Lay of the Land
Chiang Rai is a part of the so-called Golden Triangle, the area surrounding the meeting point of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand, and located an 80-minute flight from Bangkok. From Chiang Mai, it is a four-hour drive or 30-minute flight.
Though not as popular a tourist destination as Chiang Mai, the Golden Triangle offers a bounty of activities for nature and animal lovers, and boasts the Four Seasons Tented Camp, which is reason enough to visit the region. This safari-style hotel, with tented accommodations surrounded by jungle, is located an hour-and-a-half drive from the city center.