If it is Thai culture that you are craving, then Chiang Rai is the beating heart of the kingdom. From here, some of Asia’s most awe-inspiring adventures and explorations can be commenced. Inhabited since the 7th Century, it was in 1262 that Chiang Rai was established as the first capital of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. This is one of Thailand’s most beautiful locales, with atmosphere aplenty and much of it to savour. Wander amongst age-old temples suffused with charm, pick up some Northern Thai handicrafts at the charming night market, and savour the delicious tastes of Lanna cuisine, so famous throughout Thailand. Venture out of the city however and it is then when you will really be wowed. The Golden Triangle awaits, where Thailand, Laos and Burma meet. Enter a landscape of lush mountains, so green it seems illuminous, with smile-inducing vistas unfolding at every turn. In the morning, awake to a land carpeted in mist, with the mountains emerging in the distance. Life is rich in culture here, from the artisan coffee plantations to the incredible elephant experiences found at Four Seasons Tented Camp and Anantara Golden Triangle. We’d recommend at least two or three nights in this fascinating area. Call us to discover even more.