Heroin Poppy’s Return to the Golden Triangle

Heroin Poppy’s Return to the Golden Triangle

CHIANG RAI – Poppy cultivation has rapidly expanded in the Myanmar and Laos parts of the Golden Triangle, to feed new demands for heroin, chiefly in China, according to a report released Monday. “After a decade of decline, Southeast Asia is now once again a major opium growing region,” it claims The report said opium […]

Embellishing English, “Golden Triangle” Region

Embellishing English, “Golden Triangle” Region

Embellishing English by Barry Evans CHIANG RAI – Once when the world was young — 1978 to be more precise — I headed out alone from the northern Thai city of Chiang Rai, fancying myself an anthropologist on the verge of discovering new peoples in the mythical “Golden Triangle” region. So much for the hubris […]

Volunteers in ChiangRai a Life Changing Experience

Volunteers in ChiangRai a Life Changing Experience

  Chiangrai Times – Courtney Clark spent a month volunteering through the International Students Volunteer program at the Mae Kok Foundation in Chiang Rai, Thailand. Clark said the foundation acts as a safe haven for underprivileged children, giving them shelter, food and protection from drugs and human trafficking. Her volunteer group was about 12 people, […]

Chiang Saen Lake a Bird Haven

Chiang Saen Lake a Bird Haven

Chiangrai Times– In the northern province of Chiang Rai in Thailand lies the gateway to the famous Golden Triangle area, the city of Chiang Saen. Close to this one of a kind place where the borders of Thailand and Laos meet up you will find one of the best spots for a bit of bird […]

Chiangrai And The Golden Triangle

Chiangrai And The Golden Triangle

  Chiangrai Times – Any visitor to Chiangrai cannot fail to recognize the richness and obvious affluence that abound in this northern most province. Its proximity to the Golden Triangle has influenced the development of the land and only here does one see fenced-off properties, farmhouses, hedgerows and smooth four-lane highways never in need of […]

Doi Chaang Coffee Brewing from the Heart

Doi Chaang Coffee Brewing from the Heart

  CHIANGRAI TIMES -Doi Chaang coffee has come a long way from its humble beginning.   Hathaichanok Phisailert has made it her mission to nurture the spirit of social enterprise, where coffee growers are treated more like kinsmen than clients, sellers or ordinary villagers. A university graduate in accounting from Yonok University, Ms Hathaichanok is the […]

Chilling out in Meng Rai’s City – Chiangrai

Chilling out in Meng Rai’s City – Chiangrai

  Eager to escape Thailand’s tropical climes, even if only for a short while, many Thais head to Europe in winter, happily donning their thick coats and woolly hats. Those with a smaller budget or who don’t want to sit long hours on the plane can instead opt for Chiang Rai, the kingdom’s northernmost province […]

Raising a Village, One Cup at a Time

Raising a Village, One Cup at a Time

  For more than three decades, I have been involved with numerous natural resource projects in North America, Africa and Asia, meeting many interesting (and sometimes unsavoury) people. None, however, compare with the intriguing and friendly Thais. Like most Western entrepreneurs in Thailand, I was mostly involved with the established business society. It was not […]

Shopping in Chiangrai City

Shopping in Chiangrai City

  Shopping facilities in Chiang Rai specialize in handicrafts sourced from across the province. Craftspeople and local artists bring their work into the city to sell them to tourists. Local hill tribe merchants market their wares as well, often clad in traditional dress—an interesting aspect of dealing with local vendors. Products you are likely to […]