An Easy Tours' Photo Essay
Chiang Rai is part of the fertile Golden Triangle Region where the borders of Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar meet
Once heavily involved in opium production, efforts by the Thai government in the last two decades have steadily pushed the area away from poppy cultivation and towards sustainable agriculture like this tea plantation.
The gardens surrounding the Doi Tung Royal Villa are an often cited example of the Thai royal family’s direct involvement to curtail opium production in Chiang Rai.
The hill tribes common to the area (like the Akha tribeswoman pictured above) have greatly benefited from the sustainability and tourism efforts.
The agricultural and tourism efforts have also increased educational opportunities available for Chiang Rai’s children.
Tourist and pilgrim destinations, like the Golden Buddha statue, use portions of their earnings to reinvest in the larger community.