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Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle

The city of Chiang Rai is the gateway point to the famed Golden Triangle region in the far north of the country where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos all meet. The countryside around the province is green, peaceful and very picturesque. The area is full of exotic and colourful hilltribes, endless trekking opportunities, elephant excursions through the jungle and river rafting whether it be easy grade on bamboo rafts or more advanced white water alternatives.

Chiang Rai itself is not really worth visiting for much more than one night, the night bazaar in Chiang Mai is really much more interesting, but there are accommodation options in the surrounding countryside that make for a very relaxing time or a base from where to explore this rural area.

The town of Chiang Sean, on the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong Rivers is our preferred place near the Golden Triangle to stay. The spectacular hilltop Anantara Resort & Spa just on the edge of town is one of our favourite in hotels in Thailand and the best accommodation option for the beginning of your river trip to Luang Prabang in Laos. Other stunning resorts can also be found in the Chiang Rai countryside such as The Legend and Suanthip Vana Resort.

Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle Hotels

$$$$ Anantara Resort Golden Triangle Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle

Character Boutique, Directors favourites, Luxury

Perched on a ridge, near the small town of Chiang Saen, overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos, this property is as enchanting as the fabled Golden Triangle region in which it is located....

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$$$ The Legend Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle

The resort is located directly on the Mae Kok River, secluded from the city, yet within a few minutes drive of the city centre. The immediate surroundings are relatively undeveloped providing a...

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$$ Suanthip Vana Resort Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle

Remote Location

Suanthip Vana Resort is located amidst the splendid natural forests of Chiang Rai province, two hours by road from either city of Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai. The resort comprises a series of 5 low rise...

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