Things To Do In Chiang Rai

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1. Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun
4.5 /5

13 km
from city center
1 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

The White Temple, also renowned as Wat Rong Khun is the brain-child of one-of-a-kind artist - Chalermchai Kostipitat. An architectural wonder in its own right, this temple is filled with a lot of Buddhist elements in its architecture, mirror decorations, and ornate reliefs. A privately-owned art exhibit in the form of a temple, Wat Rong Khun beautifully depicts the Buddhist teachings of karma, hell, heaven, and earthly sins. The white colour of the temple embodies the purity and sacredness of Buddha and his Dhamma teachings.

2. Clock Tower

Clock Tower
3.8 /5

1 km
from city center
2 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

It is a work of notable art and architecture which serves as a traffic roundabout in Chiang Rai.

3. Baan Dam Museum

Baan Dam Museum
4.2 /5

9 km
from city center
3 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

Baan Dam Museum is a collection of around 40 buildings of varying shapes and sizes spread across a beautiful garden. The traditional Thai structures are dark-coloured, and the funky white-igloos with cool graffiti on the outside. Though all the structures are not open to the public, the garden makes for a pleasant stroll.

4. Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong
4.3 /5

37 km
from city center
4 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

It is a mountain situated in nothern Chiang Rai famous for its native Chinese culture.

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5. Doi Chang

Doi Chang

30 km
from city center
5 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

Known for its world-class coffee that rates in the top 1% of coffees in the world, Doi Chang is a coffee plantation in northern Thailand - a hidden gem for coffee aficionados. Located close to Chiang Rai, not only is the coffee of the highest quality, but the business here is fair trade. A trip to Doi Chang includes wandering the coffee plantations, watching the stages of cultivation and processing, interacting with the Doi Chang farmers, and learning more about the coffee-making process at the Doi Chaang Coffee Academy, making these hills an ideal destination for anyone who enjoys a great cuppa.

6. Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong

2 km
from city center
6 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong is a popular temple and religious spot outside the city limits of Chiang Rai, Thailand. Also known as Wat Phra That Doi Jom Thong, it is built on the tallest point in the city, thereby providing mind-stirring view of Chiang Rai skyline. There are also 108 pillars adjacent to the wat built in celebration of King Bhumibol’s 60th birthday. Because of housing these ‘city pillars’, the wat is also known as the ‘city navel’ of Chiang Rai.

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7. Mae Fah Luang Garden

Mae Fah Luang Garden

15 km
from city center
7 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

The Mae Fah Luang Garden is a beautifully landscaped 10-acre garden that is part of the Doi Tung Development Project. Located in northern Chiang Rai close to the Myanmar order, it is the brainchild of the Princess Mother, Princess Srinagarindra, who was affectionately called “Mae Fah Luang” meaning ‘Royal Mother from the Sky.’ The garden aims to celebrate nature and provide an attraction for Thai people who have never seen flowers from overseas.

8. Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

1 km
from city center
8 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai Night Market is located in the Mueang Chiang Rai District of Thailand. It is a famous spot to find a vast range of handicraft items, clothing, jewellery, shoes, and authentic Thai food. If you get to be fortunate enough, you will also find local Thai dancers and folk concerts during your stay. The market is usually set at night because of the intense humidity of the region during morning hours.

9. Phu Chi Fah

Phu Chi Fah

2 km
from city center
9 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

Rightly termed as ‘Thailand’s best hidden secret’, ‘the most beautiful place you would have never heard of’ and ‘the place that offers the best sunrise view in all of Thailand’, Phu Chi Fah is a mountainous area and a national park which is located in the Toeng County of Chiang Rai in northern Thailand. Just next to the border of Laos, these mountain ranges boast of offering sights of one of the most beautiful sunrises you will ever see in all your life.

10. Khun Korn Waterfall

Khun Korn Waterfall

45 km
from city center
10 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

Standing at a majestic height of 70 meters, the Khun Korn Waterfall is indeed a hidden treasure, buried deep inside the Khun Korn Forest Park, outside Chiang Rai in Thailand. These waterfalls are undoubtedly one of the most exquisite places to visit in Thailand. The attraction is famous not just for the beautiful and gorgeous sights of the falling water and lush greenery, but for the vast rice fields and dense jungles. One can witness these visuals on their journey to the waterfall along with the following trek through the tall bamboo forest.

11. Oub Kham Museum

Oub Kham Museum

1 km
from city center
11 out of 11
things to do in Chiang Rai

The Oub Kham Museum in the Muang district in Chiang Rai, Thailand boasts of being home to thousands of rare Lanna items and artefacts that once belonged to the Tai people, and thus it offers its visitors with a comprehensive and beautiful thousand-year visual history of the Lanna culture and the roots of the Thai people.

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What are the top hotels in Chiang rai?

There are 335 Hotels in Chiang rai which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Chiang rai are Bann Fasai 3, Doitung Home stay(ดอยตุงโฮมสเตย์2), ปันดีการ์เดนท์โฮม, Chiang Rai Bicycle Homestay, Glass House, Mountain View, Near Airport-City, บ้านบุญสิริ. You can see all the hotels in Chiang rai here

What are the top activities in Chiang rai?

The top activities in Chiang rai are Chiang Rai Private Car Charter: Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Baan Dam (Black House), Golden Triangle, and More, Private Chiang Rai International Airport Transfers (CEI) for Chiang Rai, Private White, Black, Blue Temple, and Singha Park Day Trip from Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai Half Day Private Tour with White Temple, Blue Temple, and Black House, Suwannee Thai Cooking Class with Market Tour, Private City Transfers between Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.

What are the top sightseeing places in Chiang rai?

The top sightseeing places in Chiang rai are Wat Rong Khun, Clock Tower, Chiang Rai, Baan Dam Museum, Doi Mae Salong, Doi Chang, Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong.

How can I commute within Chiang rai?

The main modes of public transport in Chiang Rai are tuk-tuks, songthaews, and taxis. Exploring on foot is also a good option, but travellers prefer a vehicle due to time restrictions. If you don't want to travel by public transport, you can choose to rent a car or a motorbike; neither will cost too much. A couple of places to rent bikes from are ST Motorcycles and Chiang Rai Big Bike Rentals.
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