For one of the more interesting, but equally fun things to do in Chiang Rai, is to take in the surrounding countryside in all its majesty, you could rent a mountain bike and head out on two wheels. Along with all this, you can also experience all things Thai, you can take a cooking course, practice Thai boxing or even participate in some nurturing tree planting, rice planting, and harvesting to get back to nature and enjoy something traditional.
You could be forgiven for wanting to spend all day in there, just looking out over the Mekong Valley. However, there was so much to see and do and we only had a couple of days to experience it. It is though, worth mentioning that there is the Opium Museum (which I will go into a bit more detail later), rice fields, day trips to Myanmar, Tachileik Shwedagon Pagoda, Laos Islands and boat trips along the mighty Mekong River.
When it comes to food, The Golden Triangle Anantara Resort has you covered. There are three different eateries, as well as the chance to have a bespoke meal arranged for you and your significant other. The Sala Mae Nam is a beautifully designed restaurant that offers some of the finest food from the local Thai cuisine, as well as international favorites too. It has an open-air setting and is suspended over three different countries, making it rather magical. As it seats 90 diners at one time, it is by far the biggest restaurant on the resort but is still very relaxing.