Traditional lives in Northern Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is a small village in the similar named province located in the North of Thailand. In 1262, Chiang Rai happened to became the first capital of the Lanna kingdom. The city did (and still does) profit from the opium production, agriculture, traditional art and handicrafts while residents continue to live their traditional lives. Surrounded by an astonishing mountain sceneries, visitors explore the lush jungle via various tracking trails and encounter the locals living in traditional hilltribe villages. Other special venues to explore are the ancient ruins and stunning temples.

Chiang Rai is just as Chiang Mai facing three seasons, namely the hot, rainy and cool season. The hot season is roughly from March to May followed by a period with short but intense rain falls, lasting until October. The cool season is taking from November to February, temperatures can drop to 12 degrees at night especially in the mountains it can get ‘chilly’.

There are many things to do in the beautiful nature of Chiang Rai. Think of visiting the hill tribe villages, museums, temples, hiking through the nature, visiting the waterfalls, markets and parks. A must-see of the region is the Wat Rong Khun (the white temple) situated just a few kilometers from the resort. The impressive temple is built in 1997 by the Buddhist Chalermchai. This temple can however not be compared with Thailand’s traditional temples. Buddhist Charlermchai reformed the traditional Thai art images into modern figures like superheroes and cartoons. Other famous temples in the area are the Wat Phra Kaew (formerly housing the precious Emerald Buddha) and the Wat Doi Chom Thong temple. The lovely flower gardens of Doi Tung, Suan Tung & Khom are also great places to visit. The Golden Triangle is as well an interesting spot; it is the place where Myanmar, Laos and Thailand converge.

There are several methods of transport to arrive in Northern Chiang Rai. The fastest option is by plane, starting in Bangkok it will take guest just over an hour. The bus is another possibility, taking approximately 11 hours from Bangkok. Moreover guest can come by car, boat (starting in Tha Thon, Chiang Mai) or train in combination with the bus (as there is no direct train going to Chiang Rai).

The Legend is situated in between the tranquil environment of the Mae Kok River and the buzz of Chiang Rai city. It is a peaceful resort with a spacious green garden featuring several studio’s, villa’s and infinity swimming pool. The resort’s design is inspired on the Lanna culture.