Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand offers a varied range of landscapes: mountains is among the most spectacular in the country, the floodplains of the Mekong northeast resemble those of Isan more south and the province shares borders with Myanmar and Laos, allowing relatively easy access to China.
The population is also one of the most ethnically diverse, with a significant presence of hilltribes, Shan, Thai and other groups of Chinese immigrants relatively recent.
The province of Chiang Rai offers a variety of sites such interest that its capital is often overlooked. If you take the time to explore, you will discover a charming little town with a relaxed atmosphere, with good hotels and excellent restaurants. In addition, it provides a clear basis for excursions in the most remote corners of the province.
Founded in 1262 by Phaya Mengrai, Chiang Rai was part of the kingdom tanna Lao-Thai. It only became Siamese territory until 1786, then a province in 1910.
Almost all hotels in Chiang Rai offer treks, usually in the areas of Doi Ring, Doi Mae Salong and Chiang Khong. Most local agencies to mediate the guides associated with the various pensions, pay as you probably cheaper by writing directly to a pension. As elsewhere in the North, it is better to hire a guide TAT.
The price of a trek depends on the number of days, the participants and the type of activity. Rates tour operators below range from 2 500 to 4 300 B per person for a 3 day trek with 2 participants. In general, prices include accommodation, transportation and meals.
Chiang Rai has a good choice of accommodation, which consist mainly in the center, around Th Jet Yod and near Th Phahonyothin. Prices have hardly risen over the past two years.