Rai, Thailand's furthest northern
province, is about 785 kilometres from Bangkok and
580 meters above sea level. Its area, mostly
most important river is Mae Kok ; which is about
130 kilometers long.
Administration is divided into 13 Amphoes and
3 King Amphoes : Muang, Chiang Kong, Chiang
Saen, Mae Chan, Mae Sai, Mae Suai, Pa Daet,
Phan, Thoeng, Wiang Pa Pao, Wiang Chai, Phaya
Mengrai, Wiang Kaen and King Amphoe Mae Fa Luang,
Khun Tan, Mae Lao.
Chiang Rai was founded in 1262 A.D. by King
Mengrai, whose statue can be easily seen on
the way to Mae Chan. It used to be the capital
of Lanna Kingdom and later was conquered by
It was not until
1786 that Chiang Rai
became Thai territory and proclaimed a province
during the reign of King Rama VI in 1910 A.D.
Nowadays Chiang Rai is famous for its tasty
lychees and the Golden Triangle in Amphoe Chiang
Chiang Rai Attractions: Momument of
King Mengrai the Great
This monument is situated at the starting point of the road to
Mae Chan, Chiang Saen and Mae Sai. More
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