I just came back from a trip to Thailand (Bangkok and parts of Northern Thailand) and my favorite place by far was Chiang Rai. I loved the people, the food, and the oh-so-cheap massages! If anyone will be in Chiang Rai in the future, you must eat at Sawadeep located upstairs in the night market. Order the pad thai (or as they call it, "pud" thai) and the lightly fried fish. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.