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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
4.7/5
1,390 Reviews
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.
Golden Triangle
4.2/5
172 Reviews
Other Leisure Places
At the joining of the Mekong and Ruak rivers, you can find the Golden Triangle, where the nations of Laos, Myanmar and Thailand border one another. Here, you can find a number of local craft and souvenir vendors who line the streets because the area has grown in popularity. You may find that the Golden Triangle offers you the perfect place to stage your exploration of three different countries. However, you should not miss out on the gorgeous natural scenery in the nearby area as well as the many nearby temples and other historical attractions.
Baan Dam
4.5/5
753 Reviews
Exhibition Hall
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.
Long Neck Village
4.3/5
232 Reviews
Folk Village
The Long Neck Village is located in the northern part of Thailand. Among them, the villagers’ long-necked ethnic group is one of the ethnic minorities on the Thai-Myanmar border. They settled in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand to escape the war. The long neck is a branch of the Karen and is called the Batang in Thailand. The Batang girls are not only hospitable, but also very cute. From the age of five, the Ba Dang girl must wear a copper ring to raise the neck, and then raise it every two years until she is 25 years old.

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Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, White temple & Golden triangle
3.3/5
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FromUS$47.50
Balloon Chiang Rai-Soft Adventure and Nature Touch Activity
FromUS$384.50
One Day Tour Chiang Rai, White Temple , Blue Temple, Black House (Private Tour)
FromUS$122.90

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Delicious Thai food! Eight authentic Thai dishes must not be missed
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Recommendation of 5 Must-Visit Major Scenic Areas in Chiang Rai
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Chiang Rai
Located at the junction of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos, Chiang Rai is about 2 hours' drive from Chiang Mai. It attracts many tourists to its scenic areas, Wat Rong Khun, Baan Dam, and Long Neck Village. Generally speaking, tourists usually join a one-day tour of Chiang Rai starting from Chiang Mai, and can easily visit its important scenic areas.
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Chiang Rai
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.