Sure, Chiang Rai is safe and worthwhile. The provincial capital is okay, some nice temples and a good night market, but the province is best known for trekking, visiting the Lahu, Akha and other tribes, and natural attractions up in the mountains (Mae Salong, Doi Tung), as well as the Mekong River stretch (Chiang Khong, Chiang Saen, Golden Triangle).
Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai is a 4 hour bus ride. If there's time you could take the long way and stop in Chiang Dao, Fang (Doi Ang Khang is lovely) and/or Tha Ton (from there you could do a boat ride down to Chiang Rai on the Kok River).
You also may want to check out Nan province if heading out in this general direction.
#2DLuek has been a member since 19/6/2008. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,346
Posted by wanderer143 on 13/12/2018 at 02:39
Both are worth checking out. I feel like the travel time from CM to Chiang Rai is gonna be worth it.
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