From the hill tribes to the breathtaking views, the abundance of adventures to be had and the wineries, Chiang Rai is appealing for a host of fine reasons. Tourists come to Chiang Rai in order to explore the rich heritage and culture of Thailand, test themselves on the rivers and mountains, observe the diversity of wildlife and sample the wines of the vineyards and wineries of this part of Thailand.
Chiang Rai is not so vast that a visitor could not navigate around it on foot but the surrounding area that holds many of the attractions, is as vast as it is fascinating. Attractions in the area include the ruins of ancient settlements, revered Buddhist shrines, jungle treks, hiking trails and the pleasures that come from the warmth of the people, the sumptuous cuisine and the beauty of Thai culture.
Chiang Rai has been inhabited since the 7th century and went on to become the capital of the great Lanna Kingdom; a province with a fascinating past that’s filled with cultural and natural wonders, including the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos, and Burma come together. The heritage of the trade routes that passed through are still in evidence in the influences on cuisine and customs too.
It is only in relatively recent times that Chiang Rai has become a popular tourist destination for travellers to Thailand; its wonderful rural way of life can still be enjoyed at a gentle pace and the old ways are still today’s ways. Adventurers and tourists will still find entire clans living together in bamboo houses in the villages of Chiang Rai.