Mekong between Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong, Thailand

Mekong between Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong, Thailand

Mekong between Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong, Thailand

Thailand on the right and Lao left - taken on the All Points East Northern Laos and the Golden Triangle tour

Taken on: 5th December, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Mark Chiang Mai's page of Flickr

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Mountainous and alluring, Chiang Rai is one of the best spots to do trekking in Thailand. The provincial capital of the same name is home to a wide range of excellent accommodation, from five-star international hotels to cheap backpacker guesthouses, as well as some great eating spots, with most cuisines covered and swish Western/Thai style coffee houses boasting free WiFi starting to multiply.

Chiang Rai also retains some of the small-town charm now relatively lacking in places like Chiang Mai and Bangkok, remaining the kind of place where a child might shout "Hello" from the back of their parents' motorbike as they speed past. Chiang Rai has a charm which has disappeared from many of Thailands cities, such as Read our complete Chiang Rai travel guide

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