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!
Fritzjames Stephen is a travel writer, who writes content based on the myriad of experiences and indulgences that the world has to offer travellers across all walks of life.