Top Things to Do in Chiang Rai

The Main Attractions of the Lesser-Known but Amazing Northern City

Nestled within the mountain ranges in Thailand’s North, Chiang Rai is often overlooked which is a shame because this tiny city has a lot packed in terms of heritage sites, natural attractions and a culture so vibrant that you’ll get lost in all its colourful delights.

Meet The Gentle Giants

Elephant tourism is one of Chiang Rai’s biggest attractions. However, if you’re worried about the wellbeing of the elephants, you can visit places that practice ethical elephant tourism like the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. Not only do they provide good accommodation among Chiang Saen hotels, but they also provide a home for 20 elephants and their mahout communities. The elephants here have been rescued from unpleasant situations and have been provided with a comfortable home. Knowing that these majestic creatures are well taken care of you’ll feel good and have fun at the same time!

Visit the Temple that’s Terrifying and Beautiful at the Same Time!

The Wat Rong Khun is no ordinary temple. Also called the “White Temple” for its pristine white color which represents Buddha’s purity, the Wat Rong Khun is pretty unconventional. Why? Well for starters, you need to first cross the bridge of “the cycle of rebirth” in front of which are hundreds of reaching hands which will drag you to hell! (At least that’s what it looks like). Next up is the “Gate of Heaven”, then the Ubosot and finally “The Golden Building”.

Shop at Chiang Rai’s Night Market

Want to get some cool souvenirs for the folks back home? Head over to Chiang Rai’s Night Market. Here you will find a spectacular range of arts and crafts made by the hill-tribe people who are famous for their creations. Shop intricately-carved masks, antique bags, handmade traditional Thai dolls and beautiful hill-tribe silver earrings. The Night Market is also a great place to experience the city’s street food.

Gaze on Surreal Views From Phu Chi Fah

In Thai, “Phu” translated to “mountain”, “Chi” to “pointing to” and “Fah” to “the sky”. Therefore, Phu Chi Fah means the “mountain pointing to the sky”. Located within the Pa Mae Ing and Pa Mae Ngao National Forest Reserve, Phu Chi Fah presents spectacular views that are totally worth the climb!

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Hidden Paradise of Chiang Rai – The Mesmerising Secluded Wonder of Chiang Rai

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Chiang Rai is Thailand’s northernmost significant city, and a place filled with many spectacular attractions. The city itself was founded sometime in the 1200s and became the capital during the Mangrai Dynasty. The city is also the site of the famous Jade Buddha, which was uncovered during the 1400s when either an earthquake or a bolt of lightning split a stupa containing the statue, there are several accounts however on how the statue was discovered. If you’re visiting this renowned city there is many a hotel Chiang Rai has to offer such as the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort.

In Chiang Rai there exists a somewhat hidden place that is famous for its beauty and breath-taking sights. It is a renowned hill-top that offers unforgettable views of the Thai countryside as well as Laos. With sprawling green hills and misty mountains, people who have visited this place will claim their troubles simply evaporated once they arrived in what is known as Doi Pha Tang.

It will take you approximately two hours to reach Doi Pha Tang from Chiang Rai, since it is around a hundred-and-thirty kilometres away.

In addition to magnificent sights, you will also be able to experience some equally amazing cultures as well. Doi Pha Tang is home to the Yao, Hmong, and Chinese Haw minorities of Thailand. The Hmong people immigrated to Thailand seeking asylum after they were recruited by the CIA to battle in the Vietnam War as well as the first and second Indochina wars. The Yao people were rebels against the Ming Dynasty, and also have their own unique culture.

If you ever find yourself in Northern Thailand this is definitely one of the most essential places to visit since you will get to experience a whole range of things, from awe-inspiring sights to a exotic cultures. Doi Pha Tang is definitely a retreat like no other.

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King Mengrai the Great Monument in Chiang Rai – A Tribute to the Founder of Chiang Rai

Located in the northernmost end of Thailand is the city of Chiang Rai. This historic city is home to many cultural landmarks of Thailand, such as Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Phra Sing, and the Gate of Siam, as well as several other tourist attractions such as the famous Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, and the Boomerang Adventure Park. With hotels such as the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, a luxury hotel Chiang Rai, this city is without a doubt a great destination.

The city of Chiang Rai was founded in 1262, by King Mengrai the Great as the administrative capital of the powerful Lenna Kingdom that existed in northern Thailand circa the 13th Century. During this era, the city of Chiang Rai flourished, and many locals believe that the city’s success, even today, can be attributed to the foundation laid down by King Mengrai the Great. Therefore, in order to pay tribute to this great king, the King Mengrai the Great Monument was erected.

Located at the centre of the city, the King Mengrai the Great Monument is one of the most iconic and frequently visited sites in Chiang Rai. The monument comprises a bronze statue of King Mengrai the Great place upon a 3m tall block. The statue is a work of art, and depicts the great king clutching a sword with his left hand. The monument holds the ashes and relics of King Mengrai the Great, and thus many people consider the monument to be a site of reverence. As a sign of gratitude and appreciation towards the service of the king, many locals visit the monument and make offerings to the relics of the king. Thus, it common to see flowers, garlands, and other offerings at the monument. The King Mangrai the Great Monument is a symbol of the culture and history of Chiang Rai and is a cultural landmark of the city, thus, making it a must-visit landmark.

Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travelers.