Chiang Rai - White Temple

Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai Province has such a diversity of attractions that its capital is often overlooked. This small, delightful city is worth getting to know, however, with its relaxed atmosphere, good-value accommodation and great local food. It’s also the logical base from which to plan excursions to the more remote corners of the province or abroad. Founded by Phaya Mengrai in 1262 as part of the Lao–Thai Lanna kingdom, Chiang Rai (เชียงราย) didn’t become a Siamese territory until 1786 and a province until 1910.

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What people are saying about Chiang Rai

★★★★★ Very comfortable trip despite long distance

Thanks to our guide and driver who did everything to make our trip comfortable we felt absolutely relaxed, safe and welcomed , although 12 hours of trip may sound long in the first place. We are very grateful for all the warm welcome

★★★★★ Great trip and great guides but was a bit rushed.

Was a good trip and the guides and driver were excellent. The white Temple is a must visit. Although we enjoyed the trip we would have liked to have spent a bit more time at the White Temple as we only had 20 mins there which was not enough time to visit the gallery with the artists original paintings. It maybe worth thinking in the future to cut the boat trip and visit to Loas a miss.

★★★★★ Despite the long drive, a fabulous way to see the top end of Thailand

Our guide M, was very informative and certainly explained the day’s itinerary. Enough stops were provided for the toilet and refreshments if you wanted to. There was always cold water if you wanted it and a fresh face/hand wipe. The hot springs are not for swimming and just provide a chance to stretch and see eggs boiled from the natural hot springs. The white temple was very impressive and as we were leaving, the crowds began. Lunch was a nice stop and certainly enough food was provided. The Opium Museum was interesting but more time here would have been useful. The boat trip on the Mekong to the Golden Triangle was certainly interesting but the trip over to Laos where you walk around markets of the same over priced items, wasn’t needed. While it was interesting walking on Laos, the markets are a let down. This needs to be replaced with something else. The old pagoda on the way home was serene and a great finish as was the Amazon cofffee stop on the long drive back.