Saturday, March 11, 2006

Chiang Saen Hotels - Northern Thailand

If you're planning a trip to the Golden Triangle - here are some suggestions for medium-to-expensive priced hotels near Chiang Saen.

Chiang Saen River Hill Hotel 600B
714 Moo 3, Tambol Wieng, Chiang Saen A budget hotel with 60 Lanna-style rooms Doi Tung Royal Palace and only 20 minutes from the Golden Triangle.

Greater Mekhong Lodge Hotel
M.1 Sobrunk, Viang, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai 57150 Thailand, Chiang Rai, Thailand Greater Mekhong Lodge Hotel overlooks the Mekong and offers excellent views of the river and surrounding areas.

The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort
222 Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai 57150 Thailand
Tel 66 (053) 784-001-5,Fax 66 (053) 784-006, Reservations (66 2) 261-9000 Ext.4117-9 Fax. (66 2) 261-9546-7, Email :
Low Season Price Range: 2,100-2,400

This 73-room resort features classical Lanna design. Each of its all-river-view rooms and suites are characterized by traditional Thai decor and complemented by the most up-to-date facilities. Rooms have air-conditioning, balcony, cable TV and mini-bar. Other facilities and services include room service, business facilities, boating and a swimming pool.

Anantara Resort & Spa Golden Triangle
Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai Chiang Rai, Price Range: 4,400-16,000B

Forty-five minutes from the Chiang Rai airport (63 km)situated on a hill in the Mekong region. Its 110 air-conditioned rooms have Lanna decor and overlook the Golden Triangle. It's a resort with fantastic views and an elephant program. Their infinity-view pool overlooks the Mekong River. Opium Museum is opposite.

At the late Princess Mother's Royal Chalet rising 2,000 meters above sea level, Doi Tung Tourism and Service Centre introduces 45 newly furnished guestrooms accommodation. Each room comes complete with its scenic verandah, overlooking meadows and hill tribe villages and has ensuite bathroom with hot/cold shower, air conditioning, satellite TV and a mini bar. Tel. (053) 767-015-7 ext. 308,309 [Bangkok (02) 254-2225-6]

Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai city is the capital of Chiang Rai Province, Thailand's most northern province, about 785km (491mi) from Bangkok and at an average elevation of 580m (1,900ft) above sea level. Its area, mostly mountains, is 11,678sqkm (4,508sqmi) and divided into 12 districts and 1 sub-district. The most important river is the Mae Kok which is about 130km (81mi) long and flows through Chiang Rai city.

Chiang Rai was founded in 1262 by King Mengrai. At the end of the 13th century, for around 30 years, Chiang Rai was the capital of the Lannatai Kingdom. Later the city was conquered by Burma and remained under Burmese rule for several hundred years. It was not until 1786 that Chiang Rai became Thai territory. It was proclaimed a province during the reign of King Rama VI in 1910.


Singapore "The Lion City"

Singapore is like San Francisco in that it's on the water and is a self-enclosed city/state (San Francisco is a city/county.) It's a financial and physical safe harbour residence for expats and especially Southeast Asia's ethnic Chinese population who will want places to stash their money and their families in times of ethnic strife. Unfortunately, even as recently as 1998, there have been mob actions against ethnic Chinese in the region. Singapore is a safe place, lah.

It's also very tourist-friendly with everything being organized, in English and people polite and friendly. You'll notice that even the immigration desks are low-rise counters with candy for you and the agents don't sit way high up on a podium.

Singapore - Transportation
Great train system - but can take a while. Should study the maps before arrival from Malaysia.

Taxis are clean and well mannered - but various extra charges.

Airport is one of the best in the world!! It's a very interesting shopping mall with sales, promotions, game-show contests, gym, outdoor swimming pool - everything you'd need to really enjoy your stop-over or departure. The best souvenir is one of their local women's magazines with their little freebie bags.

If I have a choice, I like to route my planes thru Singapore just to see the great view of the ships and island, and to enjoy a few minutes inside the airport.

Singapore - TRAIN
When you arrive from Malaysia, you'll stop inside Singapore at the new WOODLANDS stop. Get off the train, go through immigration and get back on the train to its final destination. The Railroad Station is a bit far on the west side.

When you depart, you'll first clear Malaysian Immigration and then the Malaysian Customs will stamp customs card. Then get on the train. Do not lose the train ticket or either of the forms because there is no visa in your passport these documents prove you entered Malaysia legally.

After a 45 minute ride you’ll have to clear Singapore Immigration and Customs. Go to the last two counters on the right, as they are usually the least crowded. At this point, Singapore Immigration will grant your exit visas.

Once you actually arrive in Johor Bahru, Malaysia nothing happens as you're in Malaysia. So technically you enter Malaysia before you leave Singapore.


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