Chiang Rai is the most northern province of Thailand far from Bangkok approx. 800 kilometres. In 1262, the city was founded by King Mengrai who moved the capital of his Lanna Kingdom from Chiang Saen to Chiang Rai. It was the capital just the short period of time before moving to Chiang Mai because of the threats of invasion. Today, Chiang Rai is the new gateway to Laos and Myanmar as the northern border of the province is the connecting point between these two countries. The Mae Kok River with 130 kilometres which is flowing from Chiang Mai is the major river separated the rugged mountainous topography of the region. You will experience the abundance of flora and fauna of the mountains and jungles, and enjoy the natural of the landscape when flowing along the river. Another highlight in Chiang Rai is Wat Rong Khun where as known as White Temple, is unconventional, contemporary and privately owned by the famous artist in Thailand. It exhibits arts in a style of Buddhist temple.