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Best Places to Visit in Chiang Rai of 2017

  • 01 Phu Chi Fah

    Phu Chi Fah
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    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. The peaks in this area vary in between1200 and 1628m above sea level.

     Highlights - The sight of colourful flowers and sprawling meadows will make you go weak in your knees, especially when you come here during the season between November & January.



    Location
    – Located in the National Forest Reserve of Pa Mae Ing and Pa Mae Ngao.

    Timings- Open from 8AM to 5PM. Post this, the area gets dark and risky to travel through.

     Entry fee – Free of cost.




  • 02 Doi Din Dang Pottery

    Doi Din Dang Pottery
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    This is one of the lesser travelled destinations in Chiang Rai and therefore, its beauty is yet to be explored. Located at a good 993m above sea level, this point is perfect for people who love camping and having a solitary time with nature. Though it is quite scenic and provides an excellent view of the island and its surroundings, the road that leads to this point is quite risky. Roads can get slippery due to water canals passing through and guests are recommended not to travel through these roads unless they are highly skilled drivers.

     Highlights – As the point gets near, roads get sloppier, riskier and tougher to navigate through, especially in the evening hours. However during the day, you can see through almost the entire northern Thailand from here.



    Location
    – On the road that goes to the village of Banyafu.

     Timings – Can be accessed any time.

    Entry fee- Free of cost.




  • 03 Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong

    Built during as early as 10th century, this temple is located at the tallest point in Chiang Rai and hence provides a scintillating view of the entire island. The temple was constructed even before the island was made the Lanna capital. As the temple contains sacred relics and images of Lord Buddha, this is an important place of worship for the locals of the island and for people all over Thailand.

    Highlights – The chedi or stupa which is in the shape of a hexagon is made of pure gold and attracts viewers to a great extent. This 14 metre stupa, also known as the Golden Pagoda is a perfect example of the phenomenal Lanna and Burmese style of architecture.

    Location – Situated on the Arj-Amnuay Road.

    Timings – Open all through the day.

    Entry fee- Free of cost.



  • 04 Clock Tower

    Clock Tower
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    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.

    Highlights – 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.




  • 05 Doi Bo View Point

    Doi Bo View Point
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    This is one of the lesser travelled destinations in Chiang Rai and therefore, its beauty is yet to be explored. Located at a good 993m above sea level, this point is perfect for people who love camping and having a solitary time with nature. Though it is quite scenic and provides an excellent view of the island and its surroundings, the road that leads to this point is quite risky. Roads can get slippery due to water canals passing through and guests are recommended not to travel through these roads unless they are highly skilled drivers.

    Highlights – As the point gets near, roads get sloppier, riskier and tougher to navigate through, especially in the evening hours. However during the day, you can see through almost the entire northern Thailand from here.



    Location
    – On the road that goes to the village of Banyafu.

    Timings – Can be accessed any time.

    Entry fee - Free of cost.




    Top Things To Do in Doi Bo View Point

  • 06 Oubkham Museum

    If people in Chiang Rai and all over Thailand are aware of the excellent cultural traditions and heritage that were prevalent in Northern Thailand many centuries ago during the Lanna Kingdom rule, it is due to this excellent museum. It contains cultural pieces from various kingdoms dutifully collected and saved here by an artist and teacher, Khun Julasak Suriyachai. He earlier named it as Lanna Heritage Conservation Centre.

    Highlights – Antique collections, pottery work, rare pieces & images of Lord Buddha, man-made cave, golden throne of Chiang Tung, gold-carved teakwood pieces, handicrafts, tribal costumes and more.

     Location – On the Na Khai Road, just about 3km from the main city centre.

     Timings- Open from 8AM to 5PM on all days of the week.

    Entry fee- THB100 per kid and THB300 per adult.



  • 07 Long Neck Hill Tribe Villages

    Long Neck Hill Tribe Villages
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    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.



    Highlights
    : Observe elephants moving timber at elephant camps visit the villages and meet the members of the long-necked hill tribe, visit an orchid farm and the Queen Sirikit Botanic Gardens.

    Getting There: Located among various villages between Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle. The best way to reach the place is by local transport or by trekking.



  • 08 Chiang Rai's Night Market

    Chiang Rai's Night Market
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    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, jewellery and many kinds of souvenirs that reflect Lanna culture and other hill tribal communities, at reasonable prices. After you have shopped till you dropped, satiate your hunger with awesome grilled dishes along with a variety of beers.

     Highlights – Do not miss to try out the authentic Thai massages from experts, folk music performances and other cultural displays that are exhibited here.



    Location
    – Quite close to the bus station, right on the Prasopsuk Phaholyothin Road.

    Timings – Open in the evenings from 6.30pm and goes on till 11PM.

     Entry fee – Free of cost.




  • 09 The White Temple, Chiang Rai

    The White Temple, Chiang Rai
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    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.




    Top Things To Do in The White Temple, Chiang Rai

  • 10 The Golden Triangle

    The Golden Triangle
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    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.



  • 11 Boon Rawd's Singha Park

    Boon Rawd's Singha Park
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    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.




  • 12 Doi Tung

    Doi Tung
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    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).




  • 13 Wat Klang Wieng

    Wat Klang Wieng
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    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.




  • 14 Khun Korn Waterfall

    Khun Korn Waterfall
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    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.




  • 15 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.



  • 16 Wat Rong Khun

    Wat Rong Khun
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    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.




  • 17 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.



  • Nearby Getaways from Chiang Rai
  • 01 Luang Prabang

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    Luang Prabang or Louangphabang is a small but full-of-life city located in the Northern Central region of Laos, Thailand. This place consists of 58 adjacent villages, out of which 33 comprise the UNESCO town of Laung Prabang World Heritage Site. Luang Prabang is so beautiful that back in 1995, it was listed among the top tourist destinations for the uniqueness and remarkably well preserved architectural and cultural beauty that the place held.


    Luang Prabang is what they a perfect blend of rural simplicity as well as the urban development. Over several centuries, the French colonial influences have come and ruled over this place. Thus, you will even find many structures that reflect the French culture at Luang Prabang.


    The heart of the city consists of four main roads – each well planned and connected for the locals. Located on a peninsula, Luang Prabang comprises of several rivers, chief of them all is the Nam Khan and the Mekong River. The town is well known for the religious confluence as well. There are numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries that one will discover at this place. In fact, the religious sentiments are so high at this location that hundreds of monks every day from various walks of life walk through the streets collecting alms.


    Another important landmark of the city is the Mount Phousi. Yes, there are large steep hills sprawled on the scales of the city as well. These lead to the Wat Chom Si Shrine and an overlook of the city and rivers from this location is absolutely mesmerizing.


    Luang Prabang once served as the royal capital and the seat of the government of Kingdom of Laos. However after the 1975, the communist took over. The city is a part of the Luang Prabang District of Luang Prabang Province and there is much tourism thriving in this place. There are numerous resorts, restaurants and hotels that people can visit and have a good time in.


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  • 03 Lamphun

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