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Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is both the name of a province and city in northern Thailand, and it’s an unmissable region of temples and mountainous scenery. Spending time here is a great way to find out more about Thai culture, and what makes this remarkable country tick.This is also the area known as the Golden Triangle, where Thailand meets both Laos and Myanmar. Museums, temples and golden Buddha statues abound – some of the architecture is itself spell-binding, while stepping inside gives you the opportunity to learn more about the Buddhist beliefs which inform much of daily life here.There is even an opium museum, in a nod to this area’s most infamous agricultural product. Whether you choose to stroll through lush botanical gardens or examine artefacts associated with Thailand’s royal family, you’re bound to work up an appetite for yet more mouthwatering Thai food. As throughout this country, you’re never more than a few steps away from hot, fresh delicacies.

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