Welcome to Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen is a city in the northern part of Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand. Just south of the Golden Triangle. The Mekong River flows at the northern end of the district, forming the boundary with Laos. Other important rivers are the Kok and the Ruak River, tributaries of the Mekong. The 1,328 m high Doi Luang Pae Mueang massif of the Phi Pan Nam Range rises at the eastern end of the district. Neighbouring districts are (from the east clockwise) Chiang Khong, Doi Luang, Mae Chan, Mae Sai of Chiang Rai Province. To the north are Shan State of Myanmar and Bokeo provinces of Laos. The area around the confluence of the Mekong with the Ruak River is known as the Golden Triangle. This boundary region with Laos and Myanmar is now a popular touristical area, with several casinos on the Burmese side. Chiangsaen is the oldest city in Chiangrai province and is located in the south of the Golden Triangle. Chiangsaen has a city wall surrounding the historic city like Chiangmai and it borders to the Mekong River. From here it is just a boat trip to Lao People's Democratic Republic which is an official border crossing for Thai and Lao citizens travelling by ferry to and from the Laos. Chiang Saen is well known for its numerous ancient temples and temple ruins and is a very old city with an interesting history. A stay of several days in Chiang Saen is certainly worthwhile; there are many sightseeing attractions and historical attractions in and around Chiang Saen to visit: A trip to the famous and infamous Golden Triangle, a boat trip on the Mekong River, a tour of the many ancient Buddhist temples, a trip to Laos or a visit to Chiang Saen National Museum, to name just a few examples of the many possibilities.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Saen_District


Why invest in Chiang Saen

A Strategic Location, Chiang Saen is at the center of the GMS. It is an area of around 367,000 square miles (950,000 km2) that overlaps the mountains of four countries of Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand.

Chiang Saen has proved to be a favorite’s place of Chinese investors. Since signing a free-trade agreement with China in 2001, economic activities in Chiang Saen, northern Thailand in particular have increased dramatically. Chiang Saen has been the focus of both the Thai government and Chinese investors. The location of Chiang Saen has a comparative advantage over other ASEAN nations in being a logistical route from South China. The route attracts China to invest in Thailand and enlarge the economies of the two countries.

Chaing Saen Port, Since Chiang Saen has a main port and conducts trade with Myanmar, Laos and China along the Mekong River; it is possible to say this Chiang Saen region is a border area between these four countries, crossing between Myanmar and China. The ports in this region along the Mekong River will be introduced and especially the border trade at Chiang Saen Port will be examined.  The route from Chiang Saen port to Guan Lei port (Southern port of China), total distance of approximately 265 meters skill levels from 1.5 to 7 m. water depth varies seasonally by China to improve the navigation channel. Including the construction of dams to generate electricity and control the water level allow freight throughout the year.

Government support and incentives Numerous government agencies support investors in Chiang Saen. Through the Board of Investment, the government offers a range of tax incentives, support services and import duty concessions available to an extensive list of businesses that are regarded as priority or promoted activities. Through the Board of Investment, there are no foreign equity restrictions in the manufacturing sector, no local content requirements, and no export requirements, as Thailand’s investment regime is in total compliance with WTO regulations. The Board of Investment also coordinates the activity of the One-Stop Service Center for Visas and Work Permits, which enables foreign staff of BOI-promoted companies to obtain work permits and long-term visas within 3 hours or less. Other government organizations, like the Department of Export Promotion, and international chambers of commerce, provide invaluable support and a host of other important services.

Friendly and rich culture Chiang Saen, Thailand has gained a well-known reputation throughout the world for its gracious hospitality. The friendliness of its people and the diverse nature of Thai culture make visitors feel at home in Thailand.

Source: http://www.thannews.th.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=191092&catid=176&Itemid=524

Source: http://www.dailynews.co.th/thailand/162954

Source: http://www.siameastern.com/Features/boi/why_invest_in_thailand.aspx


Investing in Chiang Saen

Thai government has a development plan for a comprehensive integration of the logistics network. It is to develop the multimodal transport infrastructure, such as land, maritime and railways, to be connected domestically and internationally. It plans to set up an industrial estate on logistics at key strategic points which is the gateway to China, and Baan Phu Nam Ron, which connects with Dawei Deep Sea Port. At the same time, the Board of Investment grants some investment incentives for logistics business, waiving import tariffs on logistics equipment and waiving corporate income taxes. This offers private sector opportunities to make use of transport infrastructure and government’s supports, and explore investment opportunities in provinces with potential to set up distribution centers and inventories in key strategic points, such as Chiang Saen, Chiang Khong (Chiang Rai), Phitsanulok, Mae Sot (Tak), Baan Phu Nam Ron (Kanchanaburi), Mukdahan, and Hat Yai (Songkla).

Chiang Saen which is a port city in the Mekong River and linked to the three neighboring countries of Myanmar, Laos and southern China, now the land area has sharply increased some as high as 10 million baht per rai and land especially along the main road to the Golden Triangle, Chiang Saen. Including the Chiang Saen to Chan District has more than 10 million acres is a very high price, and also found that a foreign investor had bought the land for future investment including the purchase of land for speculation.

The Government of Thailand has build two ports in Chiang Saen (design annual capacity, 250,000 tons; investment: US$ 4.6 million) The Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) officially held the opening ceremony of Chiang Saen Commercial Port on 12 December 2012.

Chiang Saen Commercial Port is a river port linking four countries in the GMS region including China, Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. Since the economic corridors – East-West Economic Corridor and North-South Economic Corridor intersect at Phitsanulok, it is therefore easy to use the port linking with other countries in the GMS region. Chiang Saen Commercial Port is very useful for supporting international trades and investments in the industrial, service and agricultural sectors.

Currently, the port is fully equipped with transport facilities such as mechanical handling equipment, various sizes of forklifts, temperature controlled goods services, reefer plugs, and inbound-outbound weight gauges. The port offers one-stop service to facilitate port users and serve the expansion of tourism, trades, and investments, which will ultimately develop Thailand into the gateway of the Indo-China region.

Thai Government plan to have highway construction project connected Highway 1129 and Highway 1098 (Part 1) Chiang Saen and Chiang Rai. In order to help develop logistics of the 2nd Chiang Saen’s port and enhance trade and investment between Thailand and China and to support distribution for Gateway / Hub of the North, which will result in the sustainable economic structure.

Source: National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

Source: http://www1.port.co.th/news_/portnews/file_att/sszqetoxyoypbld/file_sszqetoxyoypbld.pdf


Tourism Opportunities in Chiang Saen

Tambon Wiang Chiang Saen Municipality in the northern province of Chiang Rai invested more than a million baht to provide electric train service for tourists who want to visit the ancient city and observe the traditional way of life of Chiang Rai people. The move aims to stimulate tourism in Chiang Rai.

About 20,000 Thai and foreign tourists travel to tambon Wiang Chiang Saen to witness the beauty of the city each month. In order to further promote tourism, Tambon Wiang Chiang Saen Municipality bought two train bogies with 12 seats each to facilitate the tourists. The train service is free of charge, and it is opened from 8 AM to 7 PM.


The Golden Triangle is one of Asia’s two main opium-producing areas. It is an area of around 367,000 square miles (950,000 km2) that overlaps the mountains of four countries of Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos and Thailand. Along with Afghanistan in the Golden Crescent, it has been one of the most extensive opium-producing areas of Asia and of the world since the 1920s. Most of the world’s heroin came from the Golden Triangle until the early 21st century when Afghanistan became the world’s largest producer. The Golden Triangle designates the confluence of the Ruak River and the Mekong River, since the term has been appropriated by the Thai tourist industry to describe the nearby border tripoint of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.

Chiang Saen National Museumis one of the site museums under the administration of the Department of Fine Arts, Ministry of Culture, Thailand. It established in 1957 inside the old buildings of Wat Chedi Luang. The Museum aims to be the center for collecting and displaying archaeological artifacts, which discovered here in Chiang Saen district area and its neighbors both from the archaeological excavation and the restoration of the ancient monuments. The Museum locates inside the historic city wall of Chiang Saen which is one of the most important cities in Lan Na Kingdom in 14th-15th centuries and beyond.

Source: http://thailine.com/thailand/english/north-e/chrai-e/attrak-e/at-sae-e/natmus-e.htm

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang

Located next to the museum, this ancient temple features the tallest pagoda in Chiang Rai. The 88-metre high brick pagoda is in the bell shape of the classic Lanna style.

Wat Phra That Chom Kitti

This temple ruin, situated on a hilltop a few kilometers north of Wat Pa Sak, has a pagoda containing a Buddha relic. While on the hilltop, visitors can enjoy a good view of Chiang Saen and the Mekong River.

Source: www.thaiwaysmagazine.com/chiang_rai/chiang_rai_attractions_chiang_saen.html


Chiang Saen Infrastructure

Chiang Saen is a major tourist centre with a good transport infrastructure. They connect the city to Northern Thailand destinations, as well as Bangkok, which is a 10-hour drive away.


National Highway Road No. 1016: Mae Chan- Chang Saen

National Highway Road No. 1016 (113 kilometers) is the intersection of Paholyothin Road or National Highway Road No. 1 at  961 + 378 This highway is the main road used to travel to the city of Chiang Saen and Mae Chan district residents, Chiang Rai and economical connected route to Laos.



The closest airport to Chiang Saen is in Chiang Rai, about an hour’s drive to the west. Three airlines offer regular service between Chiang Rai and Bangkok. Thailand’s national carrier, Thai Airways, provides frequent service, while the regional budget carriers One-Two-Go and SGA also run daily or weekly flights.


Chiang Saen is connected by local bus to Chiang Rai (2 – 2.5 hrs) There are a few 3-4 /day long distance buses which can do the trip in 1.5 hrs.

Blue songthaews (local bus) also travel from Mae Sai via the Golden Triangle to Chiang Saen in about 1 hour. These depart every half hour.

The bus station and songthaew depot is located about 50 meters before the main road (Highway 1016) ends in a T-intersection on the banks of the Mekong River.

Source: http://wikitravel.org/en/Chiang_Saen


Cruises China Jinghong – Golden Triangle Chiang Saen Thailand

There are 3 vessels cruises in Mekong River as deluxe sleeping ship: Mekong Sun (German cruiser, 2005, max 28 tourists), Mekong Prince (Chinese Vessel, 2001, re-docrated 2006, max 26 tourists), Golden Peacock No.1 (Chinese cruiser, 2005). Their Cruising time is just in high water season from June to Dec, most for chartered cruises. Fast speed boats are available at all year cruising time.

Source: http://www.4panda.com/mekong/charter.htm

Chiang Saen Port

Chiang Saen port is 96 km northeast along the national routes No.1 and No.1016 from Chiang Rai, while it is also 30 km along route No.1129 from Mae Sai, bordering with Myanmar. The port is located 50 km west of the site fir the Fourth Friendship Bridge in Chiang Kong. A location 9 km upstream on the Mekong River, northwest from Chiang Saen Port, is the border point between Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, the confluent of the Mekong River as it flows down from China and the Ruak River (also known as the Sai River upstream). The point is called the Golden Triangle and has become a famous tourist spot with many restaurants, hotels and shops selling handicrafts. There is a casino on the nearest Myanmar riverside border. On the Thai side of the Mekong River is not only Chiang Saen Port, controlled by Port Authority of Thailand, but also 14 small private ports, so there are several immigration checkpoints. On the Lao side across from Chiang Saen is Muan (District) Thon Pheung in Bokeo Province.

Source: http://www.4panda.com/mekong/charter.htm

Facilities in Chiang Saen Port

Storage Area and Container

There are storage areas for storing cargo both inside and outside transit shed within Chiang Saen Port area. Charges are for the use of berth for discharging inward container from vessel and loading onto vehicle for taking out of the port area or for unloading outward container which is entered the port area from vehicle and loading onto vessel. The charges are collected according to the status of container at the following rates:-


20´ 40´ >40´

301.1 Laden container 300 485 570

301.2 Empty container 150 240 280

As for Inward Less than Container Load (LCL) container discharging from vessel for unstuffing and loading cargo onto vehicle for taking out of the port area or storing cargo in the storage area and then loading empty container onto vessel, the container wharfage charge is collected. Cargo and container storage period are calculated from 08.00 hours until 08.00 hours of the following day. Other charges that are charged per day are calculated from the time of providing services until 24.00 hours and are taken as one day unless otherwise specified.


The supply of electricity at Chiang Saen Port shall be collected at the rate 10 Bath/Unit

Minimum Charge 100 Bath/Service


–     Hire of mobile crane is collected at; 10 Tons 1,000 Baht/Hour and 50 Tons 3,000 Baht/Hour.

–     Hire of forklift truck is collected at; Not exceeding 5 tons 400 Baht/Hour and Not exceeding 10 tons 660 Baht/Hour.

–     Hire of conveyor belt is collected at; Cargo of not exceeding 15 kgs./package 0.50 Baht/Package, Cargo of 15-50 kgs./package 1.00 Baht/Package and Cargo of 50-120 kgs./package 2.00 Baht/Package

Source: Port Authority of Thailand Regulations Concerning the Use of Port, Port Services and Facilities of Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong Ports B.E. 2553

Source : http://wikitravel.org/en/Chiang_Saen

Source: Port Authority of Thailand, Annual report 2009


Chiang Saen Demographic Profile

The population of Chiang Saen on July 15th 2013 is approximately 47,141, Male 23,391, Female 23,750 and Population density is 90.95 People/ sq km.

The population of Chiang Saen 47,141
Male 23,391
Female 23,750
Population density 90.95

Source: http://www.amphoe.com/menu.php


Research and Development in Chiang Saen

Research and Development Center

Chiang Saen International Institute for Skill Development

222 Moo 2, Leang Muang rd., Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +66 (0) 537-774-71

Fax: +66 (0) 537-774-72


Ministry of Labour has established the Chiang Saen International Institute for Skill Development as Chiang Saen is the center area of this region and a gateway to China trade outpost lower (Yunnan Province). Their responsibilities are; 1) Promote participation and networking to drive the development of the labor force, 2) Development of skill standards to international standards, 3) Development and testing of the labor force skill standards to increase competitiveness, 4) Develop the capacity to increase labor productivity and mobility.


Source: http://csiisd.net/Joomla/

Chiang Saen Agricultural Office

Chiang Saen Agricultural Office is an organization dedicated to the promotion and development of sufficient economy and responsible for optimizing agricultural production and strengthening of farmers and the agricultural sector.

Chiang Saen Agricultural Office, Veing Sub-District, Chiang SaenDistrict, Chaing Rai 57150

Tel: +66 (0) 53 777 096  E-Mail : [email protected]

Source: http://chiangsaen.chiangrai.doae.go.th/

Chiang Saen Livestock Office

            Chiang Saen Livestock Office is a leading organization on livestock development of Thailand that is driving Thai animal products to the global market. Chiang Saen Livestock Office is responsible for animal health, animal production and livestock extension, food safety of animal-derived products, veterinary public health, animal welfare, environmental impact of livestock farms and international animal health matters including disease control and eradication, quarantine, disease reporting, import-export controls, health certification, and monitoring of animal farms and slaughterhouses.


Chiang Saen Livestock Office, 1 Moo 2, Vieng Sub-District, Chaing Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150

Tel: 0-5377-7110, 0-5377-7115 Fax: 0-5377-7058 , 0-5377-7115

Source: http://www.dld.go.th/pvlo_cri/ampur/Chiangkorng%20web%20file/Chiangsaen%20web%20file/CS_index1.htm


Chiang Saen Natural Resources

Due to its geographical position, proximity to the Mekong River and a large, natural, inland body of fresh water Chiang Saen has long been a premier rarity and migrant hotspot of northern Thailand.

Forest Resources

Nong Bong Kai Non-Hunting Area was formerly a small natural lake. It is a beautiful lake and a famous waterbird sanctuary which attract a large number of tourists. Nong Bong Kai is one of several connected water bodies including streams, rivers, lakes, swamps, and reservoirs which providing water for agricultural lands, community consumption and other purposes in Chiang Saen Basin. The lake is an important habitat for both local and migratory waterbirds. Part of water area is covered with dense pad of aquatic weed consisted mainly of cogon grass. Some of these pads of weeds are moved around the lake by wind. Certain parts of the area are flooded grassland. The reservoirs are surrounded mostly by low hills and mountains with orchards and degraded forests. Adjacent to the lake are privately owned abandon old paddy fields and a reservoir. Nong Bong Kai has at least 24 species of aquatic plants.

Source: www.rrc-ea.org

Water Resources

Kok River originating in Burma, flow into Thailand in Chiang Mai and runs through Chiang Rai district, Chai, Mae Chan, Chiang Saen and Doi Luang, then flows to meet with the Mekong River at Ban Sob Kok Moo 7 Tambon Saen tease. With a length of approximately 145 kilometers long and flows through Chiang Rai.

Mekong River originates in the Himalayas, flow into Thailand at Moo 1 Ban Sop Ruak, Tambon Wiang, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, then flows through Chiang Khong and Wiang Kaen. The total length of approximately 94 kilometers of Chiang Rai.

Kum River upstream of the mountain in Mae Fa Luang district, then flows through Mae Chan. Chiang Saen and Mae Sai and flows to meet with Mekong River at Moo 5 Baan Singhakhom, Tambon Wiang, Chiang Saen. Chiang Rai. With a length of approximately 85 kilometers.

Ruak River the border Between Thailand and Burma originates in Burma and flow into Thailand at Mae Sai and Chiang Saen. Then flows to meet with Mekong River at Ban Sop Ruak Moo 1, Tambon Wiang Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai.

Source: https://sites.google.com/site/monmonkhomkhom/naeana-canghwad-cheiyngray/06-thraphyakr-na


Dark green leaves of tobacco varieties. Virginia variety is grown over 500 acres on the banks of the Mekong River. Tobacco farmers, in Viang Sub-District, Chiang Saen is the indicative of the abundance of natural resources and climate.


Tobacco Drying Station, Baan Saeo, 47 Moo 7, Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai, 57150, Thailand Phone: +66 (0) 5351-0131

Source: http://www.komchadluek.net/detail/20101205/81766/.html#.Uf-BSdJgcbA


Chiang Saen Economic Zones

In a move to improve economic links between Thailand and China’s southwestern province of Yunnan, Chinese provincial authorities recently endorsed a project to set up a special economic zone in Chiang Saeng, northern Chiang Rai province. The three-phase project, comprising a commodities city, a duty-free zone and a supplier’s centre, will be built in Chiang Rai’s Chiang Saen district and is expected to be completed 10 years from now

A special economic zone in Chiang Saen, Chiang Rai province has been set up recently to attract Chinese investors. The Chiang Saen-Kunming Industrial Estate, a Thai-Chinese joint venture, has thus been formed as a hi-technic industrial zone to be located there. It was reported that the estate has already attracted many investors from China in five aspects namely, agriculture, communication, human resource, investment and Makong development. And Chiang Rai is a strategic province in the northern part of Thailand as the “gateway” to Indo-China, South Asia, and ASEAN.



Chiang Saen Financial Services


1.     Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (Chiang Saen Branch)

192 Moo2 Paholyothin rd., Veing Sub-District, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai  57150,

Tel. 053-650725,053-777100,053-650889 Fax.  053-777124

2.     Siam Commercial Bank (Chiang Saen Branch) 733 Moo 3 Paholyothin rd., Veing Sub-District, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai  57150, Tel. 053-777-120-1, 053-777-041 Fax.  053-777-042

3.     Krung Thai Bank (Chiang Saen Branch)  701 Moo 3 Paholyothin rd., Veing Sub-District, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai  57150, Tel. 053-650-696-7

4.     Government Saving Bank (Chiang Saen Branch)  718 Moo 3 Paholyothin rd., Veing Sub-District, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai  57150, Tel. 053-650812

Source: http://www.amphoe.com/menu.php?am=137&pv=12&mid=1


Insurance Services in Chiang Saen

Type of Insurance Service

1.     Life Insurance

2.     Health Insurance

3.     Non-Life Insurance

3.1  Fire Insurance

3.2  Car Insurance

3.3  Goods-in-Transit insurance

3.4  Other Insurance

Insurance Company Name

Contact Address and Phone

Thai Life Insurance Co., Ltd. Address: 507/2 Moo 10 Thangluang terng – Chiang Khong, Vieng Sub-District, Muang District, Chiangrai Province

Tel: 053-791098,053-791632

Fax: 053-655049,053-791289

Ayudhya Insurance Public Co., Ltd. Address: 261/8 Moo 19 Paholyothin Rd., Robvieng Sub-District, Muang District, Chiangrai Province 57000

Tel: +66-(0)-5374-8996-7

Fax: 0-5374-8998

Email: [email protected]

Dhipaya Insurance Public Co., Ltd. 111/12-13 Moo 13, Super Hi Way Rd., Sun Sai Sub-District, Muang District, Chiangrai Province 57000

Tel: 0-5377-3702-6

Fax: 0-5377-3708

Viriyah Insurance Co., Ltd. 180/2-3 Moo 12 Phahonyothin Rd., Robmuang Sub-District, Muang District, Chiangrai Province 57000

Tel: 0-5374-2220-1,053719361-2

Fax: 053717573 ,053715271



Logistic Providers in Chiang Saen

1. Siam South China Logistic Co Ltd

            287 Moo 1 Wiang Sub Dist, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150 Tel: 053-652156-60,053-784300

            Siam South China Logistic Co Ltd head office is situated in a convenience location near to the Chiang Saen port  in Chiang Saendistrict, Chiang Rai. The company is managed and operated by a group of professional logistics and supply chain managers as well as customs clearance specialists team that will ensure that all shipment operate smoothly with the optimize cost.

Source: http://profile.yellowpages.co.th/en/521824760271001

2. NIM TRANSPORT 1988 CO.,LTD. (Chiang Saen Branch)

619/4, Village No.3, Wiang sub-district, Chiang saen district, Chiang Rai 57130

Tel.053-777487, 08-1881-6029

Nim See Seng Transportation formed in 1988 transport consumer products and parcels without size limitation between Bangkok – North provinces and also offer truck and trailer rental for transporting any products except dangerous goods anywhere in Thailand.



Source: http://www.nimtransport.com/web/index.php


Chiang Saen Business Associations

1.     The federation of Thai Industries Chiang Rai Chapter

4/9 Moo 21 Paholyothin rd., Vieng District, Muang District, Chiang Rai 57000 Tel. +66 (0) 537-153-99 Fax. +66 (0) 537-422-33

The federation of Thai Industries Chiang Rai Chapter is represents industrial entrepreneurs in private sector to coordinate and facilitate policies and implementation between private and public sectors, support and develop industrial sector, study and solve problems in the Industries, support and encourage study, researches, trainings and publish academic document and industry-related technology, qualify products and issue the Certificate of Origin and/ or Quality Certificates, encourage industrialists to exchange opinions to benefit the industries and suggest members to abide by the industrial laws.

Source: http://www.ftiprovince.or.th/province/board.aspx?id=14


2.             Chiang Rai Tourism Association

272 Moo 2, Rob-Vieng Sub-District, Muang District, Chiang Rai 57000 Tel. +66 (0) 537-424-93

Fax. +66 (0) 537-427-87 E-mail : [email protected] www.chiangraitourism.org

Chiang Rai Tourism Association support tourism service businesses and all related business. Also, support and assist members in solving any problems in running their businesses and negotiate among members and with outsiders for mutual benefits in running the members’ businesses, monitor the trends on tourism business both domestic and international level to facilitate the members, concrete the relationship among the members and exchange knowledge and updated news on tourism, support the policies of the government on tourism both domestic and international, assist the government agencies to promote and publish information, news and human development in order to upgrade the tourism business.

Source: http://chiangraitourism.org/