The Area: Chiang Rai
- This area is quite simply astonishing
- The taxi ride on a bumpy road that feels like the middle of nowhere is made beautiful by the scenes along the way
- These views may be amazing but can’t compete with the spectacular one on the top, in the wonderful Mae Chan Valley resort
- Lots to do, much to view and plenty of adventures to be had in the countryside and the city of Chiang Rai
Not very far from Chiang Rai, you can go and have a look to these very young temples; you will most definitely be impressed by the beauty of the buildings. Just walking around is very nice and as the entry is free, you can enjoy a second visit!
THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE
This is a really popular attraction and many come to enjoy treking in the ‘Golden Triangle’. Here you can discover the opium road, the forest, some fascinating hilltribes and more typical activities like rafting, elephant riding and visits to the stunning waterfalls.
My advice is to do at least one trek in either Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai during your visit to Thailand. Another great fun thing to do is to rent a motorbike to get around: even if you get lost like I did, even this is fun and a very good experience.
A bustling Thai city, Chiang Rai has special attractions like the traffic circle with the golden clock and the very best attraction here, the night market. Indeed, you can eat in a huge place full of tables, enjoying a concert or dance performance and more particularly, the infamous ‘ladyboys’. The atmosphere is really nice and I had a lot of fun there. So if you are staying one night in Chiang Rai, you definitely have to eat there!
Wines and Vines
Mae Chan Valley Resort
Although the Mae Chan Valley Resort was under renovation when we visited and so we were the only visitors, they agreed to conduct a visit of the winery and the area. The winery is just the most amazing winery I ever saw; the walls looks like a cave and the building is modern and very artistic. A bit further and you discover a lake that reflects the area just like a huge mirror. The only down side was that the vineyards were out of view.
Name: Mae Chan Valley
Region: Mae Chan
Class (red, white, rose): red
Grape: Shiraz premium
Alcohol content: 12.5%, but tastes and looks like more
Colour : very dark red
Flavour: Berries, copper
Flavour: a lot of tannins, very astringent. Strong first flavour no sweetness at all, then increasing sweet flavours of berries, plum and maple syrup. Not easy to drink but quite good and above all very interesting!