Chiang Saen

The evidence of the historical existence of Chiang Saen proves that the city was in the reign of King Meng Rai of the Lanna Kingdom and it was named under the ancient language Tai used by Burmese and Northern Thai. ‘chiang’ literally means ‘a city’ and ‘saen’ probably relates to King Meng Rai’s nephew, King Saen Phu, who served as the third king of Chiang Saen after King Meng Rai. King Saen Phu had ordered Chiang Sean the capital city from 1327-1341 before his son, King Kham Fu took over the reign.

When Chiang Saen experienced a decline, it was no longer a capital city but there was still the great expansion on the Buddhism through many governors as seen from the ruins discovered—75 temples within the city and 66 outside Chiang Saen, which all certified the Chiang Sean civilization under the influence of Buddhism. Later in 1557, many cities including Chiang Mai and Chiang Saen were invaded by the Burmese, following by troops fromAyutthaya.

The charming Chiang Saen is located among the convergence ofThailand,BurmaandLaosand sits next to the beautiful and peacefulMekhongRiver. It’s rich with the natural beauty and many cultural heritages waiting for you to explore. With its long history, Chiang Saen is an ideal place for you learn the history through the impressive stuccos, craftwork and Buddha images which the characters and techniques are influenced from Lanka, Sukhothai andAyutthayaarts.

Credit: TAT
Address : Amphoe Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai