Chiang Rai to grow Sakura to attract tourists

Udon Thani’s rubber duck should worry because Chiang Rai is preparing its own marquee tourist attraction, the “Road of Sakura.”

Chiang Rai officials have agreed to buy 1,000 cherry blossom trees from Japan to line its roads and create an iconic, selfie-friendly tourist destination, Governor Pongsak Wangsamer announced Sunday.

The trees will blossom alongside about 20 kilometers of road running from Chiang Rai’s international airport.

Local officials traveled to Kumamoto, Japan, to make the deal, which will cost THB3,000 per tree for the project. Delivery of the trees is expected in December, Pongsak said.

Chiang Rai has also contracted landscapers to plant the trees and hope the project will recoup its cost in three to four years, Tnews reported.


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  1. Meanwhile, like everywhere else in Thailand, there are no plans to remove the dirt and garbage from the city, as people will probably come for the selfies anyway.

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