Things to do in Chiang Rai

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Things to Do in Chiang Rai

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  • Simis29
    Bangkok, Thailand303 contributions
    Beautiful white temple..can clik pics from outside if u dont wanna buy 100 baht tkt to enter..looks like u are walking on way to heaven..loved the feeling..a must go in Chiang Rai
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Simis29
    Bangkok, Thailand303 contributions
    Lovely temple..free entry..pictorious place..Beautiful Lord Budha idol inside..highly recommended if in Chiang Rai.
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Eleni
    London, UK6 contributions
    I spent a lovely day at this elephant-friendly sanctuary. I went for the Elephant Safari option which included half a day at the elephant sanctuary and half a day at another location where elephants are rehabilitated in their natural environment. I investigated a lot in advance and I am so proud of choosing this particular sanctuary... Everything is about the elephants' well-being; no touching, no bathing, nothing human-focused. During the first part of the tour we were not allowed to reach them closer than 15m and, as they cannot see further than 8m, we were observing them while enjoying life. Our guide was very knowledgeable and spent a lot of time with us answering all kinds of questions. Due to the recent drop in tourism I was privileged to be the only one spending the second part of the tour(the actual safari) with the sanctuary's manager, Jack. Jack shared a lot of information and insights of his project with me and I believe he is a unique individual with a pure vision. I was touched to be part of this project with my contribution, fellow travelers I would strongly recommend that you research in advance and invest your money in projects that really have a positive impact on this world, such as this one. The food offered was really tasty and the whole sanctuary space is a paradise on earth. Thank you Jack and Team, good luck with your efforts!
    Written 7 April 2020
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  • Lee Grint
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK317 contributions
    Stunning temples here, highly recommended a visit. I would recommend spending anytime between 1 or 2 hours here, especially if you wish to climb the stairs. Easy for tourists to navigate around, tourist bus also available to reach the top of the statue.
    Written 30 November 2021
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  • melkeet
    Ipoh, Malaysia1,361 contributions
    We walked to the night market in Chiang rai from our Baanmalai hotel. It is near the Chiang Rai Bus station. There were all sort of merchandise being sold and includes fabrics, housewares, clothes, souvenirs, food and drinks. You can relax here while sipping a beer or two. There was a stage, on which local artist were performing some number. We spent 2 hours here.
    Written 31 December 2020
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  • Reslimpan
    Providence, RI2,752 contributions
    The journey to Doi Mae Salong is perhaps more about the journey as such than the final destination. Incredible scenery along the spaghetti roads leading there. Once in Mae Salong an opportunity to buy tea, coffee, nuts, dried fruit and mushrooms. Take the opportunity to visit a tea plantation to savor some excellent oolong tea.
    Written 3 January 2022
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  • skyisblu
    Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
    A large, very much functional Wat in the north of Chiang Rai. The map at the entrance explains the function of the various buildings in the compound, but the focal point here is the temple towards the back, housing a replica of the emerald buddha that is found at Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. This one is made of Canadian Jade, so I feel a particular attachment to it. The room where the statue sits glows in a beautiful green, with beautiful murals on the surrounding walls.

    Elsewhere on the site, you can observe turtles in the pond, see the tall golden Pagoda in the center of the compound, ring the temple bells. You will see many monks here, performing their daily chores or otherwise going about their business - this is their home, and you are simply a visitor, so be respectful. Towards the exit, there is a large table where you can make donations of money, either directly to the temple, or to buy robes or supplies for the monks. Since there is no entrance fee, this is a nice gesture to show appreciation for visiting.
    Written 4 June 2020
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  • Dean P
    Ko Kret, Thailand5 contributions
    A steep climb of 1,400 meters through the gorgeous jungle on a well-maintained trail yields a lovely waterfall setting. Have lunch sitting in the stream afterward.
    Written 23 April 2022
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  • Fenella H
    7 contributions
    Beautiful golden clock, worth seeing day and night for light show. Great for a pit stop walking around the city. Delicious cafes nearby especially Fika for Instagram lovers.
    Written 16 February 2021
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  • Alain K
    Bangkok, Thailand357 contributions
    Beautiful collections, amazing buildings, everything well presented and well explained, in beautiful surroundings, not to be missed.
    Written 5 April 2021
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  • Mark S
    Chiang Rai, Thailand20 contributions
    My most enduring memory of Thailand is this wonderful experience. The botanical gardens are truly beautiful and the museum recently added to the grounds bring emotional tears to the eye with an amazing insight into the country's history. As a farang luckily married to the most beautiful local girl I just simply love this visiting place as often as I can.
    Written 27 December 2020
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  • PhotoCatTraveler
    Southside, FL492 contributions
    Maybe the pandemic has made things worse. 2 friends and I were the only visitors there... felt too touristy for me but maybe on a day with more visitors it improves.
    Written 23 January 2022
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  • nantaphon d
    1 contribution
    It’s good for family group in winter season or any time that would you like to giving nature and this place has many activities to do such as make century egg and natural tie dry cloth workshop.
    Written 19 October 2021
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  • EHinOz
    Margate, Australia804 contributions
    It's rather special to visit the confluence of three countries - and on the mighty Mekong as well. The town is rather low key, but none the worse for that. There are the usual souvenir shops and a variety of places to eat, all very close to the impressive Golden Buddha, elephant figures and land based ship. There's also, not surprisingly, an opium museum, but we weren't tempted inside. A very pleasant trip in the country and well worth a visit.
    Written 21 March 2020
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  • Rocky Road
    Chiang Rai, Thailand1,648 contributions
    OK, if you come in the afternoon, especially on a Sunday parking takes a little while. I like Tops, which has hard to find foreign foods like German Rye bread, Dutch Zero Alcohol beer, Italian Decaf coffee, etc.

    I prefer the first floor food court, which has very reasonably priced "street food". Two people can eat like a king for 200B.

    Also the local foods area on the first floor has some healthy food worth trying. I bought some rice powder made from Black rice, which is loaded with phytonutrients to add to smoothies, yogurt, waffles, etc.

    Tops also has an OK salad bar. Tried Sizzler once-not as good as America. Also the Starbucks in Central is more expensive than Starbucks in America. There's also a couple sushi restaurants, which are quite expensive by local standards. I would guess not as good as mom & pop sushi joints in LA.

    Clothes here are outrageous expensive, but even in America, who's dumb enough to shop at malls for clothes? Either people with more money than sense or Shopaholics up to their eyeballs in credit card debt.

    Overall a great experience, highly recommend if you spend extended time in the city.
    Written 4 January 2020
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