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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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  • Thousands of years old and you can wander around just looking and touching stones placed all that time ago. Its beautiful and interesting  more »
  • We reached this place by chance, drifted to the taxi driver who was taking us to different places without asking us, and took us there and my friends and I haunted the place has ruins very similar to what is Ayutthaya and made Temple all wood, isn't a very big place so it runs fast but really worth it , on one side there is a spectrum for souvenirs with people soooo helpful, forget there a cell phone and when we returned by the Lady immediately went on to give us. It is a very quiet place, full of good vibe.
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  • Elements of the ancient city can be found in the ruins that speckle the now residential area. There is also a beautiful lake and park located nearby. You can really get up close and personal with the ...  more »

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Find a good range of accommodations in the area just south of Thanon Baanpa Pragram Road, including budget to mid-price hotels, and pleasant, affordable guesthouses. Head north to the Kok River and, dotted along its banks, you'll find pricier and more exclusive options, with boutique hotels and resorts making the most of their scenic location with attractive grounds and facilities.
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