Northern Thailand, the province of Chiang Rai, is known as the “Golden Triangle” region of the country and offers a fantastic array of culture, landscapes and wildlife unique to the area. Visitors to this exquisite part of the Thai landmass have a fine range of Chiang Rai hotels to choose from. A fine hotel Chiang Rai boasts of is the Anantara Golden Triangle Thailand whose unique setting in an elephant camp and luxury amenities promise all guests an unforgettable resort hotel experience. While in this iconic Thai region that borders Burma, check out some of the cultural offerings situated in the lush trappings of the Doi Tung Mountain, such as the Doi Tung Royal Villa. This exquisite residence was the final residence of the present King Bhumibol’s mother Somdej Phra Srinagarindra. The villa was built on the mountainside that boasted stunning views of the peaks and valleys that surround it, and incorporated a unique blend of architecture inspired by Switzerland and the Thai Kingdom of Lanna (Kingdom of a million rice fields). The area is located within the opium-producing region of the country (which is what the “Golden Triangle” refers to, along with the nearby mountainous regions of Laos, Burma and Vietnam). The queen’s mother was instrumental in fighting the opium-production trade in the area, and as a result, the hill tribes stopped producing the poppy and started growing other crops instead. The royal villa was built as a summer residence for the queen mother, and it now houses a museum that showcases her efforts to help the livelihoods of the hillside tribes. Below the royal villa is the Mae Fah Luang Gardens, a gorgeous botanical offering that features the creative setting of plants and flowers amidst the rocky formations of the mountainside. Visitors will enjoy the beautiful views afforded by both sites and appreciate the humanitarian efforts of one of the country’s royal family members.
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