The mountains and jungles, with their abundance of flora and fauna, are perfect places for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Many flowing rivers offer an exciting way to pass through the natural beauty of the landscape.
The city of Chiang Rai was founded in 1262 by King Mengrai, who later moved the capital of his Lanna Kingdom from Chiang Saen to Chiang Rai. It was the capital for a brief time before threats of invasion led to the laying of the foundations in Chiang Mai, which would eventually replace Chiang Rai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Later, in 1786, when King Ramatobodi (Rama I) was consolidating the country after the destruction of Ayutthaya, it became part of Thai territory and was later proclaimed a province in 1910 by King Rama VI.
Nowadays, Chiang Rai province is considered new gateway to Laos and Myanmar.