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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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Wat Rong Khun

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.


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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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What You Should Know More About Chiang Rai

  • When is the best time to visit Chiang Rai?

    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.

  • How to reach Chiang Rai?

    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.

  • Which are the major tourist attractions in Chiang Rai?

    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-

     

    • Wat Rong Khun Temple
    • Oub Kham Museum
    • Hill-tribe Museum and Population and Community Development Education Centre  
    • Chiang Rai Night Bazaar
    • Chiang Rai walking street market
    • Doi Tung
    • Wat Phra Kaew Temple
    • Wat Phra Singh Temple

  • What are the things to do in Chiang Rai?

    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-

     

    • Take a tour to Shorter Mae Salong loop
    • Take a day tour to Doi Tung
    • Go cycling in Kok Valley
    • Take a walking tour on the streets of Chiang Rai
    • Enjoy a bike ride at Chiang Rai Loop
    • Trek to Lum Nam Kok National Park
    • Trek to Doi Chang
    • Try your hands on Thai Cooking
    • Go market hopping

  • What is the local food of Chiang Rai? Which are the best places to taste this food?

    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…

     

    • Lung Eed
    • Paa Suk
    • Namnigew Pa Nuan
    • Khao Soi Phor Jai
    • Phu Lae
    • Rosprasert Muslim Food
    • Muang Thong

  • What is the best public transport to commute around Chiang Rai?

    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.

  • What is the local language in Chiang Rai and which are the most commonly used greetings? (mention at least 4) (Hello, Thank you, Good morning/night, What is the price of ____?, How far is _____?)

    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…

     

    • Sawatdee (krub/kah) - Hello
    • Sabai dee ru  - How are you?
    • Sabai dee (krub/kah) - Fine
    • Khob Khun (kup/kaa) - Thank you
    • chai - Yes
    • Mai Chai - No
    • Dai - (You/I) can
    • Mai Dai - can not
    • pood Thai mai dai - I can not speak Thai

  • Which are the best shopping places and what are they famous for?

    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 Walking Street
    • Doi Chang
    • Doy Din Daeng
    • Hill-Tribe Museum Souvenir Shop
    • Kaad Luang
    • Local Products Promotion Centre
    • Saturday Walking Street
    • Night Bazaar

  • Which are the famous temples to visit 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-

     

    • Wat Rung Khun- The White Temple
    • Wat Phra Kaew – Temple of The Emerald Buddha
    • Wat Phra Sing.
    • Wat Phra Kaew – Temple of The Emerald Buddha
    • Wat Phra Sing
    • Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong
    • Wat Phra That Doi Ngam Muang
    • Wat Ming Muang
    • Wat Jetyod
    • Wat Klang Wiang
    • Wat Chiang Yuen
    • Wat Mung Muang

  • Which are the best places for a tea plantation tour in Chiang Rai?

    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-

     

    • Singha Park
    • Choui Fong Tea Plantations
    • Boon Rawd Farm

  • Which is the best place for a tribal experience in Chiang Rai?

    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.

  • Which are the best cycling routes in Chiang Rai?

    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…

    • Chiang Saen
    • Chiang Rai Loop
    • Chiang Khong
    • Phu Chi Fa
    • Mae Sai

  • Which are the best waterfalls to visit in Chiang Rai?

    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-

     

    • Khun Korn Waterfall
    • Huay Mae Sai Waterfall
    • Huay Kaew Waterfall
    • Phu Kaeng Waterfall
    • Pong Phrabat Waterfall

  • Which are the most popular hot springs to visit in Chiang Rai?

    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.

     

    • Huai Mak Liam Hot Springs
    • Pong Phra Bat Hot Springs
    • Pha Soet Hot Springs

  • Which are the best places for a walking tour 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-

     

    • Iconic Clock Tower
    • Muslim Mosque
    • Walking Street Market
    • Wat Phra Kaew
    • Wat Doi Ngum Muang
    • Wat Doi Chom
    • Chiang Rai City Hall

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