Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost province, is part of the Golden Triangle region bordering Laos and Myanmar (Burma). It’s distinguished by its remote hill tribes who live in mountainous terrain accessible by trekking. Chiang Rai City, on the Mae Kok Rive, has a well known night market and the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), a modern Buddhist shrine with quirky modern sculptures and murals.
Nearby Doi Tung Mountain is the site of a Royal Villa, a summer palace turned museum that blends traditional Lanna and contemporary architecture. Doi Tung is also topped by a 10th-century temple (Watphrathat Doi Tung) said to house the Buddha’s collarbone. Other notable temples include Wat Phra Kaew, said to be where Thailand’s revered Emerald Buddha statue was discovered in the 15th century, and 14th-century Wat Phra Singh. Thailand’s northernmost town, Mae Sai, is a hopping-off point to Myanmar, while Chiang Khong is a gateway to Laos.
Wat Rong Khun
Doi Tung Development Project
King Meng Rai the Great Monument
17 Singha Kul Road, Wiang Subdistrict, Mueang District, Chiang Rai 57000 Phone 053-711366 www.overbrook-hospital.com
Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital
1039 Road, Nursing Home, Wiang Subdistrict, Chiang Rai 57000 Phone 053-9106000 www.crhospital.org
Kasemrad Sriburin Hospital
111/5 Asia Road 1, San Sai Subdistrict, Mueang District, Chiang Rai Province 57000 Phone 053-910999 www.kasemrad.co.th