Day 4: Arrive in Chiang Rai

Well, made it to Chiang Rai. Not a bad run from Sukhothai, just over 5 hours traveling time and arrived at the hotel. We splashed out a little and settled into the Le Meridien, right on the River Mae Kok.

The hotel are full of Elephants. Yes elephants and here they are:

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More later and info on the artists.

The hotel upgraded us to Grand Deluxe room, a very big room with a view of the river. Move into the room and went straight to the pool for a refreshing swim.

History of Chiang Rai:
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.

We have been to Chiang Rai 3 times now and still find the charm of the city captivating.
What to see and do: There will be follow up posts of all the attractions we covered on this trip.
However, just one item that must be viewed is the Clock Tower.
Picture’s are of a night view I took just below the light show.

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If you can time your visit for 7, 8 or 9pm you’ll also be treated to a light and sound show as the clock chimes the hour. The laser lights with musical accompaniment make for a surreal night-time scene as pick-up trucks, tuk-tuks and motorbikes continue to buzz around the golden clocktower. Designed by Thai artist Chalermchai Khositpipat and unveiled in 2008 in honour of His Majesty the King, Chiang Rai’s elaborate golden clocktower (Hoh Nalika Chalerm Prakiat) is a work of art and tourist attraction in its own right.

More soon.

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