A home for Culturally-Creative Minds and Nature Lovers transforming into a Service Design City
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.
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.

Chiang Rai PAO applied for UCCN 2021

Chief Executive of the Chiang Rai Provincial Administrative Organization, Chiang Rai Provincial Culture Office and
Mae Fah Luang University applied for UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) Application 2021 in creativity field of DESIGN.
 
29 April 2021
Chiang Rai Creative City Committee
(2nd meeting)
supported Chiang Rai to be in UCCN of DESIGN field.
18 January 2021
Building the Awareness
of 
Chiang Rai
to be in UCCN. 
27 October 2020
Chiang Rai Creative City Committee
(1st Meeting) 
15 October 2020
Stakeholders Workshop
of 
Chiang Rai
to be in UCCN.

24 – 26 August 2020

Expert Meeting
of Chiang Rai
to UNESCO Creative Cities Network UCCN
 
24 July 2020

CHIANG RAI
AT CHIANG MAI CREATIVE CITIES NETWORK FORUM 2021

Chiang Rai by PAO, MFU and DASTA presented the city at Chiang Mai Creative Cities Network Forum 2021
8 – 10 April 2021

BANDUNG & BAGUIO CITY 

Video Conference Meeting
with UCCN
Bandung – City of Design
Baguio city – City of Crafts & Folk Art
27 November 2020

PHUKET 

Learning and Sharing at Phuket
City of Gastronomy – UCCN
23 – 25 November 2020

BANGKOK 

Learning and Sharing
at Bangkok
 

City of Design – UCCN
16 – 18 October 2020

CHIANG MAI 

Learning and Sharing
at Chiang Mai 
 

City of Crafts and Folk Art – UCCN
8 – 10 October 2020

CHALERMCHAI KOSITPIPAT'S WHITE TEMPLE "WAT RONG KHUN"
PAH TONG CAVE VILLAGE
KOK RIVER GARDEN
CHIANG RAI CLOCK TOWER
CHERNTAWAM INTERNATIONAL MEDITATION CENTER
MAE FAH LUANG ART AND CULTURAL PARK
TAWAN DUCHANEE'S BLACK HOUSE MUSEUM (BAN DAM)
CHIANG SAEN HISTORICAL SITE
HISTORICAL CITY HALL OF CHIANG RAI
SRI DON MOON ART SPACE
HALL OF OPIUM
OPIUM HOUSE MUSEUM
SUAN TUNG GARDEN
PHAN ARTIST COMMUNITY