Rai province covers some 11,678 square kilometers with
a population of 1.23 million. The average elevation
is 580 meters above sea level, Myanmar borders on the
north, and Laos on the north and northeast. The provincial
capital is 829 kilometers north of Bangkok.
Rai was founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai and was the first
capital of Lanna Thai (Kingdom of a Million Rice fields).
The province contains Thailand's northernmost point
at Mae Sai which is well known for its crisp mountain
scenery, and hilltribes.
North Chiang Rai and falls within the region known as
the Golden Triangle, the area where the borders of Thailand,
Myanmar and Laos converge.
To Get There
The 11-hour journey from Bangkok can be made on air
conditioned coaches and non-air conditioned buses
originating from the Northern Bus Terminal on Bangkok's
Kamphaeng Phet 2 (Tel: 936-3660 (or) 9378065 for further
Thai Airways Internationals (Tel : Bangkok / Lan Luang
280-0100-110, Silom 234-3100-19, Asia Hotel 215-2020)
Angle Airlines (Tel : Bangkok 953-1304) operates daily
flights from Bangkok and other northern Thai cities.
Festivals & Events
King Meng Rai Festival
January 26-February 1
This features parades, cultural performances and competitions
celebrating the founder of Chaing Rai and the Lanna
Traditional Thai New Year celebrations are best seen
at Chaing Saen where 4 nations (Thailand, Laos, China
and Myanmar) compete in boat races on the Mekong River.
Beauty contests and cultural shows are added attraction.
Celebrating the province 's tastiest fruit, this
fair features agricultural displays and exhibitions,
local handicrafts, folk entertainment and beauty contests.
Information provided by T.A.T (Tourism Authority of Thailand)