Chiang Rai, the capital of the northernmost province of Thailand, is a popular destination for adventurous activities in Northern Thailand, such as elephant trekking, visiting waterfalls and hot springs, and exploring the Golden Triangle area on the Mekong River (the border area shared with Laos and Myanmar). As the city is the main base for exploring the northern region, finding a good hotel in Chiang Rai is a must, and many Chiang Rai hotels are both beautifully decorated and well-priced. Slower and more rustic than its better-known northern counterpart, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is also a good option for a long-term stay, and many Chiang Rai hotels offer this option.
The first decision for travelers looking for Chiang Rai accommodation is to decide whether they want to stay in the center of town within walking distance of the central sights or in the somewhat nicer hotels and resorts further away from the city center. Many of the Chiang Rai hotels in the city center are close to the Night Bazaar and the restaurants lining the Phaholyothin and Jedyod roads, making it convenient to head out for a quick bite to eat. Meanwhile, the hotels on the outer edges of the city tend to have a more resort feel, and some are located on the banks of the Mae Kok River. From these hotels on the outskirts it is just a short cab ride to the center of the city, so travelers usually do not have to sacrifice too much convenience for the sake of staying in a relatively spacious hotel in Chiang Rai. For those hoping to make excursions into Chiang Rai Province, many treks and tours can be organized through your hotel or guesthouse.
Another good alternative to finding a hotel in Chiang Rai proper is to check out some of the resorts about an hour away in the Golden Triangle region. Set among a beautiful backdrop of jungles, rivers, and hill-tribe villages, these resorts have everything you need, and they are an excellent base to explore neighboring tribal villages and scenic areas.
The epitome of Chiang Rai accommodation can be found in the luxury five-star resorts. The Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle Resort (pictured) offers a unique resort experience complete with luxury tents that evoke nineteenth-century expeditions, hand-hammered copper bathtubs, private decks, and a variety of spa treatments and excursion opportunities. Closer to Chiang Rai City, Le Meridian Resort and Spa, one of the best Chiang Rai Thailand hotels, offers luxury accommodation close to the city center and its sights, on beautiful historic grounds on the banks of the Mae Kok River.
Your choice of Chiang Rai accommodation is important, as it will be the base of your activities in the area as well as possibly your point of departure for many tours and excursions. However, with such a variety of options, it should not be difficult to choose the hotel that best suits your needs for your trip to Thailand.