Chiang Rai

Discover the unexplored city in Thailand – Chiang Rai

Want to visit Thailand, as an authentic traveller rather than a typical tourist? [Yes, that is possible!] Well then we have some off-beat places for you to visit, and some different things for you to do! Choose the quieter, but equally interesting sister town of Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai! A more relaxed yet energizing set of days await you! With abundant outdoor activities, cultural attractions, stunning properties and much more – this unexplored city has a lot more to offer than you know of.

About Chaing Rai

Lying in the alluvial pains of the Mae Kok river, Chiang Rai is actually one of the biggest cities of Northern Thailand. It was in 1262 that King Meng Rai established Chiang Rai as the first capital of the Lanna Kingdom. This lineage is clearly visible in the culture of the city. Even though the city has stayed away from the tourist radar for a while, it has come up in a big way with its natural beauty and outdoor appeal as its unique selling proposition.

Tea Garden in Chiang Rai
Tea Garden in Chiang Rai

Things To Do In Chaing Rai

Chiang Rai is a natural paradise, and gives you much more than the usual touristy options to choose from for your activities here. Eco-Tourism forms the primary theme of most tours here. Here is what you can experience at Chiang Rai.

 

The Caves Are Calling

Wat Tham Pla Chiang Rai
Wat Tham Pla Chiang Rai

If you aren’t scared of the dark and would like a walk into the unknown, the natural caves of Chiang Rai are exciting. The Fish Cave/ Monkey temple sits inside a cave. Within this cave is a jewelled Buddha, the other side of which overlooks the much spoken about golden triangle – the meeting point of Thailand, Burma and Laos. There is also Tham Phra cave!

Wat Tham Pla Chiang Rai
Wat Tham Pla Chiang Rai
Wat Tham Phra Chiang Rai
Wat Tham Phra Chiang Rai

Cycle Away

Yes, this may sound boring, but it has more to offer than meets the eye. Apart from the leisurely cycling around the relatively flat city, you can also opt for an adventurous cycling tours. These will take you out to the far flung wilderness, dirt tracks, rickety bridges and rugged hill paths. These tours can also be overnight, and involve some sightseeing.

Cycling in Chiang Rai
Cycling in Chiang Rai
Cycling in Chiang Rai
Cycling in Chiang Rai

Golfing Glory

Chiang Rai has 2 championship golf courses, amidst the beautiful mountains and picturesque scenery. The lush green valleys provide the perfect view, and the course has a perfect balance of leisure and obstacles.

Golf in Chiang Rai
Golf in Chiang Rai

A Water Retreat

Chiang Rai Hot Spring
Chiang Rai Hot Spring

There are multiple hot springs in Chiang Rai, with the riverside dotted with with beautiful properties. A soak in a natural hot water pool is deeply relaxing. Don’t forget to notice people boiling eggs in the hot springs! For those of you who are in a more adventurous mood, get on board the bamboo rafting activity!

Chiang Rai Hot Spring
Chiang Rai Hot Spring

Through The Jungles

Jungle Trekking in Chiang Rai
Jungle Trekking in Chiang Rai

Owing to the plethora of wilderness in Chiang Rai, Jungle treks are very famous. You can trek through winding paths and trees, or also choose to explore jungles on an elephant back. There will be multiple waterfalls on your way! Most hotels and guest houses arrange these treks for their guests.

Chiang Rai Jungle Elephant Safari
Chiang Rai Jungle Elephant Safari

Waterfall Hikes

Khun Korn Waterfall Chiang Rai
Khun Korn Waterfall Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is also famous for its plunging waterfalls with gushing water in scenic surroundings. Some of these are within the national park, and some need you to hike up to them. [The hike if the adventurous highlight of the whole experience!] Some still pools give you a chance to shed those clothes and jump in as well!

Khun Korn Waterfall Chiang Rai
Khun Korn Waterfall Chiang Rai

Hill Tribes Await

Hill Tribe Chiang Rai
Hill Tribe Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is home to Thailand’s 6 biggest ethnic tribes. A visit to the city almost definitely includes a visit to the villages of these hill tribes. In some cases overnight stays can also be included. You get to learn about the livelihood and culture of these authentic ethnic tribal people, interact with them and also purchase some local handicrafts.

Hill Tribe Chiang Rai
Hill Tribe Chiang Rai

The Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle Chiang Rai
Golden Triangle Chiang Rai

By far one of the most mainstream tourist visits of Chiang Rai includes a visit to the golden triangle i.e. the meeting point of 3 countries, Thailand, Burma & Laos. You can visit the house of opium as well, because the area was famous for opium trade.

Golden Triangle Chiang Rai
Golden Triangle Chiang Rai

The White Temple Visit

White Temple Chiang Rai
White Temple Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun is also known as The White Temple due do its dazzling white color inlaid with mirrored glass. It is a contemporary, unconventional, privately owned, art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. The most important and well known areas in this temple are The Bridge of the Cycle of Rebirth and The Gate of Heaven. The entrance fee is low, and this temple is a must go to.

White Temple Chiang Rai
White Temple Chiang Rai

Other Attractions

Chiang Rai Night Bazar
Chiang Rai Night Bazar

Chiang Rai does have a Night Bazar and some nightlife to offer. There are also bars, pubs, massage parlours, etc. The clock tower is a famous point as well. However the city’s charm lies in its outdoorsy nature. You can explore its markets and restaurants as well, however for the real Chiang Rai experience stick to nature and its ways!

Chiang Rai Night Bazar
Chiang Rai Night Bazar
Chiang Rai Night Bazar
Chiang Rai Night Bazar

Pick Your Chiang Rai Hotel Right!

For a great experience at Chiang Rai, it is necessary that you pick your hotel right! Possibly one of the best stays shall greet you at Le Meridien. This is where Lanna architecture and Thai hospitality blend in to give you a memorable stay. Having been recommended and awarded by Thailand Tourism itself, Le Meridien offers multiple rooms and packages. You will be spoilt for choice in terms of cuisines and food!

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

With a fitness centre, pool, access to nearby cultural zones, planned trips and excursions, offers for events ranging from meetings to weddings and spas – Le Meredien ensures that you are well taken care of and get more than your money’s worth!

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort
Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

Chiang Rai awaits you with its adventure, thrill, serenity and beauty! Don’t wait any longer. Take the plunge of exploring the unexplored.

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