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Chiang Rai

Home to the town of Chiang Rai, Thailand’s Chiang Rai province lies northwest of Chiang Mai and holds a varied array of attractions.  Made up of emerald mountains, hill-tribe villages and fertile rice paddies, the region is best known for the Golden Triangle —an area that became notorious in the 1920s for its opium production. Today, the term Golden Triangle has come to denote the region’s main geographical claim-to-fame: as the place where the Mekong and Ruak Rivers join, and mark the convergence of the borders of Thailand, Burma and Myanmar.  Popular activities here are boat trips along the Mekong to admire the rolling countryside, and sometimes to visit the viewing point where all three countries can be seen from one spot. Aside from these river trips, the region holds numerous other draws, from Chiang Saen, the charming old town and former Lanna capital that’s home to the Wat Chedi Luang temple, and the bizarre-looking White Temple, a contemporary all-white artwork styled like a Buddhist temple.

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