Chiang Rai Things to Do

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    Karen Village

    by shannsow Written May 16, 2014

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    Karen Village is a one part village from Chiang Rai,it was stay with Long neck woman and Long ears woman.Karen Village is look like cultural museum, because all woman are very gladly to let you have a photo with them,no charge.The second photo i uploaded is god from Karen Village history,they pray for peace.

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    Mekong River

    by solopes Updated May 13, 2014

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    The most significant moment in Chiang Rai was a boat ride along the Mekong river.

    Passing between Laos and Burma, closed countries at that time, provided a feeling of excitement, enhanced by some Laotian kids swimming in the muddy and dangerous waters to approach the boat, asking for something (coins, I presume).

    Feeling China in background (announced by several boats passing and anchored) the place is really a dramatic joint of nations, cultures and policies, in a luxurious landscape.

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    Golden Triangle Mekong River

    by shannsow Written May 12, 2014

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    The Golden Triangle is one of Asia's three main opium-producing areas,country is Thailand ,Myanmar and Laos.Middle of this three countries have an small island is plants full of illicit opium.
    Roaming one round at Mekong River, the sailer park a-side to the Laos border.Border of Laos is nothing special between the market, they full sale them local products as Thailand, but most popular goods in Laos Border is Strangy wine,like snake wine, insect wine and more.I try once for those wine,the taste is different and i don't like. [ yhew ]

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    Try Chinese Yunnanese Cuisine

    by north_thailander Updated Apr 12, 2014
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    Whilst in Mae Salong sample the fine Chinese Yunnanese cuisine offered by most restaurants in town. Typical dishes include mantou (Chinese steamed buns), chicken blackbone soup, pork leg, and sour vegetables. All washed down by the famous locally produced Oolong tea.

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    Thermal Water

    by solopes Updated Dec 19, 2013

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    Chiang Rai has many thermal springs, where water comes at high temperatures.

    In the way from Chiang Mai, it's possible to stop and see water and vapor springing from the soil, or the people boiling eggs in dug trenches.

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    outdoor rock climbing and zip lines near town

    by bombax Updated Mar 5, 2013

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    Just 3 Km nw of downtown Chiang Rai (northernmost Thailand), there's a wonderfull adventure park called Boomerang Park. Beautiful limestone cliffs bordering the property have been fixed with 'top-rope' anchors for climbing. Top quality equipment is available on-site for a modest fee. Beginners or experienced climbers - all are welcome, and guides are on-site. Over 2 dozen routes available - all skill levels. There are other challenging things to do there and nearby: zip lines, traverse climbing, slack-lines, a giant swing (Asia's largest, with 45 meter arc!) and caving. There are many as-yet unclimbed limestone crags in that NW quadrant of Chiang Rai, so the potential for climbing enthusiasts is immense, though many of the not-yet-climbed routes are vine-covered. Volunteers are welcome, with free lodging available.

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    Chiang Rai and Khun Korn Waterfalls

    by kharmencita Updated Jan 29, 2013

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    "Tak Mork Waterfalls" is the old name of "Khun Korn Waterfalls" which is 30 minutes away from the City center of Chiang Rai. Around 33 km away from the City. It is located within a thick forest of Natural Park in the Northern part of Thailand. Khun Korn Waterfalls is considered to be the highest Waterfalls in Chiang Rai with the height of 70 meters and is one of the most beloved tourist attractions in Chiang Rai. In this picture you see how my boyfriend took his ceremonial urge of taking a shower under every natural waterfalls. He enjoyed his day cooling off after a half hour day trek to this natural beauty while I was pleased taking great pictures with my camera.
    We saw some other people enjoying their picnic and there is also camping possibilities with facilities around the area. Small shopping stores are also available whenever someone likes to stay overnight or even stay few days if someone likes to spend his time to do some explorations within the mountain trails to see some wild birds and plants like Ferns and wild orchids that grow within this area. If you are a lover of nature don´t miss this opportunity to include this in your travel check list . You will never regret! ;-)

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    The Most Controversy Wat

    by limkahwan Written Jan 13, 2013

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    Before my visit to this contemporary wat in Chiang Rai I though this is just the normal wat, but I was totally wrong. This White Templeor Wat Rong Khun is more of art than spritual wat. That's why I say it a controversy Temple. You can even find pictures of superman, space craft, US President and so on....., nevertheless it is a very beautiful Temple with a very unique art done by Mr. Chalermchai Kositpipat, one of Thailand’s most renowned artists, who wanted to build a temple in white to signify the purity of Lord Buddha. The artist continues to puts his religious belief and desire to enrich Buddhism in Thailand into his contemporary art design. The construction of the White Temple is Khun Chalemchai’s master work, Wat Rong Khun is unique from other temples in that it has been constructed entirely in a radiant white color with sparking reflections from mirrored glass mosaics embedded in the white plaster. Wat Rong Khun still in progress and it may take another few years to finished. It is planned to comprise nine buildings including the ubosot, pagoda, hermitage, crematorium, monastery hall, preaching hall, museum, pavilion, to be built on an area of 7 rai (about 3 acres). if you have the chance to visit, remember to use the wash room which is in golden color, it is so unique and clean and a public toilet you do not have to pay and yet so...so...clean and beautiful.

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    The White Temple

    by theo1006 Updated Sep 3, 2012
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    The White Temple, or Wat Rong Khun, is a new construction, built by artist and teacher Ajarn Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. In its colour and other respects it is the antithesis of The Black House. Whereas the creator of the Black House professes to be an atheist, mr Kositpipat is a firm devotee of Buddhism. But similar are the facts that both projects are never finished, constantly being added upon. And for both admission is free.
    The White Temple is much more popular among the Thai. Even on an ordinary day there were many visitors, whereas we found the grounds of the Black House almost deserted.
    Near the entrance of the White Temple is a lifesize cardboard statue of the founder, with which one can pose for a picture. Some highlights are the Sea of Hands and the (free) Golden Restrooms. The decorations inside the temple are amazing, but taking pictures of these is considered unrespectful.

    Hours: Daily from 8am to 6pm.

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    WAT RONG KHUN (White Temple)

    by balhannah Updated Mar 6, 2011

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    Wat Rong Khun

    This Temple takes your breath away when you first see it, it is BEAUTIFUL!

    It's a modern Temple that was designed and built by artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat started quite rescently in 1998, so it is not old.

    THE ARTIST SAID..... "It is my strong intention to build a temple in imitation of heaven. I wanted it to be a heaven on earth."
    Wat Rong Khun is unique from other temples as it is white in colour. Combine the white with glass mosaics and this Temple sparkles!
    The construction of the White Temple is Khun Chalemchai’s master work, which he refers to as an offering to Lord Buddha and his beloved country.

    There is a beautiful white ordination hall which is decorated with silver glittering pieces of mirrors. Then there are large mural paintings of the Lord Buddha in different gestures and the decorated leaf-shaped gable-edging – in the shapes of Phya Naga, dragon and mythical creatures, which are entirely made of white stucco.
    There is a Viharn, a small hall for recitation surrounding the ordination hall, museum and reception pavilion.

    There are still more buildings to be built, its estimated to be 50 - 60 years, before it is completely finished.

    The gallery exhibits paintings. You can also buy a book with nice photos and history of the Temple, plus the usual T-shirts and other souvenirs.
    This money goes towards the fund for building the temple.

    I was there on a stormy day, and I really think the White Temple stood out more with the dark skies behind it.

    OPEN DAILY 8.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
    Tel: 0 5367 3579

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    The Black House

    by theo1006 Updated Oct 10, 2010

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    The Black House, alias Baan Si Dum, alias the Baandum Museum is not on the itinery of most tours. We just happened to read a Time article in the White Temple souvenir shop that referred also to the Black House, and asked our driver to take us there.

    If you see the one, you should see the other. The Black House is in many respects the perfect opposite of the White Temple:
    - both are private projects of wealthy Thai citizens;
    - both owners are continuously adding to their project, no end in sight when it will be finished;
    - as the names suggest, the colour of the White Temple is predominantly white, that of the Black House pedominantly black;
    - the White Temple lies some distance south of Chiang Rai, the Black House a few km to the north;
    - the owner of the White Temple is a devout Buddhist and the temple an expression of his devotion, whereas the owner of the Black House professes to be non-religious and has been accused of blaspheming Buddhism.

    The Black House is not just one house, but an estate with numerous buildings, big and small, mostly of wood and mostly black. A few of them are locked, but most are open and freely accessable. They contain many curious objects, among them many buffalo horns, animal skins and bones, shells, wood-carvings and benches shaped from one piece of wood.

    The estate is owned by famous Thai artist Thawan Duchanee, born in 1939, who studied art in the Netherlands. His grotesque and erotic paintings have been exhibited in may countries and evidently made him a well-to-do man. A short biography of Thawan Duchanee can be read here .

    The pictures with this tip are of the exterior of several buildings.
    For pics of the interiors, see our travelogue.
    For more pics see the website below.

    Admission to the 'museum' is free. Adjacent to the parking is a shouvenir shop, where there are also paintings of the artist for sale - not cheap!

    Open: 9am to 5 pm. Groups by arrangement, call: 08-9767-4444 or 05-370-5834.

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    Oub Kham Museum

    by theo1006 Updated Oct 5, 2010
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    Another private museum. But unlike mr Paithun who established his boat museum in Ayuthaya through a lifetime of hard work, the founder of the Oub Kham Museum - Khun Julasak  Suriyachai - seems to have the money and leasure to travel and collect pieces for his museum from all over South-East Asia.

    The theme of the museum is Lanna culture, the kingdom that existed in Northern Thailand and beyond its present borders from 1292 to 1774. Mr Julasak Suriyachai is descendant of a Lanna dynasty and has done a formidable job in gathering unique artifacts that might otherwise have been lost. Among these are an elaborately decorated throne moved here from Birma, and a golden bowl used by the royals, the 'Oub Kham'. There is a room full of tribal costumes, and an artificial cave with Buddha images.

    The compound counts several pavilions, inside which one is not allowed to roam alone or take pictures. The compulsory guide knew her story in English by heart, yet was still enthusiastically telling it. So we can only show some photos from outside the pavilions, for pics of the collection we refer to the website (mainly in Thai).

    Open: Daily 9 am to 5 pm
    Admission: Adults THB 300, children THB 100.

    Address: 81/1 Military Front Road Tambon Robwiang, Muang district, Chiang Rai 57000
    Directions: 3 km south of the town centre, best take a tuk-tuk.

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    A most unusual place of worship.

    by planxty Written Jan 27, 2010

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    In my travels I have been in literally thousands of churches, mosques, temples, gurdwaras, synagogues etc. but Wat Rong Khun is really the most unusual of them all. It has little history, having only been started in 1999 and is the brainchild of a famous Thai artist called Chalermchai Kositpipat. His style is a mix of traditional Thai styles mixed with sort of comic book fantasy art and he has carried this style into the temple complex which is pretty big.

    The central wat (temple) has the most beautiful murals on the wall but they are really strange for a Buddhist holy place. Religious images are interspersed with things like spaceships, nuclear bombs, wristwatches, the bombing of the Twin Towers and perhaps most bizarrely the central character from the film The Matrix. I really am at a loss to describe this place to you. I will try to post a few photos of the outside which is impressive enough although photography is not allowed inside so you will have to take my word for the murals.

    Despite what I have written elsewhere about only posting one photo per tip until I get home, I will post a few here to give you some idea of just how unusual the whole place is. th slightly ghoulish image of the hands is where the bridge goes over them leading ot the wat, apparently symbolising man's path through human misery until he attains Nirvana. The rest of them, I think speak for themselves, including the one showing you the painstaking work involved in constructiong such a place. It is estimated it will take until 2070 to complete, and having seen the amount of work, I can well believe it.

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    A magnificent waterfall.

    by planxty Written Jan 27, 2010

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    A magnificent waterfall.

    OK, I have to start this tip off with an apology. Due to reasons far too boring to go into here, I was without my camera for a couple of days, so the photo attached is merely of the sign leading to the Khun Kon waterfall. Frankly, when I recovered my camera, I didn't fancy the long hot walk back up just to take a photo. You will have to take my word for how wonderful the fall was, even in the relatively dry season of December.

    I hadn't actually intended to visit the fall but I was out on my hired scooter and saw the sign so, always curious, I decided to take a run up there. I owuld suggest the road is not great for novice riders and you may be better taking a tuk-tuk if you are not sure of yourself on a bike. For people who hqve ridden before it presents no major problems. Most tuk-tuk drivers will negotiate a price for this in association with wat Rong Khun (see seperate tip) so let them take the strain.

    There is a small admission charge and you park your vehicle, then begin the 1600 metre trek to the fall itself. I did it in sandals (flip-flops / thongs) although I would not advise this, training shoes at least would be a better option as the path, whilst well-defined, is a little tricky in parts. There are helpful signs every 200 metres charting your progress, and you can't really lose your way. I visited at the weekend and it seemed to be a popular spot for youngsters to spend the afternoon. It is indeed very pretty (again apologies ofr the lack of visual proof) and I would recommend a visit here. I would think it must be quite some sight in the wet season although I do not know what access would be like then.

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    Golden Triangle Tour

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 28, 2009

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    Unlike Chiang Mai where there's dozens of tour agents offering tours, it became apparent to me when I walked around Chiang Rai that tour agents were a bit thin on the ground. I only found a few and the cheapest I found to do a Golden Triangle Tour was a place opposite the Chiang Rai First Church called Four Lens Tours. The tour cost me 1200 baht which I thought was still too much but then I had been quoted 1600 baht at another place and silly prices elsewhere as I was on my own. Luckily for me, 2 other people were booked on the same tour which helped with the price.

    The tour started with the tour company picking me up from my hotel in a nice Ford 4x4. We then headed off to pick up the other 2 people on my tour and headed north to Doi Tung where we visited the lovely Mae Fah Luang Garden which is part of a royal villa that was the final home of the Princess Mother (mother of King Rama IX). We then visited the Wat Tham Pla which is also known as the Monkey Cave Temple. As its name suggests, it's home to several cheeky unpredictable monkeys that came up to us for food. The temple itself was fairly good with a very old looking laterite chedi.

    Next it was up to Mae Sai on the Thai/Burma border which we crossed over into the Burmese town of Tachileik on a 24hr permit which cost us an additional US$10. The permit was just a stamp in the passport and we visited a market selling all kinds of things. It was all very chaotic with lots of people trying to sell us cigarettes, Viagra, flip-knifes etc. I didn't buy anything and thought it was a waste of time and money but then it was Burma and it is a hard country to get in to. We then crossed back over the border back into the relative calm of Thailand and had a lunch buffet which was included in the price, which was fairly good.

    After lunch, we got back into the car and made our way to the Golden Triangle town of Sop Ruak where we had our photos taken standing in front of where the two rivers join. We then visited a museum about the opium trade that took place in the area. The museum was very good and we spent quite a while looking around. Next up it was a short drive to Chiang Saen which is further down on the Mekong River. Here we visited an old temple called Wat Chedi Luang before we headed back to Chiang Rai. The tour was OK but nothing special and a bit expensive but if you have more time, then it's probably best to try and visit places by your own means or by public transport.

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