The finest five star hotels in Chiang Saen
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Chiang Saen destination guide
Chiang Saen is a district located in the northern part of Chiang Rai Province in the north of Thailand. Although it is only small, Chiang Saen is filled with a host of historical and religious ruins that tell a fascinating story, making perfect for a special cultural break in Thailand.
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Chiang Saen was founded in the 1300s and its 14th century remains make it an ideal location for travellers with a keen eye for historical magnificence. With temperatures hovering between 20-30°C throughout the year and vast greenery surrounding its landscape, Chiang Saen makes for a calming and serene environment for those who enjoy a relaxing and peaceful holiday.
Just a 1-2 hour bus journey away from Chiang Saen is the much more active city Chiang Mai. Although more tourist central, Chiang Mai also is home to a number of historic sites to fascinate any visitor and the selection of eateries and activities the city provides make it worth a day trip whilst on your visit to Chiang Saen.
- EATING AND DRINKING
Indulge yourself in the best Thai cuisine. Here are four recommended eateries found in Chiang Saen and Chiang Mai.
- Sugar Sugar by the river (Chiang Saen) -
Situated on the banks of the Mekong River, serving a wide range of Thai and European cuisines with beautiful balcony views overlooking the river.
- Jinda’s Kitchen (Chiang Saen) -
Serving traditional local Thai dishes for over 50 years with a comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
- Ponganes Espresso (Chiang Mai) -
A small specialised coffee shop providing distinctive coffee blends in a relaxing environment.
- Dash! Restaurant and Bar (Chiang Mai) -
Constructed in a traditionally Northern Thai architectural fashion, the establishment offers gourmet Thai and international cuisines and serene garden seating.
- CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS
Sacred religious and historical monuments and ruins simply cannot be missed in Chiang Saen. Here are four recommended cultural attractions.
- Hall of Opium Museum (Chiang Saen) -
Delve into a fascinating history of the use of opium throughout the ages in this unique museum.
- Wat Chedi Luang (Chiang Mai) -
Buddhist temple located in the centre of Chiang Mai with its construction dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries.
- Wat Pa Sak (Chiang Saen) -
Historical ruins built in the 14th century, situated in its beautiful and peaceful surrounding teak wood forest.
- Wat Phra Chao Lang Thong (Chiang Saen) -
Temple located within the city walls of Chiang Saen playing host to a magnificent golden Buddha statue inside.
- THINGS TO DO
Chiang Saen and Chiang Mai offer a variety of unique activities. Here are four recommended things to do that are a must.
- Tham Khao Luang (Chiang Saen) -
An interesting cave to visit in Chiang Saen estimated around 1.7km long with passages that lead to fascinating caverns to explore.
- Mekong River Slowboat Trip (Chiang Saen) -
Sail along the 10th largest river in the world whilst enjoying the breath-taking scenery around the banks.
- Siam Rice Thai Cookery School (Chiang Mai) -
Learn the skills to cook delicious authentic Thai cuisine at a cookery school that is both unique and fun.
- A farm which offers visitors the opportunity to look after and care for an elephant for a day.