In northern Thailand, bordering Burma (Myanmar) to the north and Laos to the east, lies the Chiang Rai province – about 580 meters (1,900 feet) above sea level. The northern-most part of the province is an area well known for its surrealistic mountain scenery, dense jungles, and wandering seas of cloud and mist. In this fairy-tale setting live some of Thailand's oldest civilizations.
This region also falls into a 195,000-square kilometer (75,300-square mile) area known as the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma converge. Although historically infamous as the nerve center of opium trade, the relentless efforts of the Thai Royal family have transformed the landscape. Today, coffee, tea, fruits and highland crops grow peacefully in neat terraced fields. Exotic hill-tribe crafts, such as jewelry, silverware, textiles and embroideries, can also be found here – their popularity has blossomed throughout Thailand as well as overseas.
The provincial capital is Chiang Rai City, which lies 829 kilometers (515 miles) north of Bangkok and was named first capital of the Lanna Kingdom (Land of a Million Rice Fields) over 700 years ago. It rapidly became a crossroads where the cultural diversities of Thailand, Laos and Burma came together. Today, locals selling produce from their farms mingle with western tourists in streets lined with hotels, spas and quaint shops. It has also become a starting point for visitors embarking on their mountain adventure and jungle experience.
Four Seasons guests begin their personalized travel experience from Chiang Rai City, traveling 100 kilometers (62 miles) north to Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle.
January – March
- Chinese New Year is celebrated in Thailand. The streets come to life with crowds of celebrants, exploding firecrackers and dragon dancers.
April – June
- Songkran Festival takes place in April, the hottest month of the Thai year. To combat the scorching heat, celebrants have friendly water fights and street parties throughout the week.
October – December
- Vegetarian Festival is an opportunity to taste creative, mouthwatering vegetarian dishes. Restaurants and street stalls will put up yellow flags to announce their intention to serve pure vegetarian food for the length of the festival.
- The Moon Festival, or Loy Krathong, is a mid-Autumn celebration to give thanks and ask for wishes to be granted. Believers decorate small boats with flowers, coins, and candles, and then release them into the water as an offering to Khongha, the water goddess.
- Hill Tribe Flower Festival. The festival brightens the countryside each November, draping hills with a golden hue. Celebrate the blossoming of these vibrant flowers with local hill tribes at Hua Mae Kham village.
- Christmas is celebrated is Thailand, with impressive decorations, light displays and events held throughout December.
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Local voltage is 220 to 240 volts AC. Adapters available; please request through your Camp Host.
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Public Holidays Thailand 2018
|New Year's Day||January 1|
|Makha Bucha Day||March 1|
|Chakri Day||April 6|
|Songkran Festival||April 13–15|
|Labour Day||May 1|
|Visakha Bucha Day||May 29|
|Asahna Bucha Day||July 27|
|H.M. King Vajiralongkorn's Birthday||July 28|
|Mother's Day||August 12|
|H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Day||October 13|
|Chulalongkorn Day||October 23|
|Father's Day||December 5|
|Constitution Day||December 10|