9 Tourist Attractions in Chiang Rai
July 17, 2021 by ASIAN PLUS TRAVEL

9 Tourist Attractions in Chiang Rai


Located in the far north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is more laidback than other more famous destinations in the country and is well worth visiting for its amazing historical attractions, delicious local cuisine, and beautiful scenery. Once a hub for the opium trade, the city is not far from the Golden Triangle; wonderful countryside borders Chiang Rai, with beautiful mountains and waterfalls nearby.

Stunning temples abound in its streets and exploring the city is a lovely experience – there is so much to see and do. In recent years, Chiang Rai has become an increasingly popular tourist destination, and with good reason, so head there now and see what all the fuss is about!

  1. White Temple (Rong Khun Temple); designed by the famous national artist. The main temple building is a distinctive white color, decorated with fragments of reflective glass which can be seen from afar. Then transfer back to the hotel.
  2. Emerald Buddha Temple (Phra Kaew Temple); where the Emerald Buddha image was once enshrined. Now it is replaced with a jade Buddha image which was made to commemorate the 90th birthday of the late Princess Mother.
  3. Singha Park; A great day out for all the family, Singha Park is a huge place that is full of nature and lovely to wander around. Set in the countryside surrounding Chiang Rai, the park has lots of lakes and meadows for you to explore; there is even a working farm which has a petting zoo where you can feed zebras and giraffes.
  4. Doi Mae Salong Tea Plantations; Tea Plantation 101 is one of the most famous Chiang Rai Attractions. The tea trees are lined in staircase field. You can experience tea picking and production, tea brewing, and tea tasting. Of course, tea as souvenir are available for purchase.
  5. Black House (Baandum Museum); belongs to the national artist who is celebrated for his eerie sculptures made from horns and bones, reptile skins, traditional African sculptures, old boats, Lanna-style woodcrafts and art installations housed across 32 buildings, most of which are Lanna-style pavilions made from black wood.
  1. Blue Temple (Rong Sued Ten Temple); designed by the local Chiang Rai artist who used to the team work of White Temple before. The main temple building is a distinctive blue color with the new philosophy of Buddhist art
  2. Golden Triangle where the borders of three countries; Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar are met. See the Golden Buddha Statue and the panoramic view of Mekong River.
  3. Doi Tung, 2,000 meters above sea level. In the past, shifting slash-and-burn cultivation destroyed the forest around Doi Tung area. Until 1987 when the Doi Tung Development. Project was established in accordance to the King’s Mother initiative.
  4. Wat Huai Pla Kung; There is a nine-tiered Chinese pagoda on site in addition to the beautiful statue. The temple is wonderfully serene to visit, although it may be less stunning visually than other temples around town. Together, however, they definitely make Wat Huai Pla Kung a place that you don’t want to miss out on.


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