“Chiang Rai lies on the flat alluvial plain of the Kok River, a tributary of the Mekong, between the Daen Lao Range in the north and the Phi Pan Nam Range in the south. The Kok River runs along Chiang Rai's north side, flowing eastwards out of Burma at Tha Ton town, bending north-eastwards and joining the Mekong River about 40 kilometres north-east of the city. The Lao River, a tributary of the Kok, flows south of Chiang Rai.”
“Founded by King Mangrai of the Lanna Kingdom. Chiang Rai was founded by King Mangrai in 1262 and became the capital of the Mangrai Dynasty. Chiang Mai (meaning "New City" in Thai) was founded in 1296 as the new capital of Lan Na, succeeding the former capital, Chiang Rai. The city's location on the Ping River and its proximity to major trading routes contributed to its historic importance.”
“The influx of tourists of over 15 million annually has put a strain on Chiang Mai-Rai's natural resources. Faced with rampant unplanned development, air and water pollution, waste management problems, and traffic congestion, the local government has launched a non-motorised transport system - aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
Thailand’s highest mountain
Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand. It is in Chom Thong, Chiang Mai. This mountain is an ultra prominent peak, known in the past as Doi Luang (‘big mountain’) or Doi Ang Ga, meaning the ‘crow’s pond top’. Near the mountain’s base was a pond where many crows gathered. The name Doi Inthanon was given in honour of Inthawichayanon, last King of Chiang Mai, who was concerned about the forests in the north and tried to preserve them.
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