Mostly mountainous, Chiang Rai is situated on the Kok River with the Mae Khong River to the north and borders both Myanmar and Laos, at the center of the famed Golden Triangle region. The land is rich in resources and textiles, and to this day dozens of different hill tribes make their homes among the lush slopes. Each village has its own character, and you can still see children running from one bamboo hut to another. The climate is incredible, with much cooler temperatures than the central plains. Many visitors enjoy participating in activities with the local tribes as well as trekking the banks of the Kok River by foot.