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An upscale full service hotel facility in Chiang Rai that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Chiang Rai hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
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Boutique hotels of Chiang Rai are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Chiang Rai boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Chiang Rai may be classified as luxury hotels.
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Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Chiang Rai travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Chiang Rai focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
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Small to medium-sized Chiang Rai hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Chiang Rai traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Chiang Rai hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
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Chiang Rai hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Chiang Rai hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
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Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Chiang Rai hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Chiang Rai lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs in Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Chiang Rai often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Chiang Rai on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
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A Chiang Rai motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Chiang Rai for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Chiang Rai motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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This article is about the city. For the province, see Chiang Rai Province.
Chiang Rai เชียงราย
Location in Thailand
Coordinates: / 19.90944; 99.82750
Chiang Rai Province
Districts of Thailand
Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai
23.49 sq mi (60.85 km)
1,280 ft (390 m)
3,000/sq mi (1,100/km)
Chiang Rai Clock Tower in Wiang Mueang area
Mueang Chiang Rai (Thai: เมืองเชียงราย, pronounced[mɯəŋ tɕʰiəŋ raːj]; Lanna: ᩮᨾᩥᩬᨦᨩ᩠ᨿᨦᩁᩣ᩠ᨿ: Mueang Chiang Hai; Lao: Mueang Xieng Hai) is a city in Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai Province. Chiang Rai is the northernmost large city in Thailand. It was established as a capital city in the reign of King Mangrai, in 1262 CE.
Chiang Rai (city): History
Sadue Mueang, omphalos of the city
The city was founded by King Mangrai in 1262 and became the capital of the Mangrai Dynasty. Subsequently, Chiang Rai was conquered by Burma and remained under Burmese rule for several hundred years. It was not until 1786 that Chiang Rai became a Chiang Mai vassal. Siam (Thailand) annexed Chiang Mai in 1899, and Chiang Rai was proclaimed a province of Thailand in 1933.
In 1432, during the reign of King Sam Fang Kaen of the Mangrai Dynasty (1402–1441), the Phra Kaeo, or Emerald Buddha, the most revered Buddha statue, was discovered in Chiang Rai when an earthquake split the chedi at Wat Phra Kaeo of Chiang Rai city. The beautiful jade figure was then seen concealed within. Another telling of the story has the "Emerald Buddha" hastily covered in mud just before marauders entered to pillage. Many years later, the clunky-looking mud Buddha was found to actually house a magnificent jade statue, perhaps by way of the earthquake mentioned above-which caused a piece of the clay to break off-revealing the jade beneath.
In 1992, the city pillar was moved from Wat Klang Wiang to Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong, where it is known as Sadue Mueang (Thai: สะดือเมือง), the "navel" or omphalos of the city.
Chiang Rai (city): Geography
Chiang Rai lies on the flat alluvial plain of the Mae Kok River, a tributary of the Mekong, between the Daen Lao Range in the north and the Phi Pan Nam Range in the south. The Mae Kok River runs along Chiang Rai's north side, flowing eastwards out of Burma at Tha Ton(ท่าตอม) town, bending north-eastwards and joining the Mekong River about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north-east of the city. The Lao River, a tributary of the Kok, flows south of Chiang Rai.
There are four bridges spanning the Mae Kok river within the town's boundaries, each running south–north. Most of the terrain surrounding Chiang Rai town is either flat or has moderate hills. The exception is outward in the west and north-west directions, where limestone hills are evident, some of which have straight-up exposed cliffs. That is also the direction where most of the region's Hill Tribe people have their villages, further afield.
The city is 860 kilometres (530 mi) north of Bangkok, about 200 kilometres (120 mi) north-east of Chiang Mai, 62 kilometres (39 mi) south of Mae Sai and the Burmese border; 60 kilometres (37 mi) south-west of the town of Chiang Saen on the Mekong River across from Laos; and 90 kilometres (56 mi) north of Phayao town. The Golden Triangle, the tripoint of the Thailand, Laos and Myanmar borders, is 55 kilometres (34 mi) north-east of the city.
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Source: Thai Meteorological Department
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Chiang Rai (city): Climate
Chiang Rai has a tropical wet and dry climate (Köppen climate classification Aw). Winters are fairly dry and warm. Temperatures rise until April, which is hot with the average daily maximum at 34.9 °C (94.8 °F). The monsoon season runs from late April through October, with heavy rain and somewhat cooler temperatures during the day, although nights remain warm.
Climate data for Chiang Rai (1981–2010)
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Source #1: Thai Meteorological Department
Source #2: Office of Water Management and Hydrology, Royal Irrigation Department (sun and humidity)
Chiang Rai (city): Demographics
According to the Thailand National Statistical Office, as of September 2010, Chiang Rai municipal district had a population of 199,699. With the spread of the city extending into neighboring districts, the metropolitan area is considered somewhat larger by local residents. Chiang Rai city is the capital city and business center of the Chiang Rai Province, home to 1.1 million residents.
12.5% of the population belong to hill tribes, a collective term for the minority ethnic groups in north Thailand such as the Karen, Akha, Lisu, Meo, and Hmong.
Chiang Rai (city): Government
Chiang Rai City is the capital of Chiang Rai Province.
The city hall / 19.913417; 99.826917 houses the provincial offices. The thesaban houses the municipal offices / 19.90944; 99.82750.
Chiang Rai (city): Buddhist temples
Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong, / 19.916167; 99.822750
Wat Phra Kaeo, Chiang Rai, / 19.911733; 99.827450
Wat Phra Sing, Chiang Rai, / 19.910883; 99.831367
Wat Doi Khao Khwai, / 19.881533; 99.809700
Wat Rong Khun, / 19.824667; 99.763333, a modern temple built since 1998 by Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat
Chedi Doi Trimoorati,.Map
Chiang Rai (city): Tourist attractions
Night Bazaar a night market in the middle of downtown Chiang Rai. A place for souvenirs and local products, with free cultural performances. Also more than 40 restaurants.
Lion Hill is the site of a Buddha Cave and a natural cavern where hikers can walk in the south side, and out the north side of the hill that parallels the Mae Kok River.
Saturday Night Walking Street just north of downtown. Hundreds of local folks display their crafts and food. Includes local dance and showcase displays.
Chiang Rai (city): Education
Chiang Rai (city): Colleges and universities
Mae Fah Luang University
Chiang Rai Rajabhat University
Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Chiang Rai Campus
Chiang Rai (city): International Schools
Chiang Rai International School
Chiang Rai International Christian School / 19.950367; 99.831550
Chiang Rai (city): High Schools
Samakkhi Witthayakhom School / 19.905233; 99.826633
Chiang Rai Witthayakhom School
Chiangrai municiplarity school 6
Chiang Rai (city): Primary Schools
Bansonkong School / 19.900750; 99.827850
Piti Suksa Montessori School / 19.923333; 99.832500
AMEC School, Chiang Rai / 19.844333; 99.801900
Chiang Rai (city): Hospitals
Overbrook Hospital (semi-private) Founded in 1903 by Dr. William A. Briggs, as a missionary hospital.
Kasemrad Sriburin General Hospital Private hospital.
Chiang Rai Prachanukhro Hospital Public hospital.
Chiang Rai (city): Transportation
Route 1 runs from Bangkok through Chiang Rai to Mae Sai on the Burma border. Chiang Rai is 839 kilometers from Bangkok, about 14 hours by car or by bus. According to official bus schedules, the bus ride to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, All of these times should take into account the rainy season which lasts from about June to late October, this can severely inhibit travel with road sections often completely flooded and even washed out.
Several flights are available to and from Bangkok daily. Mae Fah Luang International Airport flight time is about 1 hour and 30 minutes. There are several major operators including Thai Airways, Air Asia, Nok Air.
There is scheduled boat service between Chiang Rai and Thaton in Chiang Mai Province daily. This journey will last about 3–4 hours and is a pleasant alternative to the bus ride through the mountains.
There are currently no rail services to Chiang Rai as the railway line from Bangkok ends at Chiang Mai. There have been talks of extending the rail line from Den Chai to Chiang Rai in the near future, but this is unlikely to happen as the city's population is well below 1 million and there aren't as many international tourists visiting Chiang Rai as Chiang Mai. Also there are no major industrial complexes in the region as it is largely a rural economy.
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"Climatological Data for the Period 1981–2010". Thai Meteorological Department. p. 1. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
"ปริมาณการใช้น้ำของพืชอ้างอิงโดยวิธีของ Penman Monteith (Reference Crop Evapotranspiration by Penman Monteith)" (PDF) (in Thai). Office of Water Management and Hydrology, Royal Irrigation Department. p. 11. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
railway.co.th Archived October 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
Chiang Rai (city): External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chiang Rai.
Chiang Rai travel guide from Wikivoyage
Chiang Rai Times Provincial and local news for Chiang Rai (English language)
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