Chiang Khong is a small, peaceful district on the bank of the Mekong River opposite Huaixai, Lao PDR.
Spend a day with the Akha people in the mountains of Chiang Rai and stay overnight in an Akha mud house. Watch how the hill tribe people live and work, learn about their history, traditions and culture.
Covering over 100 rai, it comprises more than 25 buildings of pure and applied northern architectural styles.
One of the most famous destinations uphill in Chiang Rai, especially during winter time, when visitors try to reach its cliff that offers spectacular views of the valley and sea of mist at sunrise.
Located in old town Chiang Saen, this museum exhibits artifacts excavated locally including a well-known Chiang Saen-style bronze Buddha image and Lanna Thai artifacts.
Wat Rong Khun, better known as “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. The temple outside the town of Chiang Rai attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign, making it one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions.
Wilderness jungle, multi-tier waterfalls, endless winding paths and a sense of discovery all combine to make trekking a must-do activity among adventurous types.
If you are not scared of the dark and enjoy a walk into the unknown, then try Chiang Rai’s Wat Tham Pla (‘Fish Cave Temple’, but also called ‘Monkey Temple’).
Set atop a low hill – the highest point in the city centre – Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong overlooks the entire city area and a scenic panorama of the Kok River.
With the exception of the elaborately sculpted front gate – which will likely catch your attention and draw you inside – the unassuming façade of Wat Phra Singh belies a fascinating world of Lanna art and a history dating back to the 14th Century.
This is a must-see temple, for its striking architecture and ornate relief decorations.
Fusing ancient Khmer and Lanna concepts of the universe and man’s position in relation to them, the Naval City Pillar is a series of carved stone pillars – about 1m high – set atop Jom Thong Hill.
The spiritual heart of Chiang Rai, this life-size monument is dedicated to King Mengrai the Great (r. 1262 - 1311), founder of the Lanna Kingdom.
If you plan to visit the hill-tribe villages, it’s a good idea to first drop by the museum and get familiarised with their culture.