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Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai

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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 is a small town at the edge of the Mekong.c' here is that Chinese ships bring any kind of merchandise. There are archaeological sites to visit. There is also a market and several street food stalls in the central street in front of the market.
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  • the more old city capital of the Lanna.: within its walls of brick and "moat", enjoyed ruins (certainly it is no Ayuthiya, Pimai,.. .or Angkor but c is much more ancient a museum dated but interesting.) And a nice walk / lunch along the mekong to laos allows to dream of those ancient times,...
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  • 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 »