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Chiang Rai

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About Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is the largest city in Northern Thailand, located at the junction of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar, about 900 kilometers from the capital of Bangkok. The city of Chiang Rai was founded in 1262 by King Mangrai, for whom the city was named. Chiang Rai is a quiet, simple town with beautiful green trees and natural scenery. It is the gateway to the Daen Lao Mountain Range and the borders of Myanmar and Laos, also known as the Golden Triangle where all three countries meet. The area is home to pristine mountain villages, the beautiful Mekong River, as well as the world-famous White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) and Black Temple (Baan Dam).

Popular Attractions in Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun
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Temple
Located in Chiang Rai County in northern Thailand, Wat Rong Khun is renowned for its stunning appearance. The Wat Rong KhunWat Rong Khun has a plain white base with silver mirror edges. From a distance, this snowy white temple shimmers. The temple looks particularly holy under the reflection of the blue sky and white clouds and the pool in front of the temple. Initially, you can see on the front side of the stone bridge that there are countless outstretched hands resembling the hands of people in purgatory. After crossing the bridge, you reach the main hall of the Buddhist temple. You can pray here faithfully. The whole meaning is that you have traveled from hell to heaven.
Baan Dam
4.5/5
672 Reviews
Museum
Black House, or Baan Dam, was designed and built by contemporary Thai artist Thawan Duchanee over a period of 36 years. Black House is a collection of 40 buildings featuring a number of exhibits related to death and hell, combined with animal bones, hunting tools, antiques and specimens of primitive man, all integrated into various works of modern art. Baan Dam is the complete opposite of the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), a visit to each offering interpretations of heaven and hell, a contrast of good and evil. Some exhibits are still considered controversial.
Wat Phra Kaew
4.5/5
72 Reviews
Temple
Situated at the northeast end of the Grand Palace of Bangkok, Wat Phra Kaew is a frequent destination for tourists from Thailand. After entering the temple, you can see some statues wearing war suits. These statues are Yaksha. They are guards that protect the Wat Phra Kaew from infringement. The jade Buddha is made of a piece of jade, protected by a glass cover, with a multi-layered canopy and a high base.
Wat Rong Suea Ten
4.6/5
141 Reviews
Temple
The Blue Temple was designed and presided over by the apprentice of Mr. Xu Longcai, the owner of the White Temple. The whole temple is a blue and elegant style. It follows the gorgeous mood of the White Temple and is inlaid with various gorgeous golden patterns, complemented by purple, light blue and white. , red and other embellishments, plus special lighting effects, dazzling, giving a beautiful and quiet beauty.

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Chiang Rai is located near the junction of the borders between Thailand, Burma and Laos, and is about a 2-hour drive from Chiang Mai. It has many interesting scenic spots, such as Wat Rong Khun, Baan Si Dam, Chinese Village Mae Salong, and the Chiang Rai Night Market, etc. It is a great place to enjoy beauty and tranquility.
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Here are the best places to visit in Chiang Rai, including: Wat Rong Suea Ten, Long Neck Village, Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, Mae Fah Luang Art & Cultural Park, Singha Park.