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. Put Chiang Saen into our Chiang Rai travel itinerary planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Chiang Rai.
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  • There's a lot of temples and statues, but it's all a little bit, but it's all a bit of a feature. There's a bit of a D-break around the wall there's a lot of mystery to the Golden Triangle.
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  • An interesting temple, with a social slant, that charges of whimsy. To meditate is very worthwhile
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  • To Charter a sǎwngthǎew from Chiang Rai, I came back from the border towns 'mercy'. Point to cross the Mekong River golden triangle views of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar. Guests can enjoy regional cuisine, there are plenty of restaurants along the river.
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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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