Chiang Rai offers a unique Thailand golf vacation for those looking beyond the main tourist streams while enjoying a bit of culture to go with their golf. The bizarre-looking white temple located about five km south of Chiang Rai City is the brainchild of Chiang Rai-born visual artist and painter Chalermchai Kositpipat. Embark on an adventure beyond the streets of Bangkok to the lush green forest of Khao Yai – a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. Experiment and taste the local fruits, jump on a scenic ox-cart ride, try trekking atop an elephant, and be surrounded by wildlife. Lush jungle, mist-shrouded mountains, hill-tribe villages and tranquil views of rice paddies mark the Golden Triangle, the point in northern Thailand that converges with Laos and Burma where the Ruak and mighty Mekong rivers join.