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“Enroute to the Golden Triangle” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen
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Hall of Opium Chiang Saen Tour from Chiang Rai
Ranked #17 of 77 things to do in Chiang Rai
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Hong Kong, China
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“Enroute to the Golden Triangle”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

I decided to turn off the GPS natvigation after visiting the Golden Triangle and ended up at Chiang Saen.

Drove around town a bit and settled with a street hawker by the river overlooking Laos.

Nice place to cool off and to chill out for a bit.

Frankly, didn't visit any of the "wats" in the area. Stopped by this place straightly to chill for a couple hours by the Mekong River.

Visited July 2013
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“Long gone history....”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2013

Chiangsaen was an old city and used to be the greatest city before merge with Chiangrai. Many century ago, this city considered the forefront of trading post between the three countires: Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Now only the ruin of the city wall, lots of temples scattered around the city and mixed with other newly created buildings. So sad because it should have been well preserved than this..It should have been like Ayudhaya City (The former Capital city of Siam-Thailand). Anyway, the place is still nice to visit & roaming with bicycle or strolling along Maekong River and the town. I recommended to go only you will visit Golden Triangle as well ( it's very near each other, just a few kilometres) because nothing much to see in Chiangsaen alone. If you do not have time, skip it.

Visited April 2013
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“Sleepy historical town, the way I like it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2012

Not to be confused with Sop Ruak where you will see the converging rivers, the Mekong and Nam Ruak. I think previous reviewers have confused the two towns.

Chiang Saen is a sleepy historical town further south from Sop Ruak and has nothing of that touristy feel. This is a place for those who want a quiet place to wander old ruins, sit and daydream by the Mekong as the longtail boats go by. You wont find upmarket luxury accomodation here.

For daytrippers, you will see the ruins of the ancient temple and stupa and if you've never been to Laos or other rural parts of southeast asia, it gives you a little taste of what its like (although it can never be exactly the same).

Visited December 2012
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“Full of historical temples”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

If you want to experience authentic Thailand, as well as have the opportunity to visit historical temples, Chiang Saen is definitely worth a visit. There is not anything extremely flashy or modern for those who are seeking that type of thing, but there is a nice national museum worth visiting, and temples of all kinds can be found all over the city (check out Wat Pa Sak right outside of the city walls and Wat Chedi Luang on the main street...but there are also so many others that are fun to explore). Chiang Saen is right along the Mekong River, so after visiting the temples and wandering around the market on the main street, you can enjoy dinner from street vendors along the river. Chiang Saen is very close to Golden Triangle, so you can visit both in the same day, but I very much prefer Chiang Saen as it is less touristy.

Visited November 2012
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“tourism”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2012

Very beautiful as a smaller town than Chiang Rai but a bit touristy. The best feature was seeing the Golden Triangle and being able to see the three countries. If you go spend more time in Myanmar and dont bother with the Laos tourist market. If you want to go to Laos get your visa there 14 days and go for a few day.

Visited September 2012
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