Chiang Rai

Thailand’s most northerly province, Chiang Rai is located 785 kilometres from Bangkok and borders Myanmar in the north and Laos in the east. Built by King Mengrai in 1262 the province has a mainly mountainous terrain and helps form the ‘Golden Triangle’ around the Mekong River. Chiang Rai is a major draw for tourists keen to experience the region’s natural attractions and learn about its place in Thailand’s past. Another key reason for tourism to the area is the local hill tribes. Visits to hill tribe villages are regular events and goods made by the hill tribes (materials, trinkets, etc.) are very popular purchases. The province features a number of key attractions including Mai Sai, Chiang Saen – home of numerous ancient ruins, and Doi Hua Mae Kham - home to a number of hill tribe villages.

Attractions in Chiang Rai

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Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen is a town located right next to the Mekong River. The town itself is quite ordinary except for its ruins - ruins that provide archaeological evidence of Chiang Saen’s former glory as a 14th-century city kingdom. The town is literally littered with temples (36 in total), fortresses, moats, Buddha images, remnants of city walls and...


Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong in Chiang Rai is very reminiscent of parts of China and much of the area’s history has a strong Chinese connections. When the Communists took over mainland China in 1949, remnants of the Nationalist Chinese army fled to the Thai-Burmese border. In 1961 they were driven into Thailand and some settled own on Doi Mae Salong...


Doi Tung

Known by locals as Thailand’s Switzerland, Doi Tung (‘Flag Mountain’) is an attractive mountain-top destination of forests and nearby Shan, Akha and Lahu tribal villages. Probably the most important attraction in the area is Wat Phrathat Doi Tung - a temple built one thousand years ago which is an important place of pilgrimage for...


Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle is in Chiang Rai Province, in the far north of Thailand. It was an expansive area taking in parts of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. In the past, the region was famed for opium cultivation in exchange with gold. In Thailand, Golden Triangle is located 28 Km from Mae Sai district. It’s the area where Khong River and Ruak River...


Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar is located between the bus station and Phaholyothin Road in the center of town. The market consists of many small stands on the narrow street running between Phaholyothin Road and the bus station. The variety of shops is appreciated by shopping enthusiasts. Everything is on display from ready-made garments silk, tattoo...


Phu Chi Fa Forest Park

Located in Thoeng district of Chiang Rai Province, it is a stunning view point of Doi Pha Mon.  Its height is 1628 meters above the sea-level. From Phu Chi Fa, you will experience the spectacular mountain scenery setting between Thai-Laos border. You will expect to see the views over Mekong River and deep into Laos. A small village of Chiang...


Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew was known as Wat Pa Yeah (Temple in the Golden Bamboo Forest), because it was in fact surrounded by bamboo forest. Its name was changed to Wat Phra Kaew in 1977 after its chedi was struck by lightning revealing the Phra Kaew Morakot (emerald Buddha statue) within. Wat Phra Kaew is famous throughout Thailand as the original home of the...


Santiburi Country Club Chiangrai

Chiangrai’s first and Grandest golf course was designed by one of the world’s finest, Robert Trendt-Jones II. For a stunning experience, tee off early one winter morning. The first few holes are a dream as the light fog shrouds the course in blanket of white. As the sun burns away the fob, the rolling fairways set amidst the Chiangrai hills, prepared with bunkers, lakes and trees come into shaper defination.


Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Incorporate Thailand's iconic elephants into your wedding celebration with Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. Exchange vows in a traditional elephant-themed setting, complete with blessings and ceremonial attire. Witness the gentle giants adorned with colorful garlands and witness their intelligence and gentle nature as they participate in your special day. Create a unique and unforgettable wedding experience that honors both Thai culture and the majesty of these magnificent animals.


Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre

Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre is run by a nonprofit organization called the Population and Community Development Association (PDA) with the intention of teaching people about the hilltribes and strengthening the their position in Thai society. The centre exhibits local crafts, all of which are for sale, and also provides information through...


Doi Hua Mae Kham

Doi Hua Mae Kham is home to a number of hill tribe villages along the Thai Burmese border. Although the inhabitants of these villages are predominantly of the Lisu tribe, a number of Akha, Hmong, I-Ko and Muser also live there. Visits can be made to the tribes and it is also possible to purchase their handicrafts and other homemade items. Visits to...


Mai Sai

Located north of Chiang Rai, Mai Sai is the most northern town in Thailand and directly on the Thai-Myanmar border. As this is one of the few active crossings between Thailand and Myanmar, Mai Sai has a ‘border town’ feel about it – plenty of coming and going and plenty of activity. The main street acts as a night market but most...


Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun is very different to any of temple you are likely to see in Thailand. A lifetime project of artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, the temple has a fine blend of traditional Buddhist art with contemporary themes. The temple is almost entirely white - no other colors are used at all. It is though decorated with small pieces of mirrored glass...


Maesai Border

Maesai Border is the northern-most district of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand. It is about 62 kilometers north of Chiang Rai City and has easy access along the main highway. There is a large market on the main road. Many small shops line both sides of the street. Maesai Border is famous for cheap jewels (jade, emerald, rubies) and cheap...


Saturday Night Walking Street

Saturday Night Walking Street is located on Thanalai Road center of town. Operating only on Saturday evening, it is easy walking distance not far from Chiang Rai’s Night Bazaar. The Walking Street runs from Thanalai road around a kilometer long. Thanalai Road is closed from cars at 05.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. on Saturday night, for the walking...


Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park

’Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park’ (Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non) is located near Pong Pha village close to the border town of Mae Sai in Chiang Rai - Thailand’s northernmost province. As with other parts of the region, the park is blessed with natural beauty and features waterfalls, forests and caves. Despite its numerous...

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