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Address: Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Nice walk around citywall

I liked the town as it is a quiet place along the river. Had a nice walk around the citywall, hardly any tourist here ! Good to visit as daytrip from Chiang Rai by minibus.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Son en Breugel, The Netherlands
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Son en Breugel, The Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I liked the town as it is a quiet place along the river. Had a nice walk around the citywall, hardly any tourist here ! Good to visit as daytrip from Chiang Rai by minibus.

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Chiang Rai, Thailand
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

If anyone has been to Santa Cruz in California, this is what Chiang Saen feels like to me. Well, if Santa Cruz had a longer history with temple ruins everywhere you look and standing pagodas as tall as four story buildings. The ruins are so plentiful that houses are build right next to the ruins. Some of the ruins are... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This city has several ruins scattered across the city. It is easily accessible via foot. I saw almost every ruin in the city in 5 hours, including an hour at the museum. The history museum in the city is nothing great, just some relics and a bit about the hill tribes. Go out of the city walls and have a... More 

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Hua Hin, Thailand
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Located where Thailand meets Myanmar (Burma) and Lao PDR (Laos), this town is devoted to tourism. Interesting Opium Museum, objectively presenting the roles of the British and Americans down through the years. The old city is being restored by the Department of Fine Arts and will be of at least moderate archeologial interest, though many of the ancient temples are... More 

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Bangkok
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We spend about an hour in the old city, just hop on and hop off for place of interest. We enjoyed the slow and quiet city and wished to stay there. The lady in the tourist centre is very helpful, you may get her help to plan your 'Must visit route' if you have limited time.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

The town is laid back and has a great feel about it. At night the road along the Mekong is transformed by restaurants setting up their kitchens and tables along it.

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London, United Kingdom
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110 reviews 110 reviews
45 attraction reviews
725 helpful votes 725 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This small town on the banks of the Mekong River is warm and friendly. Not a bustling metropolis like Bangkok, but a much calmer place to relax and discover the history. We loved dining from the market on the banks of the river, and eating catfish and tilapia roasted on an open fire with salt making the skin crispy and... More 

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

This small town on the border with Laos was not our favourite place to stay. There were a few nice things, ruins and temples etc, and we found a nice little Thai restaurant on the river, but we stayed for 3 nights and would have preferred to have only stayed one, much better towns nearby

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Chiang Saen is a town about 30 minutes northeast of Chiang Rai, and about 10 minutes south of the Golden Triangle. It is an ancient city that borders on the Mekhong River. AT one time, it may have been the national capital of a small city-state. The city is ringed on three sides with a large and impressive fortified wall... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Nice and wonderful experience to observe local culture, Long Neck Karen village, and boat trip to Laos. Some might say the village is set up. If you would like to see the authentic Long neck Karen people, you'll have to go deep in the jungle in a remote area close to the border. Do you think it is safety to... More 

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