Things to do in Chiang Saen

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Things to Do in Chiang Saen

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  • melkeet
    Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
    This is a ‘three in one’ Buddhist temple located in Chiang Saen. We reached here, as part of a taxi tour to the golden triangle and the ruins at Chiang Saen. Our driver first drove us up the hill, to view the temple there. You can even walk up the hundreds of steps to get there if you have time and are fit to do so. From the top, we could see the Mekong river and the border of Laos. There is a Viharn and a white chedi here. There is a hall of sculptural bronze figures of great monk of the past. Images of Buddha are found both inside and outside the temple complex. There are washroom here. We were then driven to the temples below. The chief attraction was a bell-shaped chedi sited atop a large boulder, behind the viharn. The Viharn was closed probably for renovation, and we could not go in. There is a fish pond at the lowest level.
    Written 31 December 2020
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  • Graham L
    Edinburgh, UK58 contributions
    Had wandered into the grounds of the museum much taken by the immaculate gardens and when one of the locals showed me a shortcut, flirting with a free-flowing water feature, to the museum entrance, well, it would have been rude not to go in. Thought I was going to be escorted by a guide throughout, but I think she was there to see me safely through an impressive audio visual tunnel into the start of the exhibit. Plenty of paraphernalia from the opium trade and explaining both its origins and how it came to become such a part of Golden Triangle folklore. Very decent mix between education and entertainment and a powerfully thought-provoking ending to the strains of Louis Armstrong's What a Wonderful World, rather than, what you might have expected, a stark anti-illicit drugs warning.
    Written 4 December 2021
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  • Reslimpan
    Rayong, Thailand2,818 contributions
    Decided to do a leisurely drive to the Golden triangle area. Very nice to see the mighty Mekong River and the intersection of three countries. The casinos across the river/border are an eyesore. Very nice Buddha temple and a road side market selling tea and normal tourist stuff.
    Written 2 January 2022
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  • melkeet
    Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
    Wat Pa Sak is a historical, archeologically and buddhist site in Chiang Saen District, Thailand. We reached here as part of a taxi tour of the temples in Chiang Sean and the golden triangle a few kilometres away. In Chiang Saen, it is located just outside the city's old walls, and is about 850 meters from Wat Phrathat chedi Luang. Admission ticket is 50Baht
    There are a few ruins here amidst the trees, but the most beautiful and best preserved is a Chedi like structure with intricate carvings right to the top of the chedi. The Park is well maintained, clean quiet and peaceful away from noise. There are sign boards explaining the site and structures here. We were there at 3pm but it was quite hot and best to carry a hat, sunblock and water with you. We spent about 30 minits here to look around and capture some pictures. We did not see any taxis waiting around, as there were hardly any visitors to this place, therefore it would be advisable to organise transport both ways to this site. Our visit here was worthwhile.
    Written 30 December 2020
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  • melkeet
    Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
    We reached this temple on a taxi tour to the golden triangle and the old temples in Chiang Saen. There are a number of ruins nearby, but this appeared to be the best maintained. Wat Chedi Luang was once, Chiang Saen’s main temple. There is a large chedi and the ruins of a wiharn nearby. There appears to be some renovation going on here, with a new roof visible and a new Buddha image installed, although the sides of the hall are still open. There are a number of tall trees here giving shade to the area.
    Chiang Saen National Museum, Wat Phra Buat, Wat Mung Muang and Wat Maha That, are all within walking distance of Wat Chedi Luang. We visited all this ruins but the museum was closed for renovation. It took us about 1 hour to walk around and capture some pictures of this area.
    Written 30 December 2020
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  • vern d
    Chiang Saen, Thailand647 contributions
    imo, the second best temple complex in the area; situated on a hilltop; the atmosphere is serene, there are bell gongs that you can exercise; all different tones; the inside of the temple itself is ok but not overly striking if yyou have seen many temples; you can park streetside and walk up the 330 steps (yes i counted them) or drive around the back/side to the top; nice view from the top; not over commercialized; need eat somewhere else tho; likely chiang saen city
    Written 5 July 2020
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  • Peter H
    Pascoe Vale, Australia18 contributions
    We visited the cave first in July 2019 and you had to walk from the car park only to find that you could only see limited things from a distance from the cave.
    Now they have a fleet of vehicles running quite regularly up to the cave and they run guided tours into the cave
    A lot has been done in the last 6 months to make it a better experience for tourists
    Written 10 February 2020
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  • melkeet
    Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
    We reached this temple on a taxi tour to the golden triangle and the old temples in Chiang Saen. This temple is situated on a hill on the riverside at the golden triangle. Entrance here was free. The opening hours were stated as 8am-4:30pm. There is a restored Viharn and crumbled Chedis here. There is a Buddha sited on a platform under some trees. There is a road leading up the small hill, to the temple. There is also a staircase guarded by nagas to go up to this site. The view of the golden triangle from here is impressive.
    Written 29 December 2020
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  • Jenny
    11 contributions
    This museum is small but nice. It shows the history of Chain saen and other Lanna ancient cities. Entrance fee is 20 thb for thai( not sure for foreigner)
    Written 20 September 2020
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  • Dan K
    The Hague, The Netherlands6,706 contributions
    Great authentic lunch on a bamboo raft, while floating on the lake. In some occasions, they even bring your ordered food to you by boat. We where the only western tourists here, which made it even more cool!
    Written 26 March 2018
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  • cubfaninco
    Denver, CO1,202 contributions
    Like many of the other temples, this one is worth stopping in and seeing...especially if you have a guide who can tell you the history and the storied.
    Written 14 December 2018
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  • Derrick
    34 contributions
    We were rather surprised how interesting the hall was. The museum takes you through history of how different cultures and civilizations used Opium, from ancient Greece and Egypt to modern day.

    The museum has a total of three floors, two of which are the actual exhibition, covering all sorts of topics.

    The cost is 200 bht for foreigners and 150 for Thai. Children under 12 are free.
    Written 12 July 2022
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  • vern d
    Chiang Saen, Thailand647 contributions
    this is from a local; the 'temple' has no large structure onsite; it is more a small city park with piles of old bricks; you can walk thru it but it is more for sidewalk streetside viewing; 10 minutes tops
    Written 5 July 2020
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  • Oramon K
    Chiang Saen, Thailand6 contributions
    Great view and excellent breakfast. All the staffs provide fantastic services beyond my expectation, especially Mr. Super Pae - restaurant staff and Sue(Tiger) - the walking guide. Highly recommend to join “walking with giants”, once in a life time activity that should not be missed. We will definitely come back here again!
    Written 28 March 2021
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