Things to Do in Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun   The White Temple

The most spectacular and iconic of all the structures claimed by Chiang Rai, Wat Rong Khun is a jewel in the crown of the city. Due to its finely chiselled white structure that glistens like the moon, it is widely known as The White Temple. In 1997, the construction of the temple was completed and the complex was opened for visitors.

The exquisite contemporary architecture of the temple is an absolute visual treat worth clicking on the camera from various perspectives. While “Gate of Heaven” and “Cycle of Rebirth” are the major attractions within the complex, a golden building serving as the rest rooms building stands out with its unique appeal, creating a strong contrast with the main white building.

Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh, located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a revered Buddhist temple known for its stunning architecture and religious significance. Dating back to the 14th century, the temple houses the sacred Phra Singh Buddha image.

Doi Mae Salong

Gear up for a tranquil getaway at Doi Mae Salong to find yourself in one of the most picturesque tourist places in Chiang Rai. This mountain peak is known to offer you serene surroundings where you can combine your visit with many exciting activities like tea plantation visit, eating delicious local food, photography, etc.

Clock Tower

Located right in the main town of Chiang Rai, the clock tower with its bright golden architectural style is a crowd-puller. If the architecture and pattern of this tower are similar to the White Temple, it is because both of these structures have been designed by the same artist, Chalermchai Khositpipat. The tower was opened to the public in 2008 as an honor to His Majesty, The King.

Phu Chi Fah

This is an absolutely breath-taking cliff in Chiang Rai, which provides a scintillating view of the island, its beaches and mountains. The path that leads into this cliff is filled with dense mangroves and greenery that keep you spell bound all through the journey.

Wat Huai Pla Kung

A must-see tourist place in Chiang Mai, Wat Huai Pla Kung is a famous 9-tiered temple with the largest Guan Yin Bodhisattva in Thailand. The place boasts an interesting architectural design which is an amalgamation of Thai and Chinese architecture.

Mae Kok River

Take a short boat ride on the Mae Kok River in Chiang Mai to be swept away by some of the most gorgeous views of the natural landscape in this beautiful mountainous city of Thailand. Starting from Thatorn to Chiang Rai, this is one of the most adventurous activities to do in Chiang Rai.

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, and hills while the Ruak River flows by merrily on its course.

Boon Rawd's Singha Park

One of the most attractive places to visit in Chiang Rai, Singha Park should be on your bucket list. A place where you can have a fun-filled day, Singha Park is replete with places like a small zoo, zip line, farm, vegetable and fruit garden. This is a place where you can look forward to having an adventure with your loved ones.

Mae Fah Luang Art And Culture Park

The culture of Thailand is 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 that holds priceless collections reflecting authentic Thai and Lanna cultures.

Chiang Rai's Night Market

If there is one place in Chiang Rai where you can see Thai culture at its fullest form, it is the night market or the night bazaar. Close to the Walking Street types of Thailand, this night bazaar is where you can shop for exclusive handicraft items made of wood, scarves, bags, jewelry, and many kinds of souvenirs that reflect Lanna culture and other hill tribal communities, at reasonable prices.

Oub Kham Museum

A visit to the Oub Kham Museum is the perfect way to increase your knowledge about the rich history of the Lanna Kingdom. If you consider yourself a culture vulture, the exhibits put on display the tribal artifacts and other objects of historical importance will impress you with their priceless collections.

Blue Temple

Unlike most temples in Chiang Rai, Blue Temple is a recent addition to its collection of exquisite temples. Built in 2005 over the ruins of an ancient shrine, this temple is dedicated to the tigers that inhabited the region once. Wat Rong Seua Ten, known as Blue Temple by outsiders, is an exemplifying blend of modern art and traditional architecture in Chiang Rai.

Monkey Temple

Wat Tham Pla is a popular site among locals as well as outsiders due to its religious significance and all the surprises it holds within its divine realm. The temple is popularly called Monkey Temple due to the large number of macaques that live here. Located close to the Burmese border, the temple complex has a modest but attractive façade and a very tranquil ambiance.

Pu Kaeng Waterfall

Another gorgeous waterfall adorning the geography of Chiang Rai with its mere presence, Pu Kaeng is an entrance to the world of unspoilt nature and serenity. Located within the peaceful domain of Doi Luang National Park, this waterfall snakes through virgin forests before finally bouncing off several naturally formed rocky steps.

Guan Yin Statue

Spread across a large area and surrounded by raw nature, Wat Huay Pla Kang complex houses a giant white image of Guan Yin, The Goddess of Mercy, which can be seen from afar. The presence of this statue makes this Buddhist temple one of the most remarkable tourist places in Chiang Rai.

Long Neck Hill Tribe Villages

Learn more about the diversity of north Thai culture by visiting one of the hill tribe villages near Chiang Rai. As you’ll need transportation and a translator to get the most out of the experience, hill tribe villages are most commonly visited as part of a cultural research. The most visited tribal villages are Karen Village Akha Village and Hmong Village due to its heritage and ancient tradition.

Baan Dam Museum (Black House)

Enjoy an interesting excursion with a visit to Baan Dam Museum in Chiang Rai. One of the most fascinating places to visit in Chiang Rai, Baan Dam Museum often conceived as Thawan Duchanee’s creative portrayal of what hell would look like. It comprises of a temple that houses a collection of skins, bones, teeth, and taxidermy of a range array of animals.

Mae Khachan Hot Springs

If you are looking forward to spending a couple of easy hours with your family, Mae Khachan Hot Springs is one of the best places to visit in Chiang Rai. Located between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, the hot spring is frequently visited by people traveling between the two cities.

Tree Top Adventure Park

Add some thrill and action to your trip by visiting Tree Top Adventure Park, one of the best places to visit in Chiang Rai for any adventure seeker. From children to adults, the park is ideally designed to deliver an exciting outing experience to everyone. Although the range of activities is not quite wide, they are good enough to quench your hunger for adventure.

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