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Accounting as the Northern Province of Thailand, Chiang Rai is one of the most adored and inexpensive cities of the nation. Maintaining a perfect balance between city fun and the scenery stretched far wide, there are a lot of things to do in Chiang Rai. Be it either enjoying zip-line lined up at the tea plantations or admiring the architectural beauty of the White Temple – Chiang Rai has got everything in its pocket. Night shopping, night light show, hiking, trekking, treetop walking, cycling tour are some activities to be enjoyed here.
If you are under the assumption that this is all that Chiang Rai has – then you surely need to go through all the places to visit in Chiang Rai. Phu Chi Fah, Golden Triangle, Doi Tung, Doi Mae Salong, Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Khong, and Oub Kham Museum are some of them.
Adventure in Chiang Rai doesn’t stop here. For real food lovers, Chiang Rai offers the best flavors of Thai cuisines and delicacies. Jatujak Gallery & Restaurant, Ran Lab Sanam Keela, Heaven Burger, Ja Jaroenchai, Melt in Your Mouth Chiang Rai are some food dwellers stop points.
So guys, what are you still wondering about your next holiday planning? Back your trip with Thrillophilia and experience the city of Chiang Rai like you never did before.
People Also Ask About Chiang Rai Tours
What is Chiang Rai known for?
Chiang Rai is well-known for its White Temple and scenic mountain trekking, which is a popular adventurous activity amongst tourists. The White Temple reflects the true beauty of Thai architecture. There’s also a gallery exhibiting unusual paintings by some great artists of all times.
Besides the White Temple, Chiang Rai has Black House, Blue Temple, Betty Coffee, Monkey Temple, Chiang Rai Night Market, Town Centre, and Wat Phra Kaew to adore. Also, the scenic mountain trekking is a highly praised adventurous activity of Chiang Rai. Lum Nam Kok National Park is the best place for you to find many trekking routes with different difficulty levels.
How to reach Chiang rai from Bangkok?
Reaching Chiang Rai is not a difficult task today. Traveling via public transport will cost you less than hiring a private vehicle. Here are some traveling options available in front of you –
There are many buses available from Bangkok to take you to Chiang Rai. To board one, you first need to make your way to the Mo Chit Bus Terminal. There’s a BTS sky train to drop you at the Mo Chit Station.
Once you reach the station, either go for a taxi or a motorbike or a bus to drop you at the Mo Chit Bus Terminal. You can check the Transport Company’s website for online bus seat reservation.
There’s no direct train from Bangkok to drop you at Chiang Rai. You first need to travel to Chiang Mai, which is at a distance of around 11 hours. Now, from Chiang Mai, there are many buses to drop you to the Chiang Rai.
Your second journey shall last for approximately 2 hours. Browse through the official website of State Railways of Thailand to book an online travel ticket.
Although it is the most expensive ways to reach Chiang Rai, it is the fastest and most comfortable. Every day, more than 25 flights fly between Bangkok and Chiang Rai. Chiang Rai International Airport is at a distance of around 8 km from the centre.
What is the best time to visit Chiang Rai?
It is ideal for planning your Chiang Rai visit anywhere between October and April. Throughout this duration, the weather remains pleasant and refreshing. This is considered to be the peak season for tourists here. Alternatively, you can opt for Chiang rai tour packages during festivals when the city glows to an altogether different extent.
November to February
This season is the perfect one to enjoy all the outdoor activities at Chiang Rai. Although it won't be cold out there, it is better to pack your bags with either a jacket or some woollen clothes to wrap around.
It is in January that Chiang Rai receives a massive lot of tourists. Those who reserve November for their Chiang Rai visit will have the opportunity to witness Loi Krathong festival. If February is your month, do not miss on Chiang Mai flower festival.
March to May
Chiang Rai experiences summers from the closure of March. Still, you will find a good pool of tourists here as this season offers some best hotel and flight deals. If you feel the temperature is quite high out there, set some free time and relax at the poolside.
There are still a lot of things to do after the sunsets. As temperature may rise to around 40 degrees, it is always good to have your hats, light cotton clothes and sunglasses handy with you.
June to October
This is the rainy season in Chiang Rai where you will find a little rise in the overall humidity. Equip yourself with umbrellas, sturdy shoes and raincoats before reaching here. During this period, the number of tourists arriving Chiang Rai is quite less, and so you can expect a quieter holiday time.
Does Chiang Rai have an airport?
Yes, Chiang Rai has an airport named Chiang Rai International Airport. This airport is located at a distance of around 8 km from the main city area. Chiang Rai International Airport receives flights from all major domestic airlines – Thai Vietjet Air, Bangkok Airways, Thai Airways, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air, and AirAsia.
How do you get from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?
These days, it’s quite easier and cheaper to get to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai. Here are some of them
By Bus: You need to head towards Arcade bus station to board a Green VIP bus for Chiang Rai at 50 THB (115.24 INR) per head.
By Car: As the road between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are in pretty good conditions, you can expect a run time of around 3 hours. Your overall expense will turn out to be 1000 to 2500 THB (2303.67 to 5757.50 INR) per head.
By Mini Bus: Although an uncommon mode of transportation, hiring a minibus to Chiang Rai will cost you around 400 THB or 921.14 INR.
What about the temperature in Daytime/Night-time in Chiang Rai?
With an elevation of around 1280 feet from the sea level, Chiang Rai is all over surrounded by grassy plains, rivers, and canopies. This keeps the valley cool with a low level of humidity.
The average annual temperature here is around 24 degrees. During hot seasons, the average temperature lies between 34 degrees (daytime) and may fall up to 21 degrees (night). In cold seasons, you can expect the daytime temperature to drop as low as 13 degrees.
What are the must-visit attractions in Chiang Rai?
Thrillophilia’s Chiang rai tour packages are loaded with following attractions -
Wat Rong Khun - The White Temple
Globally renowned as the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun draws more widespread attention of tourists. The whole temple is beautifully carved out from glass and white plaster which imparts it a sparkling shine in the daylight.
Location: Pa O Don Chai, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: Wat Rong Khun is open for tourist visit from 08:00 am in the morning to 05:00 pm in the evening.
Doi Mae Salong
Doi Mae Salong is an astounding mountain settlement. As soon as you step here, you will find a widespread Chinese and Mandarin community. Tea plantations here are worthy of strolling for quick relaxation. There’s a Tomb of General Tuan Shi-wen, the Martyr’s Memorial Hall, Sinakarintra Stit Mahasatikhiri Pagoda amongst other few attractions of this place.
Location: North part of Chiang Rai province
Timing: Doi Mae Salong is open for a visit for all 24 hours.
Chiang Rai’s Clock Tower is well-known for its gliding street lights lined up all along the Baanpa Pragarn Road. The clock tower is golden in color and stands tall right in the center. Tourists visiting Chiang Rai adore the night light show organized here.
Location: Suk Sathit, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: Chiang Rai’s Clock Tower remains open for all 24 hours of the day.
Phu Chi Fah
Phu Chi Fah is one of the most beautiful attractions in entire Thailand. With an elevation of 1628m, Phu Chi Fah offers the best 360 degrees view of the Thai/Laos border range. Photographers have a lot of things to do here as every spot here provides a picturesque view.
Location: Eastern end of Thoeng District of Chiang Rai.
Timing: Phu Chi Fah remains open for all 24 hours of the day.
Wat Huai Pla Kung
This famous religious tourist destination of Chiang Rai is a 9 tiered temple. People visiting here, love to capture the blend of architectures of China and Thailand. The landscape itself offers some breath-taking views. With a serene backdrop, this place marks as an excellent spiritual retreat.
Location: 553, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
Timing: Wat Huai Pla Kung remains open from the morning at 08:00 am to the evening at 05:00 pm.
Mae Kok River
This is a 177-mile long tributary of the river Mekong flowing through the northernmost regions of Thailand. Once here, do not miss on the opportunity to sail through their traditional long-tail boats which drives you to the Thaton. The entire area here is surrounded by spectacular mountain scenery.
Location: Mae Ai District, Chiang Mai Province
Timing: Mae Kok River remains open 24/7 for visitors.
The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle is an important aspect of our Chiang Rai tour. This place has some fantastic architecture and statues. This is a place where the land of Thailand meets with Laos and Myanmar. There’s also a Buddha sanctuary with a statue of Buddha in a sitting position. Laos has a famous market to shop in. You can travel there via a boat tour.
Location: Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: You are supposed to visit The Golden Triangle only during daytimes.
Boon Rawd's Singha Park
This park stretches across 3000 acres of land for the farmers to enjoy the naturally scenic environment. Mountain biking, wall climbing, and zip-lining are some must-try adventures here. Adjacent to this park, there is a 237 acres tea plantation producing over 400 tons of good quality tea.
Location: Mae Kon, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: Opens sharp at 08:00 am in the morning and closes down by 05:00 pm in the evening.
Wat Phra Kaew
Famous by the name Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Phra Kaew is a sacred temple of Buddha with around 100 bright colored buildings, glittering mosaics and golden spires.
Location: Na Phra Lan Rd, Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Khet Phra Nakhon, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10200, Thailand
Timing: Wat Phra Kaew remains open from 08:30 am in the morning and closes down by 03:30 pm in the afternoon.
What are the best things to do in Chiang Rai?
Thai Food Tour at Chiang Rai Night Market:
Your Chiang Rai trip is incomplete without tasting the local delicacies here. Thai food courts form the main attraction of the Chiang Rai’s night market. There’s a seating area for around 300 to 400 people to have their favorite Thai cuisines.
Amongst a myriad of Thai flavors, deep-fried giant bugs, colorful sushi, grilled fish, smoothies, juices remain the all-time favorite foodstuffs of a majority of the visitors here.
Location: Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1, off Phaholyothin Road
Timing: Chiang Rai’s night bazaar opens sharp at 06:00 pm in the evening and remains operational till late at night.
Chiang Rai Walking Street:
This is a famous street of Chiang Rai for commercial purpose. Although not very big, there is quite a good count of shops selling food, traditional items, and other souvenirs.
Location: Hanalei, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: Chiang Rai’s walking street operates only on Saturdays from 04:00 pm in the evening to 12:00 am in the morning.
Go for Hiking
If you rate yourself as an adventurous enthusiast, Chiang Rai has a wide array of hiking points for you. Mae Salong River Valley Trail, Huay Kaew Waterfall and Akha Village, Boucle Mae Salong, and Phu Chi Fa mountain are the best hiking trails.
Location: Throughout Chiang Rai
Timing: Before sunset.
Take a Dip in Huay Mak Lium Hot Spring
Huay Mak Lium hot springs are located close to the Lam Nam Kok National Park. Taking a dip here relaxes all your tired muscles and ligaments. If you have some more time to spare here, do not forget to participate in elephant riding activity organized here.
Location: Lam Nam Kok National Park, Chiang Rai
Timing: Huay Mak Lium Hot Spring is 24/7 open for all its visitors.
Visit Khun Korn Waterfall
Enjoy some alone time at the 70-meter tall Khun Korn Waterfalls. As you drive your way to the waterfalls, there are many roadside restaurants where you can have some tasty and hygienic food. As there are very few visitors here, you can plan a day for hiking.
Location: Highway 1208, Mae Kon, 57000 Mueang Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Timing: Khun Korn Waterfall remains operational from 08:00 am till 04:30 pm.
Visit Tree Top Adventure Park
Chiang Rai’s Tree Top Adventure Park has a 300-meter walkway lined up between the trees. This walkway is at the height of around 30 meters from the ground. Besides walking down this treetop walkway, there are myriads of other adventure activities such as Tarzan swings, tightrope walk, rope bridges, and flying skateboards.
Location: Doi Tung, Chiang Rai province
Timing: Tree Top Adventure Park remains operational between 08:30 am in the morning and closes down by 04:30 pm.
ATV ride adventures is a family enjoyment destination. They have three experiences where you can enjoy with your family – All day Lanna experience, waterfall tour, and elephant camp tour.
Location: Pa Sang, Wiang Chiang Rung District, Chiang Rai 57140, Thailand
Timing: ATV Ride remains operational between 08:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Which are some famous shopping tours in Chiang Rai?
Our Chiang rai tour packages include a tour through –
Saturday Night Market Chiang Rai:
No sooner you step at the Chiang Rai’s Saturday Night Market, you will find local artisans selling their crafts and creativity. While observing every single piece of creativity might take some time, there are many food stalls to try Thai desserts, meals, and snacks. Do not forget to watch the sparkling Chinese lanterns that lit the market.
Location: Suk Sathit, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: Operates only on Saturdays from 06:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Sunday Happy Street (Snag Khon Noil)
As the name suggests, this street is well-known for its happy atmosphere where families can have their own time and space. Northern Thai cuisines are specialities here which indulge strollers to stop and munch on and on.
Location: Sankhongnoi Road near the Chiang Rai Hospital.
Timing: Sunday Happy Street operates only on Sundays from 05:00 pm to 11:00 pm.
Chiang Rai Night Bazaar
Chiang Rai’s Night Bazaar is the weekend hangout spot for the tourists visiting here. Right from fruits to handicrafts, clothes, and local cuisines, you have the right amount of stuff to engage yourself with.
Location: Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1, off Phaholyothin Road
Timing: Chang Rai’s Night Bazaar remains functional from 06:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Kad Luang (The Big Wet Market)
This market works day and night. In the morning you will find it as a regular bazaar. As the sun sets, the entire street gets crowded with local delicacies such as seafood and desserts. Stir-fried garlic is a must to try food preparation here.
Location: Uttarakit Road, North of Clock Tower, Chiang Rai
Timing: Kad Luang remains operational from 05:00 pm till midnight at 00:00 am.
Chiang Rai Walking Street
This is a famous street of Chiang Rai for commercial purposes. Although not very big, there is quite a good count of shops selling food, traditional items, and other souvenirs.
Location: Hanalei, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: Chiang Rai’s walking street operates only on Saturdays from 04:00 pm in the evening to 12:00 am in the morning.
What is the best public transport to commute around Chiang Rai?
By Bus: Chiang Rai has two bus stations – old and new. Chiang Rai province buses reach the former bus terminus while other buses (rest of Thailand) reach the new bus terminus. The old bus terminus is located within the center of Chiang Rai, and new bus terminus lies 7 km south from the central city.
By Tuk-Tuk: Tuk-tuk is best when you need to cover a shorter distance say within the frontiers of Chiang Rai itself. Alternatively, you have samlors to get in and around Chiang Rai.
By Songthaew: Songthaew connects both the old and new bus terminals with each other. Your journey from former to new or vice versa will last for around 15 minutes at a charge of 15 THB (34.69 INR) per head.
By Taxi: Tourists coming straight away from Airport prefer to travel via taxis. Otherwise, it is not a favoured mode of transport in Chiang Rai.
Which are the famous biking tours in Chiang Rai?
Half-Day Cycling Tour to the White temple
This tour is organized by Chiang Rai Bicycle Tour. You’ll be first briefed about personal safety. Thereafter, your tour starts and trespasses a few villages and rice paddy fields. It further follows the path of the Lao River upstream.
Rice plantations, fruit orchards, teak trees and rubber plantations are some sightseeing activities on your cycling route. Your tour will finally come to an end at the Wan Rong Khun Car Park.
Location: Chiang Rai Bicycle Tour, 222/6 Moo 3 Tambon Tasai Muang Chiang Rai Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: Sharp at 08:30 am
Cost: 1450 THB (3397 INR) per person
Chiang Rai Bicycle Trip
Chiang Rai Bicycle Trip organizes private self-guided tours with a batch size of around 12 heads per visit. All their tours are guided through well-trained and English speaking guides.
Location: 240, Soi 5 Ban Hong o Tambon Doihang Muang, Chiang Rai, Thailand 57000
Timing: Starts at 08:00 am
Cost: Adults – 750 THB (1734 INR) and children (12 years) – 500 THB (1156 INR).
Chiang Rai Bicycle Tour
Chiang Rai Bicycle Trip organizes half-day, full-day and mountain bike tours for your complete family adventure. Their cycling routes are well-planned and are guided by well-trained tour guides.
Location: 222/6 Moo 3 Tambon Tasai Muang Chiang Rai Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: Starts at 08:30 am
Cost: Price varies for different tours. On a lower side, you can expect 1400 THB (3236 INR) per head.
Chai Machete Tours
Chai Machete Tours offers three different packages for bicycle rides –
Cycling tour (half-day) around the lake
Popular cycling tour
Unique cycling tour
Combination full day cycling and trekking
Cycling tour full day to Golden Triangle
Your bicycle tour shall be inclusive of hotel transfer, mountain bikes, helmet, guide, lunch, and water.
Location: 1009/4 Jetyod Rd, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Timing: Chai Machete Tours remains operational from 08:00 am to 10:30 pm.
Cost: Cycling tour (half-day) around the lake – 1000 THB (231.18 INR)
Popular cycling tour – 1800 THB (4162 INR)
Unique cycling tour – 1800 THB (4162 INR)
Combination full day cycling and trekking – 1800 THB (4162 INR)
Cycling tour full day to Golden Triangle – 2500 THB (5780 INR)
Lanna Cultural Tours
With Lanna Cultural Tours, you can enjoy activities such as sightseeing, trekking, bicycling, and so on. Lanna homestay, temple stay, cooking style, Vipassana meditation and farming activities club to make their tour an entertaining one for all. Their tour services are applicable to the northern provinces of Chiang Rai, Phayao, Lampang, Chiang Mai, Phrae, and Mae Hong Sorn.
Location: Soi 2 72 Moo 8 Ban Hua Rin, Mae Phrik, Mae Suai District, Chiang Rai 57180, Thailand.
Timing: Lanna Cultural Tours remains operational for 24 hours.
Cost: For pricing, you may visit their headquarters at Chiang Rai.
How is the nightlife in Chiang Rai?
We promise to introduce you with Chiang Rai’s nightlife as an integral part of our Chiang rai tour packages. When it comes to nightlife in Chiang Rai, there are unlimited entertainment and enjoyment options. If you want to shop, Chiang Rai’s Night Bazaar is the halt for you. From shopping handicrafts and clothes to indulging in local Thai cuisines, you will find a massive pool of tourists here.
Besides shopping, Chiang Rai homes to many flashy pubs and clubs to chill out with family, friends, and relatives. Locals here, love to engage in the night live music or watch live sports broadcasts or enjoy a game of pool at these pubs and clubs. Bar Lamyai, Cat bar, Coconut’s Bar, Easy House, and Kaffee Hub are some of them. As soon as the clock strikes 8 pm, people head towards the Clock Tower for a fascinating night light show.
Which are the best places to stay in Chiang Rai?
Best places to stay in Chiang Rai are -
Situated on Sankhong Luang Road, Maryo Resort has around 60 rooms. What sets it apart from every other place here is that every room has its own unique art. You can either opt for their superior, VIP poolside or deluxe rooms.
Amongst essential facilities, Maryo resort provides 24 hours receptionist service, free parking, cable TV, fax service, outdoor swimming pool, laundry service, and free Wi-Fi services.
Grandma Kaew House
Located at 300 m distance from the Clock Tower, Grandma Kaew House offers air-conditioned rooms. These rooms are packed with all essential facilities such as electric kettle, cable TV, refrigerator, and so on. This place is rated to be the best amongst the couple tourists visiting here.
Wiang Inn Hotel
This is a luxury hotel of Chiang Rai featuring around 260 beautiful guest rooms. They have conventional relaxation rooms for business conferences and seminars. You can opt either for their superior, deluxe, executive deluxe, premier suite or royal suite. Swimming pool, Torino club and karaoke are unique attractions of this place.
Le Patta Hotel Chiang Rai
Le Patta Hotel in Chiang Rai is famous for its cosy accommodations – twin deluxe bed, suite room, superior double bed, deluxe double bed, and superior twin bed. Internet corner, newsstand, book corner, shuttle service, safety deposit boxes, and airport transportation are some of the services available here.
Which are some popular places to eat in Chiang Rai?
While there are many great places to eat, here are some of the best ones –
Ran Lab Sanam Keela
If you want to taste some authentic Lanna food, Ran Lab Sanam Keela is sure-to-visit dining place for you. This place offers some irresistible delicacies. Amongst them, Yang Ruam is their signature preparation.
Thai stir-fried food is best to try at Ja Jaroenchai in Mueng district. Amongst all their preparations, Gai ban tom sab and Pad yod on tandawan moo are must-try food items.
No other place in Chiang Rai will offer you the original Thai flavour except the Moommai Restaurant. This venue exhibits a traditional look with tropical interiors, wooden figures and toys for your kids. If you get a chance to visit this place at night, make sure that you attend their live folk music as well.
Jatujak Gallery and Restaurant
You can enjoy great food at Jatujak Gallery and Restaurant with some artistic collectables. This place offers you a phenomenal dining experience amidst a soothing atmosphere. Jatujak Gallery and Restaurant are primarily known for their Thai specialities.
The ambience of this restaurant is simple, with traditional wooden furniture blending perfectly with the decoration of green trees within. Thai, Italian, and Fusion food are best to try here. Sea Spaghetti is their signature dish.
Roti Pa Yai
Roti Pa Yai is present on the eastern edge of Chiang Rai. Curry dishes, stir-fries, are best to try here in spacious and countryside ambience. This hotel serves the Muslim type halal food and is run by a small Muslim community. Roti Mataba Gai and Gaeng Gari Gai are their famous dishes.
How many days are required to explore Chiang Rai?
It is good to plan your Chiang Rai trip for 2 to 3 days to explore it entirely.
Are there any restrictions regarding anything which I need to take care of?
There is no such restriction regarding anything in Chiang Rai. However, make sure that you carry your identity card or passport with you whenever you roam around.
White Temple, also known as Wat Rong Khun is a unique and contemporary temple situated in Chiang Rai city of Thailand. The brainchild of native visual artist and painter Chalermchai Kositpipat, this Buddhist temple draws crowds for its unconventional architecture, incredible interiors with weird murals and decorations, and odd sculptures. The area adjacent to the temple is intended to house, the center of learning and meditation and help people benefit from the teachings of Buddhism. The incredible whiteness of the temple coupled with pieces of glass used in the plaster makes the structure look radiant. On a sunny day, the light reflecting from the white surface and the million tiny mirrors embedded on every available surface gives the impression of walking into a heaven or nuclear explosion themed temple.Visitors can enter the Ubosot or the main chapel only through the front side, via a narrow white bridge built over a small lake. Figurines of out-stretched hands swarm the front of the bridge. The lake is adorned on either side with two very graceful statutes of Kinnaras, the half-human, half-bird creatures from the Buddhist mythology that are believed to guard people. Visitors come across the “Gate of Heaven” after crossing the front bridge. It is flanked by two humungous structures that represent Death and Rahu, who decide over men’s destiny.Several Buddhist images in meditation posture line the front of the Ubosot. Ubosot or the Ordination Hall conforms to the traditional Thai architecture fundamentals like the three-tiered roof and stylized Naga serpents. The exteriors of the Ordination hall are coated with white plaster and rubble of reflective glass. Interiors of the Ubosot are embellished with plenty of ornaments and colorful murals that portray mythological and modern figures such as demons, Western heroes like Batman, Spiderman, Terminator, Michael Jackson, etc and events such as nuclear warfare, World Trade Center attack, etc. A golden mural of Buddha is illustrated on the back wall of the Ubosot with a few smaller images in front of it.The one structure that stands out from the sparkling White Temple is the Golden building that houses restrooms. Another structure that is included in the complex is the ornate crematorium. According to Buddhism, death is a transition from this life to the next and the cycle of life and death can be broken by attaining Nirvana or enlightenment. A number of concrete ‘trees’ line the temple grounds, with thousands of medallions hanging down from them.Location: White Temple is situated at Ban Rong Khun, Tambon Pa O Dun Chai along Phahonyothin road at Km816, approximately 15 km south west of Chiang Rai Town.Time: Wat Rong Khun Opening hours: 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. The temple remains open during weekends and on Thai National Holidays too. The gallery closes at 5:30 p.m. Museum of Paintings: 8:00 A.M – 5:30 P.M.Distance from Chiang Rai: 13.5 Kms. Visitors can reach the Temple from Chiang Rai by renting a Motorbike or tuk-tuk for around 200 -300 baht. It will be a 20-minute ride. One can take public transport to reach the Temple. The bus fare for the ride is 20 baht.History of White TempleThe White Temple, an unconventional, peculiar, privately-owned art showpiece in the style of Buddhist pagoda, was first thrown open to visitors in 1997. The end of the 20th century saw the temple deteriorate and end in a bad state of repair. In the absence of any intervention from either the Govt. or other institutions, Chalermchai Kositpipat decided to fund the project himself and rebuild it. The earthquake that struck Chiang Rai on May 5th, 2014 destroyed the temple to a large extent and was closed indefinitely.After the expert engineering team evaluated the damage and affirmed that the structure is intact and unharmed by the quake, Chalermchai undertook restoration work and further expansion of the Wat Rong Khun and subsequently opened the doors to the visitors. He has so far invested 1,080 million THB in his favorite project. The construction work is still going on and is expected to continue until 2070. When completed, the White Temple compound will house nine building including the existing Ubosot or Ordination Hall, a hall of relics, a meditation center, an art gallery, and monks’ living quarters.Structures of the White Temple and their Symbolism:Each and every element and detail of the White Temple carries a meaning and message for the visitors to ponder upon and redeem oneself from unrighteous acts such as passion and gluttony.The sparkling whiteness of the temple signifies the purity of Buddha while glittering glass symbolizes the Wisdom and Dharma of the Buddhist teachings. The upturned beseeching hand figurines in the front of the bridge in a circular area represent greed and suffering souls in hell. The bridge also referred to as “Cycle of rebirth” built over a small lake and leads to Ubosot, denotes attaining moksha, free from the cycle of birth and death. It proclaims that the way to attaining inexplicable and undefined happiness is by renouncing materialistic pleasures.Flanked on either side of the lake are two mystical Kinnaree, the half-human and half bird creatures from Buddhist mythology. The two gigantic creatures guarding the “Gate of Heaven”, after crossing the bridge represents Death and Rahu. They decide the destiny of the people.Ubosot’s eclectic architecture is a confluence of elements drawn from different styles and times including traditional Thai and Hindu architecture. The principal building is built using a straightforward concrete framed structure with a wooden roof. Ubosot’s sparkling white exterior coupled with glittering glass fragments in the plaster provides a bizarre and jaw-dropping moment for the first time onlookers. Three-tiered roof and use of Naga serpents on barge boards bear semblance to traditional Thai architecture. Temple interiors portray murals representing good and evil from conventional and contemporary periods such as Gods, demons, and superheroes from movies and comics including Michael Jackson, Freddy Krueger, Terminator, etc and events like nuclear warfare, World Trade Center attack, etc. The overall message they convey is people are wicked.A very ornate structure that stands out from the White Temple is the Golden Building that houses restrooms. Gold is linked with the body while white represents the mind. Gold stands for worldly desires and money.Chiang Mai White Temple Traveller's Tip:1. Day time in Chiang Rai gets hot pretty early. Also, weekends witness heavy crowds. Plan accordingly.2. Foreign visitors should be aware that all the images of Buddha are considered hallowed. One should take prior permission of the guide before touching the statutes or images of Buddha. Any desecration of the religious symbols will attract severe punishment.3. Respect the religious sentiments of the local population. Monks in monasteries and temples are considered holy. Visitors are advised to not to touch them or take a picture with them.4. The dress code at the White Temple is not very strict but tourists are expected to dress appropriately, which means no revealing dresses. Visitors are expected to cover their shoulders and knees with clothing.5. Do not miss on the Predator statue that appears rising out of the temple grounds. Also keep tabs on the paintings of pop culture icons, comic & movie heroes like Hello Kitty, Michael Jackson, Spider-Man, Terminator, Neo from the Matrix, Harry Potter, etc.6. Visitors are expected to remove shoes and footwear before entering the White Temple.7. Maintain silence and decorum. No public display of affection such as hugs and kisses.8. It is considered disrespectful to point feet at Buddha’s image or turn back on him.9. Do not miss the restrooms in Golden Building. Everyone talks deliriously about them.10. If you are an avid photographer, try to take photos of the exterior of the temple early. As the day progresses, the light reflecting off the white walls of the temple become harsh and may affect the quality of your travel pictures. Also if shooting photos on your phone, it is recommended to use a camera app for better quality.How to reach the White Temple from Chiang Rai?Visitors can avail public transport from Chiang Rai. The bus fare will be THB 20 per person and one can reach the temple in 30 minutes. The bus stops a short distance away from the temple, on the other side of the highway. One needs to walk from the bus stop to the Temple. Visitors can catch the bus at this wooden bus stop for their return journey. If you are averse to traveling in public transport, you can book a scooter on rent for the day for about 250 THB (approx. USD 8).You can pre-arrange a tuk-tuk to pick up and drop you back at your hotel for 400 THB (USD 13). The trip takes around 35 minutes. You can enter into an agreement with your tuk-tuk driver to wait for an hour or 2 to finish your sightseeing at White Temple and take you backBest time to visit White Temple: Though the White Temple is open all year, the best time to visit it is during the winter season between the months of December and February. The weather will be serene and agreeable with clear blue skies and light breezes. Average day time during this period is 21oc and night temperature between 10-15oc.Hot or summer season lasts from March to May. Average temperature ranges between 27oc in May to 36oc in May. Monsoon period is between June and September. Since the rain generally falls in short bursts of an hour or two, it will not spoil your travel experience. Also, the average temperatures during monsoon hover around 27oc, which is conducive to sightseeing. Generally, it is better to arrive early on any given day and also plan the trip on weekdays to avoid the heavy rush.Places to stay near White Temple: Reun Pon Aek Hotel: 1. Situated just 400m from White Temple, Reun Pon Aek Hotel provides spacious rooms, hygienic atmosphere, free Wi-fi, satellite TV, fridge, air-conditioning, shared lounge and Garden. 2. Complimentary breakfast, free bikes, and airport transfers are some the freebies offered by the hotel.3. Avg. price/night: Rs. 1,756/- (2 persons)777 Food and Bed:1. The Hotel located less than 0.1 km from the temple, boasts of multiple restaurants on the 1st floor and 24-hr front desk.2. Clean and comfy rooms with private balcony, modern amenities like a flat-screen TV with cable channels, individual bathrooms with showers and free toiletries, on the house Wi-Fi, and air-conditioner provide value for your money.3. Avg. price/night: 3,112/- (2 persons)Manonnee: 1. The ever-hospitable owner and the staff and Delicious food (Asian & American) by the in house-restaurant are the standout features of this hotel.2. Spic and Span capacious rooms, comfy beds, fabulous interiors, excellent facilities like large restrooms with hot shower, garden, cable TV, fridge, excellent Wi-fi, and A/c will make your stay pleasurable and unforgettable.3. Avg. price/night: Rs. 2,454/- (2 persons)Hop Inn Chiang Rai:1. Budget hotel with good value for money is the prominent aspect of this hotel.2. Clean air-conditioned rooms with private balcony and amazing city view, free Wi-Fi, 24 hr front desk, Cable TV, amiable staff, and plenty of free on-site parking are rated as plus points of this hotel.3. Avg. price/night: Rs. 1450/- (for 2 persons).The Garage: 1. Situated 5 km from White Temple, The Garage offers on-site café and restaurant that offers sumptuous breakfast and lunch.2. Great host, cooperative staff, cushy accommodation, pleasing and well thought-out interiors, and exceptional amenities will make your day.3. Avg. Price/Night: Rs. 1,017 (for 2 persons).Other places to visit near White Temple:1. Clock Tower of Chiang Rai:- Designed by the same Thai born painter turned architect Chalermchai - Kositpipat, the Clock Tower bears resemblance to the White Tower for its distinctive architectural style. - The light and sound show at the Clock Tower at 7 pm, 8 pm, and 9 pm will transform the surrounding environment into surreal environs as the Clock Tower changes its color from Gold to pink to green and illuminate the adjoining areas.2. Singhai Park:- It is an agro-based sightseeing destination that takes visitors on a tour of blooming flora and fauna, stunning pictorial views of tea plantations, fun and adventure activities, fork to farm organic delicacies, native fresh fruits, and vegetables.3. Baan Dam Museum:- Also referred to as Black House, it is a conglomerate of 40 buildings that showcase architectural mastery and elaborate wood carvings.- The Museum displays the collections by Thai painter and architect Thawan Duchanee that include an enormous array of works of art, cravings, and animal skins.4. Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong:- Built at the highest point in Chiang Rai, this Temple not only provides a stunning view of the Entire Island but also stores sacred relics and images of Lord Buddha.- The 14m stupa known as Golden Pagoda is made of pure gold and exemplifies Lanna and Burmese architecture.5. Wat Klang Wiang:- The fire temple of the Chiang Rai is famous for its elegant 3-tier white pagoda, very ornate vihara or Main Temple, highly decorated scripture hall and a naval city pillar guarded by Yakshas.- The inside of the main temple is bedecked with fiery red motif and houses a Golden Buddha image.6. Oub kham Museum:- A heritage conservation center that preserved the great history of Lanna Kingdom, through priceless historical and cultural artifacts.- The throne of King Tai Nuea, Lanna Buddha Statue, handwoven royal fabrics, and antiquated silverware are some of the invaluable treasures.7. Wat Huay Pla Kang:- The place is famous for 23 storey high white Guan Yin or the Goddess of Mercy (often mistaken for Big Buddha).- A 9-tier pagoda (temple) guarded by golden and green nagas in the Thai and Chinese style with the largest wooden Guan Yin Bodhisattva inside evokes a spiritual feeling in visitors.8. Wat Rong Seur Ten (Blue Temple):- The Blue Temple built on the ruins of a 100 yr old ancient shrine, designed by the protégé of Chalermchai Kositpipat, is a fusion of modern art and traditional architecture.- The burst of cobalt blue color on interiors and exteriors contrasted with golden embellishments and brilliantly carved sparkling white Buddha Idols at strategic places provide a feast to eyes.9. Doy Din Dang Pottery:- Doy Din Dang meaning ‘red clay hill’ in Thai is a Pottery studio made up of several buildings in the idyllic settings of Chaing Rai.- Established by Thai artist Somluk Pantiboon, after an apprenticeship under renowned master Karatsu potter in Kyushu, Japan, the studio churns hand-made or wheel thrown conventional and contemporary ceramic art pieces.10. Khun Korn Forest Park Waterfall:- A Nature lover’s paradise, it is one of the tallest waterfalls with a height of 70 meters.- Surrounded by lush green forests, it a favorite trekking spot for adventure trotters, as one has to trek 30 minutes to reach the fall.11. Chang Puak Camp Chiang Rai:- An ideal destination for adventure fanatics, Chang Puak Camp offers adrenaline pumping activities such as Elephant rides, ATV adventure, Crocodile show, etc.- Elephant show, Karen longneck, and Souvenir shop amuse you.12. Wat Rung Khun Night Bazaar:- If you are an impulsive shopper, there is no great place than Wat Rung Khun Night Bazaar, splurge your money on exclusive handicrafts, souvenirs, artifacts, and variety of local delicacies and drinks.- You can try out authentic Thai massages, watch folk music performances and other cultural extravaganza and learn about Thai culture.FAQs 1. Who designed the White Temple?White Temple is designed and built by the Thai born painter-turned-architect and millionaire Chalermchai Kositpipat. He funded the entire project out of his pocket. Till date, he has spent THB 1,080 million. He accepts donations from philanthropists, but not in excess of THB 10,000, as he fears they may influence him.2. Is there any entrance fee for the White Temple?Admission to the Wat Rong Khun or White Temple is free for Thai National, while it is TBH50 for foreigners.3. What is the White Temple represent?White Temple professes the virtues of Buddhist teachings such as Purity, Wisdom, and Dharma that prevent people from falling prey to worldly temptations such as desire and greed. It conveys that one could attain Nirvana and reach Heaven by overcoming the cycle of life and death. 4. What are the operating hours of the White Temple?Wat Rong Khun is open daily from 8:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M. The temple remains open during weekends and on Thai National Holidays too. 5. What is the White Temple made up of?White Temple is made up of simple iron and concrete framework, wooden roof structure, white plaster, and innumerable glass pieces.6. What is the history behind White Temple Chiang Rai?Wat Rung Khun or White Temple is planned and erected by local artist and draftsman Chalermchai Kositpipat in the year 1997 and thrown it open to the public in 1998. But by 2000, the temple got damaged and badly needed renovation. Due to lack of support from Govt. and other institutions, Chalermchai decided to fund the project himself and rebuild the White Temple.An earthquake that devastated Chiang Rai on 5th May 2014 badly damaged the White Temple. After thorough investigation and confirmation by an expert team on the structural stability of the temple, Chalermchai made up his mind to restore and further expand the Temple. The project is expected to be completed by 2070.7. How old is the White Temple?If one takes into account, when the White Temple was first thrown open to the public (1998), it is 21 yr old as of today (2019). The temple underwent a series of renovations back in 2000 and 2014 and the project is still going on and will not be completed until 2070.8 .When was the White Temple build?The Temple was first built in 1997 and underwent renovations in 2000 and 2014.9. What is the dress code for White Temple Chiang Rai?Wat Rung Khun or White Temple expects tourists to cover their shoulders and wear long shorts or long pants to enter the main building. Visitors are also expected to leave their shoes and footwear before entering the Ubosot.10. How to get from White Temple to blue temple?White Temple is 13 km from Chiang city center or Bus terminal. A public transport charges 20 TBH to take visitors from the bus stop near White Temple to City center. There is no bus transport to Blue temple. It is a 10-minute drive from the City center to Blue Temple. One can rent a scooter or tuk-tuk to reach the Blue Temple. Scooter or Motorbike charges per day will be around 200 -300 baht. Tuk-Tuk charges will be not more than 50 -100 baht.
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. The place also boasts of a unique culture and makes for a wonderful escape from the humdrum affairs of life. The quaint mountain of Doi Mae Salong has many tribal villages and offers you one of the most delicious oolong teas which is grown locally here.Location: Amphoe Mae Fah Luang, Chiang RaiTimings: 8 am to 5 pmPrice: INR 65/THB 30
Located right in the main town of Chiang Rai, the clock tower with its bright golden architectural style is definitely a crowd puller. If the architecture and pattern of this tower is similar to the White Temple, it is because both of these structures have been designed by the same artist, Chalermchai Khositpipat. The tower was open to public during 2008 as an honour to His Majesty, The King. The clock tower, which is quite ordinary during day times, takes a magical turn during the night hours. Every evening, at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm, don’t miss the chimes and laser lights-cum music show. All of these happen when the colour of the tower changes from golden to pink to green. Location: At the junction of Thanon Jet Yot & Thanon Baanpa Pragarn.Timings: Open all through the day. Price: Free.