11 Things Not To Do In Thailand

NB.There is a general tone of supporting western attitudes towards animal welfare throughout this article. Retire In Thailand does not condone the use of captive wild animals for the purpose of amusing tourists for profit but recognizes that it is widely practiced in Thailand and other other Asian countries and is not against the law in those domains. NB2. This isn’t your usual list of…

Chiang Mai or Chiang Rai?

To receive more informative posts like this one be sure to subscribe What’s the best place to retire in Thailand? That is a matter of personal choice.  Do you want to be near the beach, do you want a lot of night life or are you looking for some place that has everything you need but is still quiet and peaceful? It is a feeling…

Spotlight On Chiang Rai’s Hidden Charms

To receive more informative posts like this one be sure to subscribe Tucked away in the far-north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is emerging as the next destination to check out almost by accident. You could say Chiang Rai enjoys obscurity. For the casual visitors it presents a baffling puzzle; just what do you do after you have seen its colour-coded temples? But to others that’s…

Retire in Thailand and Enjoy Sports Fishing in Chiang Rai Province

The Kieng Doi Fishing Park in Chiang Rai is a Family run fishing park very near to the Chiang Rai town center. With very good prices for fishing and rod hire it’s definitely worth a visit if you are up there in the North of Thailand. Chiang Rai offers a few fishing parks, in my opinion the best of the bunch is Khieng Doi Fishing…

The Tiny Town of Mae Salong in Chiang Rai bears a distinctive Chinese Past

  The Martyr’s Memorial Hall in Doi Mae Salong (Image: Wikipedia) The history of Doi Mae Salong community set against a backdrop of the Chinese Civil War after after Mao Zedong’s communist party victory in China, the defeated Kuomintang (KMT) armies were led by Chiang Kai-shek who later retreated to Taiwan. From the defeated army, the General Tuan Shi-wen led about 4,000 soldiers of Kuomintang (KMT) 93rd Division…

King Mengrai Festival

The King Mengrai is a major festival of Chiang Rai. This is celebrated all over the city. The festival, consists of spectacular, colorful parades, cultural performances and competitions. It is held to celebrate the establishment of Chiang Rai and the Lanna Kingdom.  During this festival there is a great deal of food stalls and shops. The main items on sale are local products and house…

Songkran 2019

This year (2019) the festival will be held in Chiang Rai from Sat, April 13th until Mon, April 15th. What is Songkran? Songkran is Thailand’s most famous festival. An important event on the Buddhist calendar, this water festival marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year. The name Songkran comes from a Sanskrit word meaning ‘passing’ or ‘approaching’. How do the people of Thailand celebrate…

All about Chiang Rai

The photo is of Maitreya.  According to Buddhist tradition, Maitreya is a Bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. According to scriptures, Maitreya will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha (also known as Śākyamuni Buddha). General Information Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand is about 785 kilometers north of Bangkok. Situated on the Kok River basin,…

What to Do When You’re in Chiang Rai

  Many travelers think of Chiang Rai as a peaceful province that has very little going on besides mountain trekking and hill-tribe visits. The city area, in particular, is often dismissed as not worthy for a visit. In fact, Chiang Rai offers a whole lot more in terms of activities. With ecotourism as the main theme, you will find nature a major part of your…

Chiang Rai Hill Tribes

Chiang Rai Hill Tribe Villages Learn more about the rich diversity of northern Thai culture by visiting one of the hill tribe villages near Chiang Rai during an exploration of the Golden Triangle—where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet. Here are some of the best hill tribes to visit from Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai. Karen Village The Karen people originate from Myanmar and are the…