Chiang Rai is a mountainous city in northern Thailand, near the borders of Laos and Myanmar. It has many ancient temples and tribal villages along the Mekong river. It has a plenitude of historical and cultural attractions and immerses a traveller in its pleasant collection of temples, art, music, and local food.
Chiang Rai is part of the Golden Triangle and was once a hub for opium trade. However, it is now famous for its temples and other cultural attractions, especially the Black and White temples. To experience the real beauty of this countryside, take a calming boat ride in the Mekong.
The city is also known for its very delectable and inexpensive local Thai food. And it is an ideal destination for jungle trekking and engaging with the hill-tribe culture. If you're a sucker for history, beautiful architecture and a laid-back vacation, Chiang Rai should definitely be on your list.
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If you visit Chiang Rai in the summer, full pants would be difficult to manage because of the hot weather. Hence shorts would be more comfortable. In the winter, full pants and capris would work.
Temples also provide sarongs for women to cover their legs. Appropriate dressing is expected in temples, as with any other Thai city.
In Chiang Rai, tipping isn't a necessity but if you really want to appreciate someone's services, THB 20 - 30 is enough.