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Chiang Saen District
Route 110, then 1016

About 60 kilometres from Chiang Rai, Chiang Saen is a small town on the bank of the Mekong River. The ruins of the earthen city walls and temples that scattered throughout the town are existing proofs of the Chiang Saen kingdom and thus are worth visiting especially for those interested in history.

Chiang Saen National Museum
The museum, located near the old city walls, is famous for its invaluable Buddha images and artefacts of the Chiang Saen Kingdom which flourished in the 11th and 12th centuries.
National Museum, Chiang Rai
Chiang Saen National Museum
National Museum, Chiang  Rai
The head of the Lanna art style reclining Buddha image found at Wat Phranon exhibited beside Chiang Saen National Museum
Admission Fee : 30 baht
Open : 09.00-16.00 hrs., except Mondays, Tuesdays and national holidays

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang
Located next to the museum, this ancient temple features the tallest pagoda in Chiang Rai. The 88-metre high brick pagoda is in the bell shape of the classic Lanna style.
Wat Phra That Chedi Luang, Chiang Rai
The pagoda of
Wat Phra That Chedi Luang
Wat Phra That Chedi Luang, Chiang Rai
The main vihara (assembly hall)
of Wat Phra That Chedi Luang

Wat Pa Sak
Located outside the city walls, this temple remains with ornamental stucco motifs is regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of Lanna architecture.

Wat Phra That Chom Kitti
This temple ruin, situated on a hilltop a few kilometers north of Wat Pa Sak, has a pagoda containing a Buddha relic. While on the hilltop, visitors can enjoy a good view of Chiang Saen and the Mekong River.

Chiang Saen Lake
It is located 5 kilometres south of Chiang Saen along Highway 1016. This one square kilometer lake is a temporary home for many kinds of water birds during winter (November through February). Accommodations are available.

Golden Triangle (or Sop Ruak)
Located 9 km to the north of Chiang Saen county is this world-famous place where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.
 
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
 
You can stand at the very point where the Ruak River from Myanmar flows into the Mekong, to take a fine view of the rice fields and the distant mountains.
 
Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai
 
To get a wider view of the banks of Myanmar and Laos, you can climb up Doi Chiang Miang on the riverside. But don't expect to see any such things as poppy fields, heroin factories or drug addicts or traffickers here. Just enjoy the natural beauty and be proud that you have been to a widely-known locality. There are boat services for tourists to enjoy the scenery and to cruise to Chiang Saen county.
Hotels and guesthouses are available and so are restaurants, souvenirs stalls, trekking and boat ride arrangements.

The Hall of Opium, Golden Triangle Park

Location:
10 km north of Chiang Saen Town (near the Golden Triangle) in Chiang Rai Province
Hall of Opium, Chiang Rai
The entrance
The Hall of Opium was established in cooperation by the Mae Fah Luang Foundation and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) with initial funding from the Japanese Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund.

The Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China provided technical assistance for the section on the Opium War.

The Exhibition

Visitors to the 5,600 sq.m. state-of-the-art exhibition will journey through more than 5,000 years history of the use and abuse of opiates. They will learn about the origins of the opium poppy, the medical and ritual use of opium in ancient civilisations, its spread throughout the world, the Opium Wars and their impact on China, the century of legal opium use in Thailand, the role of opium and other narcotics in modern medicine, and international efforts to control narcotics. Vivid and thought provoking presentations of the effects of drug abuse and case studies help visitors to understand the severity of addiction and choices available to fight the temptation of drugs.

Hall of Opium, Chiang Rai
The opium den, part of the exhibition
Hall of Opium, Chiang Rai
Shanghai, part of the exhibition

Photos by courtesy of the Hall of Opium

Opening Hours:
08.30-16.00 hrs. daily except Monday.

Admission fee (per person)
Thais: 200 baht
Foreigners: 300 baht

For more information, please contact Hall of Opium Tel:+66 (0) 5378 4444 to 6
Fax: +66 (0) 5365 2133

Chiang Rai Attraction List
Cultural Attractions
Wat (Buddhist Temples) 
Wat Klang Wiang
Wat Ngammuang
Wat Pa Sak
Wat Phra Kaeo
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Wat Phra Sing
Wat Phra That Chedi Luang
Wat Phra That Chom Kitti
Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong
•• Wat Phra That Doi Tung
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Wat Rong Khun
Others 
Chiang Saen National Museum
The Hall of Opium, Golden Triangle Park
Hilltribe Development & Welfare Centre
Hilltribe Villages
King Mengrai Statue
Natural Attractions

Parks

Doi Luang National Park
Khun Kon Waterfall Forest Park
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Mae Fa Luang Garden
Somdet Phra Si Nakarin Park
Doi (Mount)
Doi Mae Salong
Doi Pha Tang
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Doi Tung Area
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Doi Tung Royal Villa
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Phu Chi Fa
Others
Chiang Saen Lake
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Golden Triangle (or Sop Ruak)
Khun Nam Nang Non
Kok River
Tham Pha Chom
Tham (cave) Pum, Tham Pla & Tham Phayanak
Viewpoints

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