Verdant and mountainous, Chiang Rai is located in the picturesque Golden Triangle region; with Laos to the east and Myanmar to the west, this cross-country area is one of Indo-China’s most culturally significant destinations.

The town of Chiang Rai itself offers a great base for travellers hoping to experience Thailand’s more mountainous and adventurous landscapes by trekking, cycling or rafting. We can also arrange visits to the colourful and authentic hill tribe villages or a glimpse into life in Laos or Myanmar.

Your time here can include as much or as little as you like, with a good choice of comfortable and characterful accommodation to relax in.

What to do

  • The Golden Triangle is perfect for those who love to be outdoors with white water rafting, to experience the unique culture of the hill- tribes and to sample different flavours from the usual Thai cuisine. Day trips or overland journeys into neighbouring Burma and Laos are possible from Chiang Rai.

When to go

Visit Thailand’s north from November to May for the driest weather. From November to February, the cool breezes can welcome but it is important to bring layers to keep warm in the evening.


The far north of Thailand is home to sweeping verdant rice paddies, the mighty Mekong and authentic hill tribes. For those looking to get off grid and explore deeper into the countryside Chiang Rai is a fantastic base to do so. 

Keith Jarman
Travel Designer
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