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Address: Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Chiang Saen is a great outing

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 21, 2015
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United Kingdom
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342 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Thank Jmih
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 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 stars Reviewed October 28, 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 stars Reviewed October 21, 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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Thank Peter J
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 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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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

As you enter into Chiang Saen on the left hand side next to the opium museum is Wat Phra That Pukhao, you can reach the top by driving or taking the stairway, but do not attempt if you are unfit. When you reach the top, there is a viewing platform with a nice wooden sign with a map of Thailand,... More 

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Wodonga, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

An ancient temple complex in the golden triangle area that is slowly being repaired. It is worth a visit if you are interested in temples, pagodas, wats etc. if not, don't go

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Chang Rai, Chiang Rai, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Cool little town, the museum is quite small but I did enjoy it. Though last year when I went the had a lot more relics. Was told the Bangkok museum has take them for their collection. It's a beautiful town worth a look.

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