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Chiang Mai

The quieter neighbor of Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is a land of outstanding natural beauty, where visitors looking to avoid the hordes can visit remote hill tribes, spot exotic wildlife, and check out the golden triangle, the former center of the world’s opium trade.

Chiang Rai has been inhabited since the 7th century, but it was not until 1262 that King Meng Rai established it as the first capital of the Lanna Kingdom. The capital was later relocated to Chiang Mai and since that time Chiang Rai has lived in the shadow of its neighboring province, though for tourists this is a good thing

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Ancient walls and towering statues of gods, balmy, lantern-filled nights and tuktuk rides along cobbled streets: Chiang Mai is an enchanting city bursting with activities. Roam historic temples shrouded in gold, haggle in night markets and enjoy steaming noodles from a street stall, or indulge in world-class cuisine to live music in an upmarket restaurant. The locals here have their priorities straight: 3- 4 massages per week means the masseurs are experienced and ready to soothe your aches.

The gateway to the mountainous north, Chiang Mai is also the ideal starting point for elephant trekking, meeting hill tribes, swimming in waterfalls, or a spot of bamboo rafting. Not to be missed on any visit to Thailand, read on for a huge array of Chiang Mai-based tours suitable for everyone.