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Chiang Saen - the old city walls

Address: Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Ranked #24 of 51 things to do in Chiang Rai
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Bangkok, Thailand
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This sleepy ancient capital on the Southern Bank of the Mekong is certainly worth the detour once you get in Chiang Rai. The former walled city has an history going back many centuries.

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new jersey
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43 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We did stop there and was ok for a 15 minute stop. Not much compared to other places in Thailand. The ruins are really ruins and perhaps if money were spent to restore them a bit and have information about the history it would be worth more time.

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Said to be one of the oldest settlements in Thailand, the Old City has lots of sites (most crumbling) with the best ones requiring a ticket to get close to them. Many temples surround the Old City, and are being restored (perhaps not always the the degree of authenticity that might be desired). Helps to take a guide (lots to... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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290 attraction reviews
299 helpful votes 299 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 via mobile

Chiang Saen - the old city walls is just a pile of rock unless the history of the place are being explained. Unless I missed the signage, there was no explanation for visitor to learn of its history. The Tourism Authority of Thailand need to allocate certain budget to bring awareness to our important sites. Thailand has many historical sites... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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45 attraction reviews
722 helpful votes 722 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Well worth a visit is Chiang Saen as this part of Thailand is so different from the south. Here there is a totally different pace of life and the people are even more warm and friendly, if that is not an oxymoron in the Land of Smiles! On the banks of the mighty Mekong River, Chiang Saen boasts a lot... More 

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Chiang Rai, Thailand
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It can be hard to detect at first, but once you do you will be amazed at what was done. True history going on for miles. Just let your mind float back to the old days of its orign and think just how much went into making this protective wall. I for one was impressed.

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Chiangmai
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

With over 2,000 years of history, the district of Chiangsaen in Chiangrai province is bordered with Myanmar and Laos. Tropical conditions has from year to year destructed the ancient city. One has to be keen on archaeology and appreciated history to go around the district to visit various sites. Some site has minor fees that hardly paid for the maintenance... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We loved the old city walls and the work that would have been needed to do it all those centuries ago, once section had trees growing in it and it was something we will not forget

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Asia
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171 reviews 171 reviews
41 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A must go and do if you have enough time to do. Located at around 60 kilometers from Chiang Rai. Beautiful

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Chiang Mai
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had a day to kill so we thought we would go see the ruins at the oldest Thai city in Thailand. It was an easy drive on the good road between Chiang Rai and Chiang Saen. The walls have an easy road to follow on the inside. On the outside there are other ruins as well that you may... More 

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