Chiang Saen City - relax and meditate

The road to Chiang Saen was much more colorful andricher landscapes than the road from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. From the bus window, we observed mountainous terrain, a little reminiscent of Caucasian places in the Gelendzhik region, impassable jungle, with trees tangled in lianas, floodplain fields and strips of bright orange clay along the road.

Chiang Saen is located in the very north of Thailand, near the borders of Laos and Burma, on the banks of the sacred Mekong River. There is a place called Golden Trianglewhere the borders of all three countries meet at one point, and from where one can see them. There are excursions, but we went on bicycles.

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Walking along Chiang Saen

Our impressions

We arrived in Chiang Saen rather not for the sake of the Goldentriangle, but in order to just wander around the city. Although it is difficult to call it a city, rather a town. Quiet, pleasant, calm, with little traffic, where life is slow and unhurried.

Locals chiang saen

Locals chiang saen

The seller of fruits and vegetables and you still play and sing

The seller of fruits and vegetables and you still play and sing

Minimum traffic on the roads

Minimum traffic on the roads

Chiang Saen city streets

Chiang Saen city streets

Some sidewalks in Chiang Saen are already overgrown.

Some sidewalks in Chiang Saen are already overgrown.

Moreover, not only moving elements are fewroad, but there are sidewalks! That is why the town, where 1.5 pedestrians, sidewalks? But what a pleasure to walk the streets. The first thought was that it would be nice to live here, especially after Noisy and dirty Chiang Mai. We even found a house here by chance for 1500 baht inmonth, there really is nothing inside, except the bed, but the prices are encouraging. Perhaps we will implement it next winter, since the second part of wintering this year, we still want to go to the sea.

House for 1500 baht in Chiang Saen

House for 1500 baht in Chiang Saen

Locals chiang saen

Locals chiang saen

Locals chiang saen

Locals chiang saen

How do locals live in Chiang Saen

How do locals live in Chiang Saen

Locals chiang saen

Locals chiang saen

How do locals live in Chiang Saen

How do locals live in Chiang Saen

Bananas grow not only in trees

Bananas grow not only in trees

Sculptures in Chiang Saen

Sculptures in Chiang Saen

AirAsia Chiang Saen Office

AirAsia Chiang Saen Office

Elephants here are always unhappy with something

Elephants here are always unhappy with something

Rose bushes capture the city

Rose bushes capture the city

In the black pockets put seedlings

In the black pockets put seedlings

Moat surrounding Chiang Saen

Moat surrounding Chiang Saen

Hay machine or machine hay

Hay machine or machine hay

Mekong River in Chiang Saen

Mekong River in Chiang Saen

Cafe on the banks of the Mekong River

Cafe on the banks of the Mekong River

Mekong River in Chiang Saen

Mekong River in Chiang Saen

Metallic paper new year in Chiang Saen

Metallic paper new year in Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen is an ancient city, it is about 1.5 thousand years old. This is felt by a large number of old dilapidated wool (Wat - temple), occurring at every step. Some are still with Buddha figures, and some of them are left only with brick platforms, chosen by our smaller brothers. Energy is also appropriate - pacifying-relaxation. Probably, it also left its mark on our impressions - we have a weakness for antiquities and for places of power.

Ancient wat in Chiang Saen Wat Pa Sak

Ancient wat in Chiang Saen Wat Pa Sak

Ancient wat in Chiang Saen

Ancient wat in Chiang Saen

Ancient wat in Chiang Saen

Ancient wat in Chiang Saen

Trees conquer territory from ancient Vats

Trees conquer territory from ancient Vats

Mekong River in Chiang Saen early in the morning

Mekong River in Chiang Saen early in the morning

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Video about Chiang Saen and Golden Triangle from the previous post, it also relates to this article. For those who have not seen))

Where to stay in Chiang Saen

With housing here is not a lot. Therefore, it is better to look in advance at hotels in Chiang Saena, for example, on RoomGuru and book. By the way, this is the best service where you can compare prices at once in all existing reservation systems. Plus the most complete database of hotels, which is important for this place.

I'll tell you where we stayed. If you are an unassuming traveler, and you only need a bed from the hotel, as was the case in our case, then Tankun Hostel, located just 5 minutes walk from the bus station on the waterfront, will suit you. Location can be seen on the map below. UPDATE. It seems that this guesthouse is no longer (((

In Tankun Hostel there are only a few rooms with 4 beds in each, shower and toilet on the floor.
Cost - 100 baht per person. Free coffee, water, bananas. There is a computer with internet and free Wifi. 100 meters from the hostel rent a bike, ask the owner, he knows where. The hostel guests are given for rent without collateral.
The telephone is 084-150-2624. The man at the reception from 9 am to 10 pm.

The owner is a friendly person, ready to tell you where to go and how, and who speaks good English.

Pointer to Tankun Hostel

Pointer to Tankun Hostel

Next to this pointer is another guesthouse, and I assume that it is not much more expensive. The fact that he is there gives freedom of choice on the spot.

How to get to Chiang Saen and back

From Chiang Mai buses go directly to Chiang Saena couple of times a day, one of them in the morning. Better to know on the spot, we left at 9.30 in the morning. We know that the last bus from Chiang Saen to Chiang Mai leaves at 5 pm. Travel time is 5 hours.

You can drive first to Chiang Rai, since thisbig city, and buses go there very often. Buses between Chiang Saen and Chiang Rai run from 5.30 to 17.00 every half hour. The journey takes about one and a half hours.

Buses from Chiang Saen to Chiang Khong run only until 12 noon.

Bus Chiang Saen - Chiang Rai

Bus Chiang Saen - Chiang Rai

Bus station in Chiang Saen

Bus station in Chiang Saen

What to see in Chiang Saen

Map of Chiang Saen, issued to us in the hostel. The image is clickable.

Chiang Saen Sketch Map

Chiang Saen Sketch Map

And another very good map of the city.

Detailed map of Chiang Saen

Detailed map of Chiang Saen

  • Do not wait for anything extraordinary from thistown. It is good to just walk along the streets, sit by the ancient Vats, admire the views of the Mekong River from the coastal cafe. Perhaps, for many, there will be no incentive to go here on purpose, so for them it would be the best option to see Chiang Saen passing through.
  • The main attraction of Chiang Saen -This is the Golden Triangle, where the borders of three countries - Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma) - intersect in one place. In addition to the observation deck right next to the river, there is also a specific point on the nearest hill, where several Buddhist temples are located. Nearby is the Opium Museum. All this is located 7 km from the city.
  • Another attraction is the Mekong River,which you can float on the same Golden Triangle or even to China. Not far from the bus station there is the Boat Trip Service, where you can find out everything about this.
  • Lake Chiang Saen - just a beautiful place

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