A border city linked to four Greater Upper-Mekong sub-region countries.
Chiang Rai aims to address environmental problems and improve the quality of life of highland ethnic groups
Doi Tung Royal Development The city’s development itself was inspired by the Doi Tung Development Project.
Chiang Rai "Artists’ Residents" created a service area designed for the community whose urban services show that “ Art is edible”.
Chiang Rai is a model for crisis management events for earthquakes and the Tham Luang Cave incident. The crisis management view combining traditional Thainess hospitality service design in hosting disaster volunteers, whose theme is "Hospitality of Thai host" is a long-established service design of Thais for years.
Chiang Rai’s main focuses are to bring the creative city network approach to solve environmental problems, to develop the city in becoming a living area of creative sustainable community and to prevent the problem of forest burning and haze transnational PM 2.5 from monoculture.
Among the first to resettle was Thawan Duchanee, a famous national artist and creator of Baan Dam musuem. Afterwards other creative artists followed in his footsteps. This resulted in a resurgence of creativity in the form of the "New Lanna Design" as well as innovative creations in other fields of art.
Chiang Rai also has a number of non-governmental organizations working in service design that create service design with work art. This process enables vulnerable people and ethnic groups to overcome poverty and avoid the middle income trap.
Not only do these artists and creators turn their workspace into tourist attractions. But they also cooperated with local monks to develop community temples and help the government and local government organizations to support in urban development through art.
These creative innovators have taken the initiative to design urban spaces for social services. Using a balanced approach between culture and nature, the creators have also formed partnerships between the public and private sectors in organizing social activities across Chiang Rai in the development of poverty reduction.
"To be the Creative City Network" Chiang Rai aims to promote consumption within the province, planning for sustainable consumption and production and reducing inequality and poverty among minority ethnic groups.
As a border town, Chiang Rai faces challenges ranging from overlapping urban and rural management and the movement of population across borders due to the inequality of development between countries.
Chiang Rai is a traveller's destination with beautiful watersheds, remarkable natural sites and diverse ethnic groups. It is a simple city for modern creativity. The geographic location of Chiang Rai can link other cities in the Upper Mekong Basin and is a model city that inspires other Mekong cities.
It is a magnificent city of historical and cultural convergence of the past with a contemporary view of the present and the future. Chiang Rai is determined to maintain its identity and at the same time is open for new development.
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Chiang Rai Creative City Committee Meeting (2/2021)

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