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Chiang Saen
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Ranked #19 of 85 things to do in Chiang Rai
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Reviewed 13 March 2016

The town and museum reflect the beauty of the original Lanna Kingdom capitol. The museum is worth visiting though it is small and some items have been sent to the National Museum in Bangkok. Although the walls of the city were destoyed centuries ago, the reconstuction 40 years ago still gives one a sense of what the area would have looked like.

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Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

After visiting several attractions with the Golden Triangle as the last stop, we thought we were all ready to go back to Chiang Rai. But no, we still had to visit Chiang Saen!

Our visit was focused on the ancient site, its stupa/chedi, river, and walls. Building materials are noted near this attraction. It seemed to be undergoing some restorations.

The signage said, Wat Chedi Luang that has the same name of my favorite wat in Chiang Mai. We were told that this wat was built first, then the one in Chiang Rai.

Thank LolaGo1
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Reviewed 28 February 2016

Since this was my second visit to Chiang Saen, I enjoyed seeing how much things have changed in the last ten years. There certainly are more souvenir hawkers around the boat landing and up on the viewpoint, also more development along the river. The Buddha in a boat and his elephant companions still leave me scratching my head. If you have time, it's a pleasant place to visit, but certainly not a must.

Thank LaurelParker
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Reviewed 24 January 2016

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 etc, worth a visit if only for the mad motor boat!!. Best to visit as part of a day tour not on its own but still worth a visit,. The opium museum is worth a visit, it is free and is an amazing history of opium and how this town was part of the opium trade route and its effect on users, it is worth a visit.

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Reviewed 9 January 2016 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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