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1. Wat Rong Khun - The White Temple

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.

2. 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.

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 Rai
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

3. Clock Tower

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.

4. 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.

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

5. 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 of an interesting architectural design which is an amalgamation of Thai and Chinese architecture.

It is known to offer the most breathtaking views of the landscape and allows you to cherish some tranquil moments by witnessing the Buddhist traditions and just enjoying the serenity of the backdrop. The temple is one of the most unique tourist places in Chiang Rai and a great place to enjoy a spiritual retreat.

Location: 553, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand

Timings: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

6. 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.

Interacting with the local tribes and basking in the glory of nature when sailing through the Mae Kok river is one of the things you will remember for life. Some of the major attractions of riding in Mae Kok river includes hot springs at the Karen village of Rhummit and a lot of mouth-watering Thai food.

Location: Mae Kok River flows from Thatorn to Chiang Rai
Timings: You can visit here anytime

7. 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. Phra That Doi Pu Khao which is located on the hill and Hall of Opium.

Location: Chiang Rai Province
Getting There: Blue Songathews (Local Buses) run from Mae Sai as well as Chiang Saen every 20 mins.

8. Boon Rawd's Singha Park

One of the most attractive places to visit in Chiang Rai, Singha Park should definitely 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.

Some of the interesting activities to indulge in when you are at Singha Park are walking amidst the flower gardens, ziplining through the scenic landscape, picking fresh fruits and vegetables from the gardens, tasting various delicacies, seeing and feeding various animals, etc.

Location: Mae Kon, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

9. 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.

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: Pa Ngew, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai
Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Mondays.

10. 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, 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. 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.

11. Oub Kham Museum

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

You will find yourself transported to the days of Lanna Kingdom through the images of Buddha, textiles, jewelry, and utensils kept here. The highlight of the museum is a 400 year old golden throne from the Shan State in Myanmar.

Location: 1/1 Nahkhai Rd, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai
Timings: 8 am to 6 pm

12. 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.

The intricate designs gracing its facade, roofs, and walls, contrast created by golden-blue colours, and brilliantly carved white idols of Buddha are noteworthy.

Location: Mae Kok Road, Chiang Rai
Timings: 8 am to 8 pm

13. 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 modest but attractive façade, and a very tranquil ambience.

Apart from the temple complex, there is much more for visitors to see here like Fish Tail Cave, Turtle Cave, and Yunnanese Settlements. All in all, Monkey Temple will amuse you in various ways and visited for a few hours.

Location: Pong Ngam, Mae Sai

14. 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.

Featuring 9 level in total, the plummeting stream looks absolutely stunning, so make sure to carry your camera to seize the spectacle with your camera. Enjoy a nature walk in the forest or sit by the cascade with your loved ones – it is an excellent place to create some wonderful memories.

Location: Ban Pu Kaeng, Amphoe Phan, Chiang Rai
Timings: 9 am to 4:30 pm

15. 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.

A visit to this statue also offers great photograph opportunities where budding and hobbyist photographers can test their skills. With the wonderful Chinese style temple sitting next to it, this majestic statue perched atop a small hill makes a sight to behold.

Location: Mae Yao, Chiang Rai
Timings: 8 am to 5 pm

16. 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.

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.

Location: Nang Lae, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai
Timings: 7 am - 7 pm

17. 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.

There are intricate carvings of the most peculiar things surprising you at every step when you walk in the Baan Dam Museum.

Location: 333 Tambon Nang Lae, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
Timings: 9 am to 5 pm

18. 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 travelling between the two cities.

Just dip your legs in the hot mineral water, and let a feeling of calm take over your mind. Also, buy some eggs and leave them to boil in the water that is 80 degree Celsius hot and takes only 3 minutes to do the job. Apart from cooking eggs, relaxing your tense muscles, and admiring the green surroundings, you can also buy some souvenirs from a shop here.

Location: Near Mae Khajan Market, Chiang Rai
Timings: Always Open

19. 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.

Among all the attractions that the park claims, a 300 metre long walkway suspended between strong trees offers the greatest dose of adrenaline rush. Tree climbing and zip lining are two other reasons to visit this place.

Location: Huai Khrai, Mae Sai District, Chiang Rai
Timings: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

20. Hall of Opium Museum

A unique museum in the Golden Triangle area that will take you on an interesting journey where you can learn some valuable facts about opium, its history, its usage, and much more, Hall of Opium Museum is one of the top tourist places in Chiang Rai. Offering an interactive learning experience to adults as well as kids, this museum is a great spot where you can visit with your entire family and spend some leisurely moments.

The region was once a major hub of opium production, and measures were taken the counteract the menace, which you will get to know on a tour of the exhibits here.

Location: Wiang, Chiang Rai
Timings: 8:30 am to 4 pm

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More About Chiang Rai Tourism

A few famous places to visit in Chiang Rai are Doi Din Dang Pottery, Khun Korn Waterfall, Baan Dam Museum, Wat Phra Kaew, Doi Mae Salong, etc. These places offer you the perfect escape from your monotonous life and let you take away some of the most unforgettable experiences of your life.

From waterfalls to flower gardens and beautiful temples to offbeat museums, there is no paucity of exciting ventures to look forward to when you are holidaying in Chiang Rai with your loved ones. Tourist places in Chiang Rai are a great visit for all kinds of tourists and it doesn’t matter if you are backpacking, visiting with your friends or having a family get-together.

People Also Ask About Chiang Rai

  1. What is Chiang Rai known for ?

    Chiang Rai City remains a sleepy provincial town with a pleasant atmosphere. ... Founded in 1262 as the capital of the Mengrai Dynasty, after Chiang Saen, today the city retains a strong Lanna identity, mostly through its impressive collection of temples, art, language, cuisine and music.

  2. Is Chiang Rai worth visiting?

    With incredible jungle scenery, dramatic mountains and amazing landscapes, it's a really unique place. You could do hiking trips from Chiang Mai and Pai, and many people do, but due to the lack of tourists around Chiang Rai it's a great place to see some nature

  3. Is Chiang Rai a good place to live?

    The Slow Life in Chiang Rai Thailand. Living in Chiang Rai in Thailand's far north is a great alternative to Chaing Mai and Bangkok's city life. Life in Chiang Rai really is a breath of fresh air and a complete escape from traffic congestion. Even better, it's cheap. ... The cost of living in Chiang Rai.

  4. Is Chiang Rai safe?

    Up in the north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is a small, safe, relaxed city that is definitely worth visiting for at least a few days of your itinerary in this part of the world

  5. Is Chiang Rai cheaper than Chiang Mai?

    Budget travelers will want to venture to Chiang Rai over Chiang Mai. Though both cities are incredibly affordable, there is certainly a difference in the cost of accommodation, cuisine, and more in Chiang Ra

  6. How many days do you need in Chiang Rai?

    Chiang Rai is ideally situated for discovering Thailand's Golden Triangle, so three days in the city give you ample time to immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine, and explore the northern highlands.

  7. Can you do a day trip from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?

    Chiang Rai is located about 200 km from Chiang Mai, the most famous tourist destination in Northern Thailand. ... You can also travel from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai by yourself, as there are buses running daily and the tickets are quite cheap

  8. How do you get around Chiang Rai?

    From traditional means of transportation such as tuk-tuks and samlors, to modern popular ones, such as taxis, buses, motorcycles, and so on. You can also rent a car or even walk to get around the city

  9. Is there a train from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai?

    There aren't any trains running between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The journey to Chiang Rai takes three hours, with most of the journey through beautiful mountain areas. There is plenty of legroom and the seats are very comfortable. There is also a clean toilet at the back of the bus.

  10. Is Chiang Rai in the Golden Triangle?

    Chiang Rai is the main jumping-off point for the Golden Triangle