It has a relaxed atmosphere, an excellent selection of guesthouses and riverside hotels, great local food and an abundance of Lanna art and architecture. It's also an excellent base for exploring the more remote corners of the province. To the north is the infamous Golden Triangle - the border of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar where opium warlords once nurtured the largest poppy cultivation in the world.
Jungle trekking is magical in this lush landscape, where you can visit different hill tribes without negotiating hordes of other tourists and spot exotic wildlife in the mist-shrouded mountains. There are several golf courses in the region, including one of the finest in Thailand, and a zoo and animal park to entertain the children.
Our Spin Chiang Rai is a great base for the repeat visitor, or for those looking for a quieter base from which to explore this region. The Opium Museum and visitable Royal Project sites offer a fascinating an interesting insight into the city and how much it has changed.