Chiang Rai is home to several dozen well-known artists, including two of Thailand’s national artists Chalermchai Kositpipat and the late Thawan Duchanee, creators of Chiang Rai’s iconic colors of black and white.
A former Lanna capital, Chiang Rai is a charming destination, boasting a laid-back atmosphere with its hills and invigorating breezes and a strong Lanna heritage with its own art and architectural styles, traditions and languages. Its geographical location bordering Myanmar to the north and Laos to the east as well as an ethnic diversity in its people including those of hilltribe and Chinese lineage contribute to its fascinating cultural mix.
But Chiang Rai will never be the same, following the recent epic multinational operation that successfully rescued the 12 boys of Mu Pa or Wild Boars youth football team and their coach trapped in flooded Tham Luang cave in Tham Luang-Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park.
Now, with at least half a dozen cave-rescue movies in the works, we can expect to see more Thai and foreign visitors travelling to this northernmost province of Thailand…to discover the colors of Chiang Rai: White, Black, Blue and more.