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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai

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Water Body Historic Site
Sought out for its historical significance, Chiang Saen once served as the seat of a 7th-century kingdom. Today the modern town retains ruins scattered throughout, including the architecture of many Buddhist shrines, or chedi. Big cargo barges anchor in port here, keeping the Chinese import tradition of produce and electronics alive. The river is an attraction in itself, with many tourists visiting just to watch the boats come up and down. Stop by the local museum for further background on the town's fascinating past. Add Chiang Saen to your Chiang Rai travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Chiang Rai family vacation planner.
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  • It's a terrible pity that the town of Chiang Saen has become almost synonymous with the so-called Golden Triangle, which is a cheap (or not so cheap) tourist trap. The town itself is the oldest truly ...  more »
  • The old walls still remaining around Chiang Saen pop up in various amounts, and places. Further west towards Mae Sai where the three countries meet, great local restaurants and neat market area make t...  more »
  • There are things to do and see in Chiang Saen, but you have to hunt them down. Take a Long Tail boat over to Lao Island and visit a fairly tacky market selling things that you can buy in Thailand. Som...  more »