Things to do in Chiang Rai

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Chiang Rai

Things to Do in Chiang Rai


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Top Attractions in Chiang Rai

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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK179,805 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is just about the most beautiful Buddhist temple I've seen in all of Northern Thailand. The building foregoes the usual coloured glass or any colour at all. The building is completely in white to represent the purity of the Buddha. The building was designed by art master Chalermchai Kositpipat, so it's no surprise that there is plenty of art and artistic flourishes making a visit the perfect Instagram spot. The centrepiece of the complex is the ubosot white temple that is full of symbolism. These include the hands grasping for help from the Lord Buddha for an end to their cycle of suffering. Then there's the same single file bridge to the main temple. There's loads of other magnificent buildings and sculptures in the complex. It's a shame I only had an hour as part of a tour group. I could've easily spent half a day here.
    Written 15 April 2024
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK179,805 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Named for the predominant colour of the temple which is blue and gold, the artist has created an awe inspiring place with not just a temple but artworks too. The entrance has two guardians at the front as is normal in Thai temples, but there were very friendly looking guardians. The main temple has beautiful murals of the life of the Buddha, while the high altar a giant statue of Buddha in white and is mesmerising against the blue background. The temple grounds. Also has a museum about the history of the temple and various artworks created by the artist. The steps up to the museum alone is worth the walk because of all the statues that adorn the staircase.
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK179,805 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This place feels like both a touristy and local market. There’s a mix of stalls, shops, but the main attraction seems to be the food court. Most of the stalls sell clothes, although there are some selling souvenirs obviously aimed at tourists. It's not just foreign tourists though, there’s also a lot of Thai tourists. The food court is very popular with both foreigners and Thais. The seating is in the centre with food stalls arranged along either side. There’s also toilets and a stage at the eastern end of the food court. From I think about 7 onwards, there’s often performers on stage. Vegetarians can get a decent meal here too.

    A word of warning though. I would avoid during the rainy season as there's no cover and the thunderstorms are intense.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • marshaanddavid
    Singapore, Singapore31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very pleasant, pretty, quiet and relaxing Wat decorated in the ‘usual’ style and set in nice gardens with few visitors early in the day. Not exceptional but definitely worth a visit if you are in Chiang Rai, quite central and can be easily combined with 2 – 3 other Wats close by, within walking distance. One part of it is closed at the moment for re-decoration which offers an opportunity to the visitor as for baht 100 you can buy a roof tile and record your/family name on the back – a practical and fun contribution as there is no entrance charge. The museum is made of lovely old wood, presumably teak, and the whole place is generally well maintained. Look out for the squirrels.
    Written 13 July 2023
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  • James I
    New York City, NY575 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small but quaint temple inside a giant buddha offers some great views from the top. Can get a bit crowded and hot at times, but there are cars to take you to the top of the hill to save some energy. Nice to visit if you are in the area experiencing the other temples as well.
    Written 25 February 2024
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  • Alex H
    Port St. Mary, UK1,319 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice clock tower with pretty patterns. Recommend visiting at night time so you can see it light up in the darkness. Can take a photo but not much else to do with it.
    Written 22 March 2023
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  • oblongdisorder
    London, UK7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gallery complex storing the artist's work -animal skins, bones, carvings and woodwork. Some of it very phallic, comically so, it doesn't seem like the artist took himself too seriously so maybe his work can be appreciated in the same vein. The architecture reminded me of film and game horror houses, it was interesting and unique. I didn't find information on the procurement of the animal bodies so I hope it was done humanely after their natural death. I saw the buffalo that others have mentioned but not closely and don't know it's purpose or treatment. If anyone can shed any light on the animal treatment aspect that would be appreciated. Impossible to get a taxi to come pick you up (Oct) and there were no tuktuks there, although getting there by taxi is fine. You need to organise a driver or pay for a taxi to wait.
    Written 6 October 2023
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  • Joanne6861
    Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Elephant lovers tour was so great! This is my first time seeing elephants, their living and how cute are they! The best experience ever!!!
    Written 25 October 2022
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  • Ian Maitland
    Chiang Mai, Thailand61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The road is a steep climb up the mountain. Plenty of cafes and orange sellers align the road. I enjoyed the ' 888 ' restaurant, Chinese style. Plenty of Chinese atmosphere away from city.
    Written 6 February 2023
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  • Sanne R
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was my first hike alone in Thailand and I absolutely loved it. The route and the views were amazing.
    Written 29 November 2023
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  • Antöniö L
    Madrid, Spain169 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very pleasant garden, good for a long walk, with a selection of interesting works of art placed in the garden grounds (as of Jan 2024)
    Written 7 January 2024
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  • Mark
    37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views stunning trek very authentic village visit.. Definately recommend lots of fun and see how the real Thais would live and waterfall is breathtaking and a welcome relief at the other end xx
    Written 16 October 2019
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