Rai The northernmost province
of Thailand, Chiang Rai is situated meters above sea level with
an area of some 11,678 square kilometers. It mostly mountainous,
it reaches the Mae Khong River to the north and borders on both
Myanmar and Laos. The province is rich in tourism resources in term
of natural attractions and antiquities, evidence of its past civilization.
It is also home to several hill tribes who follow fascinating ways
of life. Chiang Rai is also a tourism gateway into Myanmar and Laos.
Chiang Rai is rich in handcrafted items such as hand-woven cotton
materials; dresses and hilltribe silver ornaments, as well as woodcarving
products. Certain food items are quite popular such as Naem and
Mu Yo (preserved and fermented pork sausages). Agricultural products
include lichee (April-May), pineapples and tea, as well as other
cool climate produce from various royal projects.