Archive for the 'Chiang Rai' Category

Jan 23 2013

The Mae Kok trip, Northern Thailand

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The Kok River at Tha Ton

A boat journey on the Kok River (Mae Kok) between Chiang Mai’s Tha Ton town and Chiang Rai city is one of the most scenic river journeys you can do in Northern Thailand. It’s also a generally reliable, reasonably priced and well organised trip yet a relatively under-used one. Here’s a rundown on this picturesque … read the full post

Aug 25 2012

Mae Salong, Chiang Rai

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View over tea plantation near Mae Salong

If you read anything about the mountaintop town of Mae Salong, you’ll be told that it doesn’t resemble a typical Thai town at all and that you’ll feel like you’re in northern Laos or southern China. That’s very true; the reason being it was founded in 1961 by remnants of the Kuomintang, (KMT, or Nationalist … read the full post

Mar 30 2012

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

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A fraction of the size of Chiang Mai’s more famous night bazaar, the mini version in downtown Chiang Rai is still a pleasant place for an evening stroll and an excellent option for snacks and a beer or dinner. The offerings are similar, though much reduced in choice, to the Chiang Mai version: hill-tribe handicrafts, … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Chiang Khong sunrise

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Chiang Khong … don’t think we’ve written about this charming little Mekong riverside town yet so to make up for our glaring omission here’s a series of colourful sunrise photos of this remote yet scenic border settlement. Actually first up are a couple of sunset pics taken from a vantage point above Chiang Khong town … read the full post

Oct 18 2011

Ban Lorcha: An Akha village in Chiang Rai

An Akha village just off the road between Tha Ton and Mae Chan, close to the turn off for Mae Salong in northwest Chiang Rai province, Ban Lorcha is also the site of a community-based tourism scheme run by the Population & Community Development Association (PDA). This pilot project aims to create a sustainable tourism … read the full post

Sep 06 2011

A favourite north Thai temple: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Saen

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Wat Chedi Luang translates as ‘royal stupa temple’; there are quite a few similarly named temples around but we’re referring to the old Chiang Saen one, so named since it’s thought to have been the principal temple of King Mengrai’s former capital. Located in the northwest of Chiang Rai province on the banks of the … read the full post

Aug 20 2011

Chiang Rai’s Sob Ruak

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The Thai government and Tourism Authority of Thailand have very successfully converted their part of this once wild region into a highly profitable tourism hot spot. It’s now firmly up there with floating markets, historic cities and Krabi beaches on visitors’ must-sees and where once opium flowed out of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai to … read the full post

Aug 16 2011

The Golden Triangle

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The Golden Triangle is one of those regions that has captured popular imagination: think warlords, secret armies, opium mule trains chugging through the jungle, triads, the DEA and CIA, hill tribes, remote villages and above all the chest-high pink and white poppies that are the source of opium and its derivatives, morphine and heroin. Through … read the full post

Aug 13 2011

Chiang Rai’s House of Opium

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Or ‘welcome to the house of fin’, (fin being the Thai translation)! The House of Opium is the original of the two museums in tiny Sob Ruak (in Chiang Rai province) dedicated to the sticky resin of this one particular flower. There is also the new, flashy — and expensive — Hall of Opium, which … read the full post

Aug 09 2011

Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens

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Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens are located in Chiang Rai’s Doi Tung district, close to the Burmese border town of Mae Sai. Now some 20 years old, the superb gardens were created in the early 1990s when the particularly troublesome Akha village of Pa Kluay was relocated by the royal-backed Doi Tung Development Project. The … read the full post

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