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Chiang Rai can be best enjoyed during the winter months that starts from early March. These are rainless months and ensure pleasant weather which makes it easy for outdoors activities and sightseeing. The rainy season is an off season and a visit during the monsoons must thus be avoided.
Chiang Rai is the northernmost large city in Thailand. It is well connected to other parts of the world.
By Air: Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport is located just about 8 kilometres from the town and has regular and frequent flights from Bangkok.
By Train: Chiang Rai doesn’t have a train station. However, you can take a train to Lampang and take a bus to the town thereafter
By Bus: There are both air-conditioned as well as non-air-conditioned buses running frequently to Chiang Rai from both Bangkok, Chiang Mai and other places.
By Car: You can take highway number.1 from Bangkok towards Highway number 32 to reach Chiang Rai by private vehicle. You can get to the town from Chiang Mai through Highway number 118.
Chiang Rai is a beautiful destination in Thailand. It has a mixture of temples, museums, markets, adventure sports and other attractive places where tourists can spend time enjoying their vacation. Some of the major tourist attractions in Chiang Rai are as follows-
Except for visiting the major tourist attractions, Chiang Rai offers many other things to do activities for tourists that keep them engaged and entertained. Some of these things to do activities are-
The Chiang Rai province offers ecological self-made dinners. It has many agricultural farms with products such as lychee, bananas, coconuts and pineapples. You can have dinner with locals and pluck your own bananas for the side dices! Moreover, you can also make your own coffee with the local families. Try out these places to get the authentic taste of food here…
As Chiang Rai is a small town, most of the places to visit in Chiang Rai can be easily covered on foot. However, if you are looking for local public transport, below are the options-
By Bus: Local buses are available to take you to the various parts of the city, neighbouring villages and other rural parts.
By Tuk-Tuk: Tuk-tuks which are one of the kinds of auto rickshaws are the best way to get around Chiang Rai and places worth visiting are not very far from each other.
By Songthaew: Songthaew is a local two-row passenger vehicle that is easily found in Chiang Rai. They can help you get to different places in the town. Most of these generally run on sharing basis, so they are also very affordable and best for budget travellers.
By Taxi: Taxis services aire available throughout the city to take you around the tourist attractions and other areas. Taxi drivers may also help you with insights that help you explore the best of the city.
Except for these public transport facilities, you can also choose to rent car or motorbikes for about 200-300 baht per day by depositing your passports with the rental agencies. Make sure you wear a helmet when you ride as it is compulsory according to Thai driving laws.
Like in most other parts of Thailand, people of Chiang Rai speak Thai as well. They also speak English so tourists don’t face trouble usually. But Thai is however, the official and most widely spoken language. Without knowing the tones or inflections, almost anything you try to say beyond the most basic, may make no sense to the Thai ear. In some areas "R" words take an "L" sound, so Chiang Rai is actually Chiang Lai. To help you keep up with people here, below are some of the most common used greetings…
Shopping in Chiang Rai itself feels more like an undercurrent than mainstream activity. It is home to a handful of natural-born artists and craftsmen. Unlike in Chiang Mai, where arts and crafts are often concentrated in one single area, Chiang Rai’s artists prefer to pursue an independent lifestyle, practicing and trading their own crafts. Below are some of the most famous markets and shopping places in Chiang Rai…
Chiang Rai is a land renowned for its breathtakingly beautiful temples that extend the terms “artistic” and “creative” into another dimension… Here are some of the best ones listed below-
Chiang Rai is now showcasing itself as a spectacular agro-tourism attraction. It is home to 2,600 rai of para rubber trees, a 600 rai tea plantation, 50 rai of jujube fruits, 30 rai of barley fields as well as strawberries, star fruit, mushrooms and salad vegetables. Some of the places where you can tour these plantation, especially tea plantations are-
Chiang Rai is home to numerous indigenous hill tribes that migrated south from China more than a century ago. Today, you can pay a visit to some of the rural villages to discover the traditional culture and lifestyle of the ethnic minorities. The Akha Mudhouse Mae Salong is quite a fascinating attraction that features the most vibrant hill tribes. This project offers day tours as well as homestays for tourists to experience the living of Akha people.
A cycling tour can be enjoyed in various parts of Chiang Rai. You can ride to your favourite spot. However, if you are looking for some famous routes, below are some of them…
One of the most popular things to do in Chiang Rai includes visiting a waterfall in the jungle. Waterfalls here are considered to be the best in Thailand. As there are so many of them, choosing the best one can be a difficult task. However, here are some of the best picks-
You can enjoy a peaceful bath amongst nature in the 65 C water and follow the smell of sulphur at the hot spring spots in Chiang rai.
Chiang Rai is a small town in Thailand and most of the popular attractions here are located close to each other. So if you are walking enthusiast, who likes to explore the city on foot, you will be happy to be here in Chiang rai. You can do a very pleasant and interesting little half day stroll around town, taking in most of the sights and including a few good coffee and snack breaks. Below are some of the best places to take a walk tour-