Chiang Rai Travel Guide

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Chiang Rai Things to Do

  • Wat Rong Khun White Temple

    Wat Rong Khun White Temple more well-known among foreigners as the White Temple, is a contemporary unconventional Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.

  • Karen Village

    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.

  • Mekong River

    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...

  • Golden Triangle Mekong River

    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...

  • Try Chinese Yunnanese Cuisine

    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.

  • Thermal Water

    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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Chiang Rai Restaurants

  • Not worht the price

    We just ate at this restaurant and I had to write a review right away. The food was not great, the service was worse. I had to speak to 4 different people to even pay our bill. Even our waitress tried to seat us when I went to the front of the restaurant to pay. The food is way way overpriced. We had three small dishes and two soda for 655...

  • Best Coffe Of Thailand

    In this coffehouse, you think, that you are in Vienna. Excellent Cappucino and fine bakery.Most guests are Thai people. Good atmosphere and free internet. I always take the Cappucino. Much better, than in the big coffe shops.

  • Ah, cold beer and the Cat

    Smiling, helpful and friendly service starting from outside and continuing whole of you stay. It's a music bar we didn't see live music but the sounds were smooth and not laud. Next time I check the live part, it might start 10:30pm but don't be disappointed if not, check in advance.(Cat doesn't mean any cat or girls, you can relax.) A you see,...


Chiang Rai Nightlife

  • not just food but music too at the Night...

    There's not much in the way of night life in Chiang Rai in the evenings a lot of people head to the night market . It was good food ....and it's pretty cheap. And as a bonus there's music. Lots to see and buy and a large variety of handicrafts. opens daily after sundown. It can be found between the bus station and Pahonyothin Road.

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    In Chiang Rai the market is much smaller and less touristy than its larger counterpart in Chiang Mai - meaning it's much harder to bargain - prices are quite fair anyway. There are three stages with shows of traditional dance and music - for free but not very good - and a huge food court and market. Yuu just buy something from a food stall and then...

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Chiang Rai Transportation

  • Travelling to Chiang Rai

    You can travel by both on road and fly-in. From Bangkok, catch a bus at Mo Chit Bus Station, near Jatujak weekend market. I recommend the VIP (24-seat) buses, very comfy and reliable. There are several operators, but the most famous one is Siam First Tour. The bus leaves at 5-6-7-8 p.m. expect to pay around 800 Baht - travel time 12+ hours.

  • Government VIP bus

    The government's VIP bus is a great way to travel between Chiang Rai and Bangkok. It cost about 900B, and it's better to reserve the ticket at least the day before, so you can get a better seat. The seats are recliners that can allow you to almost lie down. And there is plenty of leg room (if you are not tall). Food and drinks are served on board,...

  • Bus transport.

    I am quite convinced, and I have mentioned it in other tips, that the siting of new bus stations in Thailand is conducted by the so-called tuk-tuk mafia. I can think of no other reason why they are situated in such inaccesible spots far out of town other than to provide a captive audience for the drivers. There are two bus stations in Chiang Rai,...


Chiang Rai Shopping

  • The best I found in Thailand

    The night market in Chiang Rai was the best I came across in Thailand and is located between the bus station and Phaholyothin Road in the centre of town. The market consists of many small stands lining the narrow street running between Phaholyothin Road and the bus station and the stalls surround an open air food court. The hill tribes sell an...

  • the ubiquitious big C

    the big C department store/hypermart is found everywhere in Thailand, and sells practically everything from food to clothes.

  • Wine Sellers

    A few kilometer before reaching Mae Sai, there are numerous stall that are colourfully decorated with its wine for sale... Manned by young and pretty country lass, you will not miss them... You can stop by any of the stalls and taste its wine (yes, there is free tasting)... with no obligation to purchase... CEI is famous for its fruit wine.. such...


Chiang Rai Local Customs

  • Do's & Don'ts when visiting hilltribe...

    With such demand to see the hill tribes, visits to hill tribe villages and hill tribe treks have become a money making business giving rise to many ethical questions over how this is being carried out. There are concerns about the impact of tourism to villages, erosion of local culture and the environment and whether the villagers are getting a...

  • Rice is life

    One of the best points in the trip inland to visit Chiang Rai is the opportunity to watch true rural life. People and animals struggle in hard conditions to produce rice, the main support to life. And the passing by tourists feel part of another world...

  • Local market

    I love walking around local markets and this one is located to the north of the clock tower and worthy of a visit to see everyday Thai life. It was one of the best I saw in Thailand.Between Th Utarakit & Th Thanalai along Th Suksathit.


Chiang Rai Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch where you walk !

    There are places all over Asia where streets are not very good conditions and street lights are far apart . Suddenly there might be these kind of deep ditches. So watch where you step !

  • fast boats around the Golden Triangle

    There are - officially at least - fast boats and slow boats trips around the Golden Triagnle area. Fast boats "fly" on the river at 50 miles per hour... it doesn't seem to fast but the noise is deafening and accidents are not the exception. They are quite expensive, too. On the other hand, the rumoured "safer" slow boats were nowhere to be found.....

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Chiang Rai Tourist Traps


    I visited here as a part of my tour to the Golden Triangle from Chiang Mai.This place was a real disappointment, especially as I have been to Rotarua in New Zealand, and Yellowstone in America.What you see in my photo, is all there is, other than lots and lots of souvenir shops!So, if you have seen Hot Springs before, DON'T BOTHER COMING HERE!!!

  • On Tour TRIBAL VISIT.....AKHA & YAO...

    ON the tour I did, was included a visit to the Akha & Yao tribes, something I was looking forward too!You head out through the open fields on the backroads to reach here, so you would expect to see a village.... but NO........... THERE WAS NOT A VILLAGE..................ONLY SOUVENIR STALLS, WITH THE LADIES DRESSED IN TRADITIONAL...

  • Port Wine

    Now:You are Portuguese.You arrive to "the end of the world", in the Golden Triangle, sit at the restaurant for a drink, browse the list and find - Port Wine.I don't use to drink Port wine quite often, but, in that place, it was mandatory. I ordered it."Sorry sir, it's finished!"Damn!Coca Cola - never!Water...


Chiang Rai What to Pack

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    by yipsufen Updated Jan 2, 2008

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    Miscellaneous: Sweets, candies, chocolates, jellies, toys, crayons, stickers, etc. If you have excess of these items, bring & distribute to them. They will feel happy & appreciate your kindness. Therefore, the small kids here are usually very friendly to tourists and are willing to take photo with you.

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Chiang Rai Off The Beaten Path

  • Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai - The Scenic...

    Unlike the route offered by most tour companies which goes straight from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai this 3day/2night tour allows you explore the non-tourist and authentic parts of Chiang Rai.You will come away feeling like you have been immersed in all Chiang Rai has to offer, from visits to hilltribe villages, stunning scenery, views of the...

  • Rice planting

    Along the planes bordering Mekong river, men and buffaloes join efforts in rice production. It's a hard work, done in dangerous waters and climate, but it provides some spectacular sights and photos, of the real life of rural people.

  • Eastern Shan State, Burma - DIY Tour

    If you want a real adventure, I can recommend travelling across the border at Maesai into Tachleik on the Burma side. Take a taxi or bus to Kengtong (162kms) and Monglar (260kms) on the Chinese border. I have done this trip about 15 times now but, I do live in Maesai (see website below).I have travelled extensively over the last 8 years in Asia....


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    SOP RUAK, is the small town where you hop into your Tourist boat, and head up and down the Mekong River. Just near the Town, is an unusual looking Temple, shaped like a Boat. You are told details about it (I since have forgotten) and can't find out info on it! They point out the water line on the edge of the building showing that the River does get...

  • Thai visa run from Chiang Rai

    It's faster, cheaper, and easier just to go by bus to Mae Sai and cross over into Myanmar/Burma at Tachilek. You'll get a day pass for U$5 (or maybe it's U$10) and you can turn around again back into Thailand but you'll only get 15 days when re-entering Thailand by land. No need for a Myanmar visa and far cheaper than crossing into Laos at Chiang...

  • Small pineapples

    Chiang Rai pineapples are small. Sweet and a bit souer. It's very tasty and you can find it offered in every restaurant. They were carved in shape of heart or butterfly. Very lovely.


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