The mountainous northern Thai city of Chiang Rai and the surrounding region, which is infamously dubbed the Golden Triangle, promises sights and experiences that will broaden your understanding of what Thailand and Southeast Asia have to offer and an eco-resort or boutique hotel Chiang Rai style is not to be missed. Straddling borders and cultural identities, Chiang Rai is often overlooked in favour of its charming, more well-known sister, Chiang Mai. The city, however, was actually the very first capital of the Lanna Kingdom and now offers unique sites, attractions, restaurants and Chiang Rai luxury hotels to offer to cultured travellers and adventure seekers alike.
Visitors are often drawn to this gem by the allures of the ornate White Temple of Wat Rong Khun, but its ever-increasing cultural attractions demand more than just a day trip. Whether you are heading off into the hills for adventure or winding down after trekking, Chiang Rai’s luxury hotels, eco-resorts and river cruises also offer a welcome chance to rest and indulge.
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Travel Itineraries Through Chiang RaiWhile certainly a destination well worth exploring in its own right, Chiang Rai is also the perfect addition to a range of Southeast Asia itineraries thanks to its accessibility from many gateways.
Journey through Thailand heading from south to north beginning in Bangkok, travelling through its many ancient capitals before venturing through the culture hub of Chiang Mai and ending your sojourn in the quiet valley of Chiang Rai. To really get a feel for the landscapes and history that define the region, keep heading north and continue onward by boat on a Mekong river cruise into beautiful Laos. The mighty Mekong connects many neighbouring nations and from The Golden Triangle and Chiang Rai, Thailand, you can journey by slow boat up the “Mother of Rivers” to the UNESCO World Heritage City of Luang Prabang.
Discover Chiang Rai’s Best HotelsLooking for the best hotels in Chiang Rai or a Chiang Rai resort? While comfortable accommodations can be found in Chiang Rai town or along the Thai side of the Mekong River in the Golden Triangle, Secret Retreats is always on the lookout for independently-owned Chiang Rai hotels and believe we’ve found the best boutique hotel in Chiang Rai. The gorgeous landscape is undoubtedly one of the best draws of this region, so why not immerse yourself in nature?
As a Chiang Rai hill resort, Phu Chaisai rises from the mists each morning as the sun rises and just being here cleanses the soul. Literally meaning “mountain of clear heart” travellers lucky enough to discover this gem are sure to fall in love.
Plan Your Journey and Book the Best Resort in Chiang Rai with Secret RetreatsThe Secret Retreats collection of luxury hotels include some of the best hotels in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Our expert concierge is always available by phone or email to help you choose the right Chiang Rai luxury resort for you as well as craft a tailormade itinerary to ensure you experience all of Chiang Rai’s magnificent sites.
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