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Chiang Rai Travel Guide

Located in the heart of northern Thailand, Chiang Rai province is a treasure trove of cultural wonders and natural beauty. Bordering Shan State in Myanmar, Laos and China, it offers a unique blend of ancient traditions seamlessly woven into modern life. While the Golden Triangle has historically been associated with the opium trade, today’s Chiang Rai is better known for its stunning temples, verdant landscapes and the warmth of its people.

Chiang Rai Province

First Time in Chiang Rai?

For first-time visitors, Chiang Rai can be an overwhelming mix of sights and sounds. Here is a brief guide to help you find your way around:

Top Things To Do in Chiang Rai

white temple chiang rai thailand

From temple hopping to exploring local markets, there’s no shortage of things to do here.

Things To Do in Chiang Rai at Night

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Experience the vibrant night markets, cultural shows and local restaurants that come alive at sunset

Top 4 Chiang Rai Temples

Dive deep into the spiritual heart of Chiang Rai with these iconic temples.

Temple in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is known for its unique temples, each of which tells its own story:

White Temple / Wat Rong Khun

wat rong khun entrance

A modern, unconventional temple that is a visual masterpiece.

The Black House / Baan Dam

black house (baan dam) in chiang rai

An art studio, museum and home of the late artist Thawan Duchanee.

The Blue Temple / Wat Rong Suea Ten

A modern temple that stands out for its bright blue interior.

Wat Huay Pla Kang Chiang Rai

Known for its large Buddha statue and panoramic view.


Beyond temples, Chiang Rai boasts of a plethora of attractions:

Golden Triangle Thailand

Golden Triangle Chiang Rai

The historic point where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar meet.

Hall of Opium Museum

Hall of Opium and House of Opium

Delve into the dark history of opium trade in the region.

Doi Tung Palace

Doi Tung Palace Garden

Once the royal villa, it’s now a testament to the Princess Mother’s dedication to reforestation.

Mae Sai Market

Mae Sai Market Products

A bustling market on the Thai-Myanmar border.

Mae Sai Border

Mae Sai Border Truck

The northernmost point of Thailand.

Choui Fong Tea Plantation

Phu Chi Fa View

Experience tea cultivation amidst scenic beauty.

Singha Park Chiang Rai

Singha Park Chiang Rai (Boon Rawd Farm)

A vast park with tea plantations, farms, and adventure activities.

Phu Chi Fah

A mountain area known for its sea of mist.

Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong

A hill tribe village with a rich history.

Doi Nang Non Mountain

Doi Nang Non Mountain Arial View

Known for its unique landscape and the 2018 cave rescue incident.

Chiang Rai Clock Tower

Chiang Rai Clock Tower Gloden day time

A stunning landmark designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, famous for its nightly light shows that illuminate the city center with vibrant colors.

Need inspiration for your Chiang Rai Trip?

Whether you’re a solo traveler or with a group, Chiang Rai has something for everyone: