The Emblem of Chiang Rai

Introduction
     Chiang   Rai   province   covers   some   11,678  square  kilometres  with  a  population  of  1.23 million. The  average  elevation  is  580  metres above sea level, Myanmar borders on the north, and Laos on the north and northeast. The provincial capital is 829 kilometres north of Bangkok .
     Chiang  Rai  was  founded  in  1262  by  King  Meng  Rai  and was the first   capital   of   Lanna   Thai   (Kingdom  of a  Million  Ricefields).  The  province  contains  Thailand's  northernmost  point at  Mae Sai which is well  known  for  its  crisp mountain scenery, and hilltribes. North Chiang Rai  and  falls  within the region known as the Golden Triangle, the area where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge.

How to get there
By Bus
     The   11-  hour   journey   from   Bangkok  can  be  made  on  air-
conditioned  coaches  and  non - airconditioned buses originating from the Northern Bus Terminal on Bangkok's Kamphaeng Phet 2 (Tel: 936-3660 (or) 9378065 for further details).

By Air
     Thai  Airways  Internationals  (Tel  :  Bangkok / Lan  Luang 280-0100-110,  Silom  234-3100-19, Asia Hotel 215-2020) Angle Airlines (Tel : Bangkok 953-1304) operates daily flights from Bangkok and other northern Thai cities.