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The resort, a fusion of traditional Lanna and contemporary Thai, designed to merge harmoniously with our riverside surroundings
Warm smiles and friendly faces you are likely to meet at The Legend.
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Transfer by bus or private limousine
Located in single or two-storey contemporary Lanna-style buildings of two, four or six units
Located in single-storey buildings of two units designed in contemporary Lanna style
Located in single-storey buildings of two units constructed in contemporary Lanna style
A beautiful accommodation choice, ideal for honeymooners, wedding anniversaries or other ‘special’ holidays
Our biggest accommodation. Spacious, luxury 2-bedroom pool villa for your family. With uninterrupted riverviews and its own pool
The legacy of this region is shared and perpetuated by the local people
Our treatments use ancient remedies handed down through successive generations
The Riverside Terrace, Ou Kao Classic Thai Restaurant, and Suan Chainam BBQ Restaurant and Beer Garden
An infinity pool of over 200 square metres with integrated bubble bed
Located on the river front, this attractive venue is suitable for various important events and special occasions
The Gateway to the Golden Triangle. Chiang Rai the capital of Thailand's northern most province
Doi Tung Temple, Mae Faluang Garden, the Royal Palace, Doi Mae Salong and boat trip along the Kok river
Yao, Long Neck Karen, Lahu and Akha villages; Mae Sai, Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen, etc.
Discovering the hill tribes around Chiang Rai
Golf, cycling and elephant trekking, riverboat rides and more.
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In 2012, Chiang Rai will celebrate its 750th anniversary. Thus, it is appropriate to focus on the Khon Muang people who inhabit the mountain valleys of northern Thailand, the region also known as the “Kingdom of one million rice fields” or Lanna. The Khon Muang people are closely connected with the Lao people in Laos, the Shan in Myanmar, the Lue of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan, China, and the “Tai” in the northwest of Viet Nam.
Above all, it is the common tongue known as “kham muang” that united the Khon Muang and distinguished them from their Siamese neighbors in central and southern Thailand. The walled city of Chiang Rai was and is one of the cultural, social, and political capitals of the Khon Muang, and together with the cities of Chiang Mai, Lamphun, and Lampang, constitute their heartland. To this heartland may also be added the cities of Phayao, Phrae, and Nan, which were incorporated into Lanna going far back in history. In 1558, King Bayinnaung conquered Lanna, and for the next two centuries, north Thailand was under the rule of the Burmese. When Chao Kawila, the ruler of Lampang, recaptured the towns in 1775 with the help of the Siamese army, he rebuilt them with the brick bastions, gates, and moats that we see today.
The Lawa seem to be the aboriginal people of northern Thailand and belong to the Austro-Asiatic language family. There are still Lawa villages north of Chiang Rai in Myanmar’s Shan State and also further west in Chiang Mai Province; but in Chiang Rai, the Lawa were completely absorbed into the modern population. The main group of Khon Muang, which came to settle in Lanna from southern China, was called by its neighbours Yuan, Yun, or Yon, and they used to live in the area where now three countries meet, namely Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Into this so-called “Golden Triangle” area, now part of Chiang Rai province, there immigrated many other peoples, which will be described accordingly. Shan people (also called Tai Yai) are living in Chiang Rai (in connection with the century-old lumber trade) as well as in Chiang Mai, Lampang, and Phrae; while Lue people (Tai Lue) are found in Ban Hat Bai along the Mekong River, and further south in Phayao.
The borderlands of the Khon Muang people include the Yunnanese village of Ban Hin Taek, home of the Shan warlord, Khun Sa, until 1982, and nowadays easily reached by car. This is the heart of the Golden Triangle with a wild mosaic of hill tribes, and a meeting point of Buddhists, Taoists, Muslims, and Christians.
It is this mix of hill tribes that makes Chiang Rai a wonderland of peoples and cultures. Altogether there are six main tribes which live in the surrounding mountainous districts that reached Chiang Rai in the early decades of the last century, mainly via Myanmar and Laos. These six hill tribes are: Karen (Elephant village of Ban Ruam Mit at the Mae Kok River), Hmong or Meo (Amphoe Chiang Khong), Mien or Yao (Mae Chan, Chiang Khong), Akha (Amphoe Mae Chan, Mae Sai), Lahu (Amphoe Mae Kachan, Wiang Papao), Lisu (Amphoe Mae Suai).
In Thailand the term “hill tribes” designates ethnic minorities that live mostly in remote highlands in the north and western parts of the Kingdom. Although the Royal Thai Government follows a policy of integration, some half of the population of 700,000 is still unable to get any official citizenship. Most of the problems are related to the hill tribes’ way of life—they used to practice a kind of “shifting cultivation” which causes deforestation and the deterioration of watersheds. Also, some hill tribes engage in opium production and other illegal activities.