Chiang Rai Backpacker By Pe-Techin

Chiang Rai is the gateway to the Golden Triangle and one of the best places in Thailand to go trekking from. Although Chiang Mai is profoundly more popular, it’s a lot easier from Chiang Rai to get out into the real mountain wilderness in just a few days. The longer you trek, the further into the Thai countryside you will go and therefore have more chance of experiencing hill tribe villages living a traditional way of life. Hill tribes around Chiang Rai include the Akha, Lisu, Lahu and Karen. Back in town, the Chiang Rai ‘Hilltribe Museum’ is very interesting to visit to learn more about the culture and history of Thailand’s ethnic minorities; including their role in the opium trade of the past.