Chiang Rai is the perfect base for a visit to the Golden Triangle, the area where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet and the mighty Mekong merges with the River Ruak. This beautiful area of the country is perfect for hiking and trekking, whether you fancy a week long trek or just a short walk through the hills. It is a good area to come and find a boutique hotel and absolutely relax after an action packed trip to Thailand. The city also has a bustling weekend night market and is a hive for local produce and crafts from around the area. If you want to pick up some genuine Thai products on your trip, this is the place to go.
How to get there?
Chiang Rai is in the far north of the country and does not have any train links that reach it. If you are missing out Chiang Mai, then it is easiest to fly from Bangkok straight to Chiang Rai but if you want to combine the two, there are plenty of bus services between them each day.
The trekking in this area is fantastic but it’s who you’ll meet while you’re walking that will really make this trip a highlight. The hill tribes of the area live simply but are some of the most friendly and welcoming you’ll find in Thailand. It’s a great of finding out how they live their day to day lives and enjoy the north of Thailand at a relaxed pace.
Khao soi – the tastiest noodle dish in northern Thailand. Made using both boiled and deep fried egg noodles and mixed with cabbage, shallots, chilli and usually pork in a coconut based sauce – the combination of crunchy and soft noodles is fantastic! It’s a common street food in the area and although available in other areas of the country, this is definitely the best place to try it.