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Last attraction of our day tour

After visiting several attractions with the Golden Triangle as the last stop, we thought we were all ready to go back to Chiang Rai. But no, we still had to visit Chiang... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 March 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

The town and museum reflect the beauty of the original Lanna Kingdom capitol. The museum is worth visiting though it is small and some items have been sent to the National Museum in Bangkok. Although the walls of the city were destoyed centuries ago, the reconstuction 40 years ago still gives one a sense of what the area would have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

After visiting several attractions with the Golden Triangle as the last stop, we thought we were all ready to go back to Chiang Rai. But no, we still had to visit Chiang Saen! Our visit was focused on the ancient site, its stupa/chedi, river, and walls. Building materials are noted near this attraction. It seemed to be undergoing some restorations.... More 

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Hendersonville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016

Since this was my second visit to Chiang Saen, I enjoyed seeing how much things have changed in the last ten years. There certainly are more souvenir hawkers around the boat landing and up on the viewpoint, also more development along the river. The Buddha in a boat and his elephant companions still leave me scratching my head. If you... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

Actually a really nice town with several places to visit, 1) the old city 2) Opium Museum, 3) The viewing platform above the museum, cars can get up there to see the large Buddha and viewing platform overlooking the golden triangle 4) Take a boat to Laos, great 10 min ride and visit a Laos market selling cheap designer bags... More 

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Collingwood, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful town that is overlooked! Smaller than Chiang Rai and Chaing Mai, this is an ancient, walled city that sits beside the Melong river. We bicycled around the city one afternoon with our children, ages nine and 11. It was nice to walk alongside the river and eat some Chinese cuisine.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2016

This place is far from the city but the scenery is beautiful. The people are friendly and helpful. I love the fresh air here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2015

Chiang Saen is an interesting place where the past is maintained in the present. Many of the historical places and artefacts are still left and maintained as they are, rather been levelled for development. Trust the Thais to appreciate their past. One can either take a tuk-tuk or taxi to go to all these places, or spend a couple of... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2015

The city doesn't look of so much and maybe but are interesting if you have a little knowledge of Thai history. A walk around the temple ruin ground, knowing its the birthplace of the Thailand we know today makes it worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

Chaing Saen is great small town for a visit. It is on the Mekong River and you can watch the boats arrive from up and down the river. You can look across the river.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

Old temple area but not really that old compared to others. Ok to visit as a part of a trip but really nothing special... If you don't go you are not missing out on anything...

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