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Chiang Rai

Hill tribe women, Chiang Rai
Golden Triangle, near Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai province shares borders with Myanmar to the north and Laos to the northeast. The area where the three countries meet is more commonly known as the Golden Triangle and is a beautiful part of Thailand, fabled for its mountainous scenery, its hill tribes, the trekking opportunities and for its opium production. The capital of the province is Chiang Rai which was founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai and was the first capital of Lanna Thai. Chiang Rai is a laid back town and visitors often enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the proximity to some of Thailand’s most spectacular landscapes.

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