Chiang Rai is a city in Northern Thailand. Mother Nature has been more than generous here, having some of the most breath taking views I’ve come across. Here’s The Ultimate Chiang Rai Travel Guide.
Chiang Rai is small and relaxed compared with the hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai. This often overlooked city is definitely worth the journey, everything is easily accessible by scooter and the roads are lovely and quiet.
Things to see and do:
The White Temple:
(Wat Rong Kun)
When I think of all the temples in Thailand this one defiantly stands out. As one of the most visited spots in Chiang Rai, I would definitely recommend arriving early in the morning when it first opens. Originally we arrived at 10am but it was so crowded people were queueing to get inside and walk around the outside. We went back the next day very early and we were the only ones there (maybe partly because of the rain) but it was truly magical.
Walking further around the grounds you’ll see a stunning golden temple, not many people venture around here so it really is a wonderful place to relax and photograph. Remember to cover your shoulders and knees for all temples you visit.
The Blue Temple:
(Wat Rong Suea Ten)
Wow wow wow, how is this place even real?! If you think the outside is impressive, just wait till you see the inside. The ceiling is painted with the most impressive patterns, the walls are covered in magnificent detail and it’s perfectly peaceful.
Choui Fong Tea Plantation
We almost didn’t go here because of the rain, but I’m so glad we did. Even after the 40km scooter ride in the rain I couldn’t wipe the huge smile off my face all day. It’s seriously incredible here and so interesting to see the plants harvested for tea. We were offered loads of lovely tea to try and I ended up buying some to bring home, delicious!
The Black House
(Baan Dam Museum)
The Black House is a museum and gallery that was home to the Thai artist Thawan Duchanee. The artist spent over 50 years creating this place and many of the locals describe it as “hell” compared to the white temple, which is “heaven”.
Warning: Not for the easily offended.
The Clock Tower
Designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat and unveiled in 2008, the clock tower is a must see if you’re passing through Chiang Rai. Try to visit at night to see it elaborately lit up.
Night Bazaar And Food Court
Opening every evening at 6pm, this small night bazaar is such a treat. The food is amazing, with so much choice and so cheap. The bazaar itself is small but there are many deals to be found.
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you enjoyed The Ultimate Chiang Rai Travel Guide.
Stay safe and travel far,
⁃ The Lost Girl
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