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Introduction to Chiang Rai

Mae Sai

A very common place to go for a "visa run" from Chiang Mai.

Mae Sai, or the whole 'Golden Triangle Loop' of Mae Sai to Sop Ruak to Chiang Saen and back. Mae Sai is known as the 'northern-most point in Thailand.'

There is not much to see in mae Sai. Its mainly a place to shop and look across the small stream which separates Thailand and Burma (Myanmar). Unless there is one of the rare "flare-ups" along the border, westerners can easily cross the bridge into Tachileik, Burma on the other side of the stream.

However, there's not much to do in Tachileik except shop and you're only give a one-day visa to enter. It does count as a official exit from Thailand. So be sure if your an expat or on a retirement visa you have a re-enter or multiple entry visa. This is not a place where you can enter into Burma for onward tourism.

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       ited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago.A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi which contains a hair of the Lord Buddha, having nine-tiered umbrella, made of gold weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams...

Chiang Rai

      on the bank of the Kok River within town area, contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic even before King Mengrai built Chiang Rai. Doi Chom Thong has been a sacred site for aextremely long time. The site was surely reverenced as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area.