Chiang Rai Province Travel Information :
| Located 785 kilometers north of Bangkok, Chiang Rai Province is one of the most exotic places to visit in Thailand. It is present within the famous Golden Triangle area where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge. More...
Wat Pa Sak :
Wat Pa Sak is a famous ancient temple of Chiang Rai, located right outside the city walls, in Tambon Wiang, which is just about one kilometer to the west of Chiang Saen town.
It used to serve as the residence of the patriarch long time ago. The temple was christened as ‘Wat Pa Sak’ (meaning the Temple in the Teak Forest) to commemorate the efforts of King Saen Phu, who got this temple built in 1295 AD, and got about three hundred teak trees planted all around the temple.
The temple is very famous all over Thailand for its ornamental stucco motifs, and the temple’s chedi, which reflects the beautiful Lanna-styled architecture of Northern Thailand. The temple houses the holy relics of Buddha brought here from Pataliputra in India. The magnificent temple is bestowed with a pyramidal chedi which is almost 12.5 meters tall and 8 meters wide at the base. It has five delicately tapering spires and is considered as ‘the best’ and the most beautiful of all the chedis designed in Lanna-style of architecture. This chedi has been heavily influenced by the Sukhothai, Pagan (Phukam), and Hariphunchai artistic styles of architecture and incorporates the elements of these styles. More...
The Golden Triangle :
The world-famous Golden Triangle refers to the point where the borders of three countries -- Laos, Thailand and Myanmar meet. It is located about 8 to 9 kilometers north of the old town of Chiang Saen and lies along the road which runs parallel to the Mae Khong River. This area is locally referred to as Sop Ruak.
Tourists can actually stand here and watch the Mae Khong River meeting the Ruak River flowing in from Burma, creating the widely popular ‘Golden Triangle’. They can just relax and enjoy the view of the lush green rice fields, pristine natural beauty and the distant mountains from this point. The view of the Golden Triangle becomes all the more clear and distinct when one climbs over the Doi Chiang Miang by the side of the Mekong River. More...