GOLDEN TRIANGLE, NORTH THAILAND
The historic city of Chiang Saen is located about 60 kilometers northeast of Chiang Rai on the Mekong River. It is one of the oldest cities in Thailand.
This city was once an independent kingdom on the banks of the mighty Mekong River. It was founded in 1328 by Saenphu, the grandson of King Menrai. Nowadays it is a mostly quiet place with a large number of historical monuments and temples.
It is mainly visited by day trippers who stay in Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai. This city is also called the gateway to the Golden Triangle. This area was notorious in the past because of the poppy cultivation and the smuggling of opium.
Chiang Saen is an interesting town with many ancient ruins that remind of days gone by. You can visit a number of interesting temples, of which Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Pasak and Wat Phra that Chom Kitti are the most important.