Friday, December 19, 2014

Wat Phra Kaew in Chian-Rai

Wat Phra Kaew in Chiang-Rai is historically significant for the Thai People. It was a past home to the Emerald Buddha now located in Wat Phra Kaew next to the Grand Palace in Bangkok. Within the grounds of the Temple there is a Buddhist Museum which is worth walking through if you have the time. The Temple is located in downtown Chiang-Rai and you can follow the link in this blog to see the exact location.

Chiang-Rai Night Bazaar

After a long day of touring northern Thailand, the Chiang-Rai Night Bazaar is a great place to relax to some music while you eat and drink to revitalize for the next day's Tours. The Bazaar area has a food court and two stages offering different entertainment. There are also many shops to buy your family gifts made by Thailand artisans.

Khunkorn Waterfall in Chiang Rai Province

Khun Korn Waterfall, located within a lush bamboo forest, is located approximately 30 kilometres outside Chiang Rai city to the southwest. Getting there is easy, taking Route 1208 past Wat Rong Khun and follow the signs (which are in English). The trail from the parking area is 1,400 meters and a fairly easy hike. The waterfall is a must see if you have the time, for the height of the waterfall is 70 meters, making it one of Thailand's highest.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Boon Rawd Farm and Singa Park in Chiang Rai

Boon Rawd Farm, is located southwest of the city of Chiang-Rai, is reported to be one of the largest tea producers in Thailand.  The farm is large and well maintained growing mostly tea but there are large areas of fruit trees and other fruits and vegetables.  The farm is an amazing sight, with views of the various crops and surrounding mountains that can be enjoyed from the Boon Rawd Farm Restaurant which is perched on top of a hill in the middle of the farm.

Boon Rawd Farm is part of the Singha business, one of the biggest beer manufacturers in Thailand.  Singha Takes advantage of this by placing Singha Park Adjacent to the Farm and along Route 1211, making access easy.  Singha Park is mostly gardens with an area where you can buy products from the farm as well as Singha.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Mae Sai - Border Town with Myanmar

Monument to the northern most point in Thailand

Mae Sai is the northernmost district of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand and is a major border crossing between Thailand and Myanmar. The monument shown above is located just east of the Burma - Thailand Bridge.  The border area is chock full of small street shops to allow the Burmese to take advantage of the lower cost of goods in Thailand.

Overlooking the border area is the Wao Chedi, just a short walk up from the market area.  The views from the chedi are amazing and give you a great over view of the entire border area and a large portion of the Town of Mae Sai. 

Mae Sai is home to many different peoples of the various tribes that once prospered in this area.  I was lucky enough to be visit while the town  was having a festival celebrating the 10 tribes.  

Photos of the border area:

Mae Sai Border AreaMae Sai Border Area

Mae Sai Border Area market area

Mae Sai Border AreaMae Sai Border Area

Views of the Wao Chedi.

Wao Chedi overlooking the Mae Sai border areaWao Chedi overlooking the Mae Sai border area

Wao Chedi overlooking the Mae Sai border areaWao Chedi overlooking the Mae Sai border area

Wao Chedi overlooking the Mae Sai border area

Views of the Mae Sai Festival:

Mae Sai FestivalMae Sai Festival

Mae Sai Festival

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