Chiang Rai: General information, weather, seasons, time
General information about Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai (Chiang Rai, Changrai, Chennai, Bang PLA Soi, Mueang Chiang Rai) is a city in Northern Thailand and capital of the eponymous province. It is the northernmost among the major cities of Thailand, located near the border at the confluence of the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar near the famous "Golden triangle". It is 785 km North of Bangkok and 155 km North-East from Chiang Mai. The city is a major commercial centre in the "Golden triangle". The city's population is 200,000 people.
The city of Chiang Rai was founded by king Mengray of the Lanna Kingdom in 1262 as the capital, the way it was before 1281, until he was transferred to the city of Lamphun (Lamphun). Then Chiang Rai was conquered by the Burmese, and only in 1786, king Rama I annexed Chiang Rai to Thailand.
The city of Chiang Rai and the whole province, together with the "Golden triangle", is popular among tourists because of its historical sites that tell about ancient civilizations. The historical past of these places is very rich, and, according to some versions, that here was born the culture of Northern Siam and then spread to the whole country. A special "attraction" are the tribes living here, among which the most famous are the tribe of "long-necked" Karen and Akha tribe. Aside from the sights of Northern Thailand famous for its natural beauty, including the beautiful mountains and fields, mysterious caves and beautiful waterfalls. Some natural attraction are the hot springs of the province. Chiang Rai is also the gateway to Myanmar (Burma), Laos and China. A beach holiday here.
It should be noted that Chiang Rai is not the ultimate point to visit the "Golden triangle", which is usually the confluence of the rivers and the borders of three countries. In order to visit this place often and rush the tourists from Koh Chang Paradise will have to take the bus about half an hour. So, if you want to visit the city of Chiang Rai just for a trip to Golden triangle may need to do this and not worth it. With the same success it is possible to visit these places and on the tourist bus from Chiang Mai to tour, and by the evening return back to Chiang Mai. Tour from Chiang Mai in the province of Chiang Rai in one day with a visit to hot spring white temple Golden triangle with a boat trip to Lao island costs about 1000 baht (+300 baht for the boat trip). Moreover, it is worth noting that the cost of excursions from Chiang Rai usually more expensive than the same tours from Chiang Mai, which is connected, apparently, with a small number of tourists and an incomplete set of tourist groups. Therefore, in our opinion, the option of visiting the "Golden triangle" and the "White temple" of Chiang Mai is an excellent alternative to stay in Chiang Rai.
But if you don't want to just visit in the province of Chiang Rai Golden triangle and White temple, and ready to fully explore this wonderful province, then welcome to Chiang Rai. In addition to the city of Chiang Rai and the Golden triangle in the province there are very many interesting places. To at least briefly take a ride through the most interesting places of the province, you should plan on it for at least three days. Of course, during such a trip you won't have to stay all these days in the city of Chiang Rai, since in the province there are many cities where you can stay and spend the night along the route.
Well still it is necessary to say a little about the day in the city of Chiang Rai: at nine o'clock in the evening practically everything in the city closed everywhere extinguished the lights and the city goes to sleep. A slight recovery in the evening is stored only in the area of the old bus station, where a night market, the food court under the open sky, and several restaurants. No entertainment, besides shopping at the market and dinner at one of the local, pedal, here to find. But the atmosphere here there is just extraordinary.
If you where to stay in Chiang Mai (where there are more attractions and overall more interesting) or Chiang Rai and you consider this only as a transit point to Burma or Laos, you can safely choose any of the cities.
So, if you have decided on an independent and detailed familiarity with the province and city of Chiang Rai, study the information carefully:
- How to get to Chiang Rai, how to travel around the province
- Hotels Of Chiang Rai. Where to stay?
- The attractions of Chiang Rai
- The attractions of the Province of Chiang Rai
- Golden triangle
Weather in Chiang Rai, tourist seasons
Visit Chiang Rai for the entire year. It is always warm and cozy. But the seasons of Northern Thailand have their own specifics.
Unlike the rest of Thailand, where, as a rule, stands out for only two seasons (the season of rain and dry season), there are three seasons: cold season, hot season and rainy season. The most favorable and convenient for tourists is the cold season.
The cold season. From December to February. The day temperature is very comfortable, but the nights can be a little chilly and you will need warm clothes. Rain almost never falls.
The hot season. From March to may. The hottest time of the year with daytime temperatures reaching 40 degrees. A bit of rain, but the humidity is very high. What is bad, in this period of frequent forest fires in the jungle and, as a result, much smoke. It is recommended to avoid visiting Chiang Rai during this period.
The rainy season. From June to November. The temperature is quite comfortable, but this time rainfall. Fortunately, the rains are usually short-lived, though, and plentiful. The maximum rainfall is in July and August. If you are planning a trip during this period, please note that showers may make serious adjustments to your itinerary.
Seasons in Chiang Rai by months*
* best time to visit;
appropriate time to visit;
not a recommended time to visit
Festivals in Chiang Rai, when is the best time to go
- "Krathong" (Loi Krathong) , is held on the full moon in November. Each year thousands of people run in the water boats, made from banana leaves and decorated with flowers and candles to pay homage to the God of water.
- "Songkran" (Songkran) is held in mid-April, during the celebration of the Thai New year. The festival has many religious and traditional entertainment as well as universal pouring water.
- Flower festival — a three-day festival held annually on the first weekend of February. During the festival parades, traditional dances, a beauty contest.
Reviews about Chiang Rai
- Read a very informative and practical review Slonihome about traveling in Thailand
- Opinion about the trip to Northern Thailand from the authors of the website "Our planet"