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Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

  • Also known as the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Thailand and undoubtedly a landmark destination in Chiang Rai. The temple has undergone major renovation work as of today, thanks to eminent visual artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat and construction work is still on going here. The temple is an important centre of education of Buddhist values and the teachings of Lord Buddha.

    Highlights – Pieces of glass used in the plaster of the temple, glisten beautifully when sunlight falls on it.



    Location
    – Just about 15km towards the island’s south west direction. AC taxes are available in plenty from the main city to the temple.

    Timings- The temple is open from 8AM to 6PM.

     Price – Entry into the temple is free; however devotees are encouraged to contribute towards the construction of the temple. Currently construction is on hold, due to want to funds.


Attractions

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Mae Fah Luang Art And Culture Park

The culture of Thailand is quite unique due to the presence of a large number of tribal communities here. Mae Fah Luang Art & Culture Park was imparting education to certain ethnic minority tribes. Today, since it doesn’t impart education anymore, it is a museum which holds priceless collections reflecting authentic Thai and Lanna cultures.

Highlights – The Golden Pavilion (Haw Kham) containing intricate woodworks of Lord Buddha (belonging to as early as 17th century) and the Haw Kham Noi Pavilioin containing an enviable collection of timeless mural paintings.

Location – Quite far from the main town of Chiang Rai; can be reached by taxis and tuk-tuks.

Timings – Open from 8.30AM to 5.00PM on all days of the week except Mondays.

 Price – Students, Seniors & differently-abled – THB50, Officials – THB70, Local tourists – THB100 and Foreign tourists –THB200.

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Art Bridge

As the name indicates, Art Bridge is the place which bridges all kinds of gaps that artists might face in Chiang Rai. Set up by local artists from the island during 2012, Art Bridge contains a gallery to showcase brilliant art forms, restaurant, café, library, art school and souvenir shop. In the local dialect, this place is known as Khua Silapa which means bridge of art.

Highlights – Upcoming talented artists from the island of Chiang Rai, find this to be the perfect platform to launch their works and get noticed by the external world. From the art school, interested people can learn the nuances of art. Do not miss the reasonably priced dishes at the restaurant here.

Location – Easily accessible from the main town of Chiang Rai.

Timings – Open from 10AM to 7PM all through the week.

Entry – Free of cost.

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Khun Korn Waterfall

The northern part of Thailand is blessed by brilliant natural elements, which includes a large number of waterfalls. Chiang Rai is no exception to this rule. As you drive past the town, you can spot waterfalls at every 50th kilometre or so. Khun Korn Waterfalls, located in the Khun Korn Forest, is the highest, most powerful and most famous waterfalls in Chiang Rai, falling from a height of 70m.

Highlights – This waterfall creates a loud noise and the force of water is very high here, so you should expect to get completely soaked as you hike through the forest to get to these falls. You can have a relaxing cool-off session at the foot of the falls; however swimming is impossible as there are lots of rocks around.



Location
– Khun Korn Forest and can be found at about 30km from the main town of Chiang Rai.

Timings – Open all through the year.

 Price – Free.


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Wat Klang Wieng

Chiang Rai is a small island that has its heritage values intact in the form of its temples, monuments and natural extravaganza. Wat Klang Wieng is one such temple that is perfect proof for the brilliance of Lanna architectural style. The temple was constructed during 1432; however during 1903 a huge storm affected the temple, post which it was renovated fully. The temple boasts of massive shades of gold and red relief decorations and contains a ubosot, viharn and a stupa that have decorative elephants at the base. The grill work, detailed descriptions to all intricate designs and the patterns on the roofs, make this temple a huge tourist spot in Chiang Rai.

Highlights – Do not miss the intricate images of Buddha carved on all the three levels of the temple.



Location
– On the Uttarakit and Rattanaket Roads.

Timings – Open all through the day.

 Entry fee – Free of cost.


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Doi Tung

A wonderful royal villa located in Chiang Rai, the Doi Tung palace, is one of the major landscapes in the quiet island. The simple yet elegant interiors of the palace are a pure blend of magnificent Swiss and Lanna architectural styles. This was the residence of Late Princess Mother, who contributed immensely for uplifting the living conditions of the tribal people in this area.

Highlights – The elegant interiors of the palace are made from recycled wood, thrown away teak trees and pine trees. Do not miss the excellent wood work of constellation on the ceilings in the interiors of the palace. This depicts the star positions when the Princess Mother was born.



 Location
– Located in the Mae Fah Lung District, where sprawling and scenic gardens surround the palace.

Timings – The Royal Villa is open from 8AM to 5PM whereas the gardens are open from 7AM to 6PM.

 Entry fee – THB80 each for the villa and gardens (per person).


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Boon Rawd's Singha Park

Thailand is one of the reputed tea producers in the world. If you want to visit the exquisite tea plantations in this island nation, you have to come to Boon Rawd’s Singha Park. Perched on top of scenic mountains, the drive to the park itself is absolutely remarkable. The plantations are set up on a farm sprawling area of close to 237 acres, with a majestic golden lion at the entrance. These tea estates are definitely worth a visit, when you come to Chiang Rai.

 Highlights- The labourers working on these tea farms are mostly from tribal communities; hence don’t miss their lifestyle and culture. The restaurant here serves excellent Western and Thai dishes.



Location
- In the sub district of Mae Korn, in close proximity to tourist attractions like White Temple and Khun Korn Waterfalls.

Timings- From early morning till 5PM.

Price – Approximately THB100 per bike per hour in case you are renting a bike.


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The Golden Triangle

Situated in the Chiang Rai Province on the northern coast of Thailand, the Golden Triangle is one of its most enduring and attractive tourist destinations. The landscape of this stunning tourist destination is shrouded with lush jungles, hills while the Ruak River flows by merrily on its course. The destination is the focal point of the meeting of three countries namely, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand. As the Ruak River meets the Mekong River here, it forms a natural boundary between the three countries. It is also denoted by the name Sop Ruak by the locals. It is the mainstay of the Lanna Culture and get off point for many tourists who want to explore the markets of Burma .



Location
: Chiang Rai Province

Highlights: Phra That Doi Pu Khao which is located on the hill and Hall of Opium.

Getting There: Blue Songathews (Local Buses) run from Mae Sai as well as Chiang Saen every 20 mins.

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The White Temple, Chiang Rai

Only about three hours north of Chiang Mai lays Chiang Rai, the largest northernmost city in Thailand. The White Temple Chiang Rai or Wat Rong Khun is a mesmerizing temple which is privately owned and at first sight, the White Temple may look like most other temples with the only exception of its pure white colour. This perception may, however, last for a few minutes. In order to reach the main ordination hall or ubosot, one must cross a bridge over a small pond which contains dozens of koi fish of which some are even white. The arms and the bridge of the temple showcase that one has to first pass temptation before awarded with success.

Location: Located 15 kilometers Southwest of Chiang Rai town and can be accessed by any transport apart from railways.


Things to Keep in Mind: Once inside the temple grounds, visitors must be appropriately dressed and must remove their footwear.

Timings: The temple is opened from 8 AM to 5 PM.

Price: The approximate cost for the entry is around 50 Baht.


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