13 destinations have been carefully chosen by the Tourism Authority of Thailand as part of this newly-launched “One Night Stay with Locals” project to enable travelers to have more unique local travel experiences and adventures seldom seen in mainstream tourism. Continue reading Discover a different side of Thailand with a “One Night Stay with Locals”
Between Chiang Rai city and Mae Sai city, lies the infamous Golden Triangle. Known for the drug smuggling, poppy growing and opium trade, the Golden Triangle has mostly been cleared of these notorious activities, mostly on the Thai side. Before you reach the site of the Golden Triangle, you can see an Opium Museum which is dedicated to the history and tradeof the opium to as recent as the 7-s and 80s. Do not be surprised by numerous police and army checkpoints enroute up to the Triangle but it is a necessity to prevent drug and people smuggling activities. Protocols aside, the Golden Triangle is a beautiful location on the hill overlooking the Mekong River which divides Thailand from Laos and Myanmar (Burma).
There are day tours to the Golden Triangle in Thailand but we chose to drive in order to explore more of this region where normal tours would not go. At the point of the Triangle is the famous Golden Triangle Gateway where the Mekong River divides the 3 countries.
The great Mekong River is not just a source for travel between countries but also a food source for aquatic animals (you will find plenty of little restaurants serving dishes of fish, fresh water prawns and more on three sides of the border here), trade of semi-precious stones and Burmese jade, as well as a way to discover the river communes of the Thai, Laotian and Myanmar peoples.
Some of the boat peoples live on floating homes along the river side while trading on all three borders. However if you want to visit the other two countries, there are ferry boats to Laos and Myanmar a little further up that will take you for a fee but require your passport for disembarking.
Up on the hill at the Golden Triangle sits a remarkable huge gold Buddha, the symbol of peace between the three countries whose main religion is Buddhism. You can have a good view of the Mekong River, Laos and Myanmar from here and a little further down next to the temple is a ferry service. There are a few statues of interest here and most magnificent is a pair of more than life-sized elephants in full regalia guarding the entrance to the temple.
At the main entrance in the front is a statue of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and plaque of three terracotta Buddhas.
Singha Park and a Russian cultural exchange Day 2 – Evening activity with the TATNewsroom Bloggers So, what has the beautiful scenic Singha Park in Chiang Rai got to do with a Russian cultural exchange you may ask? Wherever the TATNewsroom Bloggers go, you can expect the unusual! After the stopover at Baan Dam and a lesson on the darker side of art with a … Continue reading Singha Park and a Russian cultural exchange
Day 2 of our Amazing Thailand discovery with the TATNewsroom team started very early at 05.00 from Novotel Sukhumvit 20 Hotel where we had all spent the night. I do not think any of us got much sleep as we were all excited and impatient for the action-packed itinerary to follow. We had a nice breakfast box ready for each of us from the hotel … Continue reading Doi Tung Royal Villa and Mae Fah Luang Garden
Exploring the Northern provinces of Thailand is where you can still experience many of the traditional heart and culture of the country. As part of the ancient Lanna Kingdom and influences from neighbouring countries of Laos and Myanmar (formerly Burma) to as far as India and China, it is a melting pot of rich customs, food styles, handicrafts, sights and travel experiences. Infused with old … Continue reading Best travel tips for 3 Days 2 Nights in Chiang Rai
This is actually the first time I am in Chiang Rai. Prior to the trip, our plan was to cross over to the Burmese border to have a look around so we looked for hotels around the area of Mae Sai which is where the border gateway stands between Thailand and Burma. There are a few motels in Mae Sai and the bigger more prestigious … Continue reading Beautiful budget motel Kongkam House in Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai being the Northern most city of Thailand was one of our destinations for exploration in Thailand. Having heard much about this province, we decided to make a 3 days 2 night stay in Chiang Rai and explore this region. Chiang Rai was part of the former Mangrai dynasty and was made a capital city by King Mangrai in the year 1262 CE. Today … Continue reading Authentic Lanna dining at Krua Sukhothai Restaurant Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai city has an affection for things Colonial, and this is the second restaurant that we have been too with similar affluent Colonial styles. Both these restaurants are situated along the same river, the River Kok but Chivit Thamma Da or “The Ordinary Life” in English is quite different in subtle touches and food. It is a family-run restaurant that has a concept of … Continue reading The extraordinary at Chivit Thamma Da Restaurant Chiang Rai
Known as the Black and the White, Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) and Baan Daam (Black House) are both creations by two very controversial artistic sons of Chiang Rai. While one is more immersed in creative artistic sculptures and outspoken, the other prefers a minimalistic approach and is more immersed in natural finishes and off course music and poetry. Yet both have left wonderful … Continue reading The weird and the wonderful of Wat Rong Khun Chiang Rai
The province of Chiang Rai is one of the most beautiful Northern provinces of Thailand. Still very much unspoilt by development, the main industry being agriculture and eco-tourism. The mountainous landscape with flowing rivers and valleys makes it the ideal location for premium tea growing. You can do a day trip to Chiang Rai tea plantations on your own or with a travel advisor. Choui … Continue reading Tea delight at Choui Fong Tea plantation
Going to Chiang Rai is like stepping back in time to the old country where there are very few modern buildings, the airport is still small and life is basically on a slow mode . This is great when you want a different atmosphere not too far from the cities and is just a one hour fifteen minute flight from busy Bangkok. You … Continue reading Absolutely Melt in Your Mouth experience in Chiang Rai