Thing to do in Chiang Rai

Natural Attractions

Choui Fong Tea Plantation

High quality tea manufacturer for half a century with a plantation area of over 1,000 rais in the mountains. Visitors to the Choui Fong Tea Plantation can see firsthand how tea is grown. Neat rows of tea trees cascade down a hillside, where workers can be seen carefully picking the leaves by hand. Next door to the plantation building is a cafe and shop, where you can sample teas and treats with stunning views overlooking the plantation or purchase teas or tea-themed souvenirs to take home. More information

Doi Tung Royal Village & Mae Fah Luang Garden

The landscaped gardens are sited high up on the mountain of Doi Tung and visitors are rewarded with a stunning display of plants and flowers. Set in over 10 acres of land, the ornamental gardens owe their existence to the Princess Mother. More information

Doi Tung Tree Top Walk

The Doi Tung Tree Top Walk is the latest activity to match the modern-day trendy and wandering lifestyle. Explorers can experience a 295-meter long walkway among the trees of the Mae Fah Luang Garden at 30 meters above the ground. More information

Doi Mae Salong

Set in the picturesque and serene hill, Doi Mae Salong was once the community of Santi Khiri, the Chinese 93rd Divisions who escaped from the political tension in Burma in 1961. Today, Doi Mae Salong has become one of the main tourist attractions in Chiang Rai, offering the succulent native Chinese cuisine, lovely houses with flowers and many plantations from fruits to coffee and tea while there are still many tribes living there. More information

Temples and Historic Sites

Wat Phra That Doi Thong

This ancient hilltop pagoda overlooks the Mae Kok River and predates the founding of Chiang Rai as the capital of Lanna Thai. It is a very important place of pilgrimage, and at the beginning of March tens of thousands converge to pray at the temple. The summit offers a superb panorama over the countryside, and it is well worth driving there just to see the view. This northernmost Thai mountain is also home to several other scenic spots, including the Princess Mother's Royal Palace-Doi Tung Royal Villa<, the Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens, and several hill tribe villages. More information

Baandam Museum (Black house)

Baan Dam (Black House) is the unique creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. Part art studio, part museum, part home, Baan Dam is an eclectic mix of traditional northern Thai buildings interspersed with some outlandish modern designs. Each building displays works of art to admire and clearly demonstrate the identity of A. Thawan such as buffalo horns art work, animal bones, tiger and snake skin, beautiful woodwork carving, and ornate stucco art work. More information

Hall of Opium and Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle: infamous worldwide for its poppy fields, drug smugglers, and opium warlords. The exhibition was designed to be fun and captivating, entertaining while providing information. Here visitors learn about the 5,000-year history of opium: how it was a drug to treat illnesses, how its use spread throughout the world, how imperialist expansion used opium in the economic colonization and control of China, and how it eventually came to dominate in the Golden Triangle and now in Afghanistan. Visitors also learn about current issues of addiction and illegal drugs, efforts to control drugs, and the impacts of drug abuse and addiction. More information More information

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)

Perhaps the most unique temple in the Kingdom of Thailand, the White Temple was born from the devotion of National Artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. A deeply devout Buddhist famed primarily for his religious-themed paintings, Chalermchai began the White Temple in 1997. Wat Rong Khun however is no traditional temple. Chalermchai re-imagines Thai art for the modern world. As you move through the temple grounds, you find yourself in the artist’s surreal vision of Buddhist teachings. Superheroes, movie stars and cartoons make their entrance into temple murals depicting traditional Buddhist motifs. Fantastical sculptures and architecture cover the landscape. More information

Wat Phra Kaew

This temple is where the original Emerald Buddha, which is now housed in the Grand Palace, in Bangkok, was discovered in 1354. Now it houses a beautiful jade replica of the original Buddha image, which was made to commemorate the 90th birthday of the late Princess Mother. More information

Wat Phra Sing

This temple is a fine example of Lanna Thai architecture. The famous Phra Phuttha (Buddha) Sing image housed here is believed to have been built in 157 A.D., in Sri Lanka or Ceylon, and brought to Thailand during the Sukhothai period (1238-1438) More information

Wat Huay Pla Kung

A Buddhist monumental 9-stories chedi style temple, located in the Rimkok area, known for its spiritual design and its ornamental details. Residing in the temple is an outstanding crafted wooden statue of Guan-Im Bhodisatva; with a soothing surrounding, it’s a must visit place to relax and put yourself at ease on your vacation. More information

Rai Chern Tawan Meditation Center

A quiet retreat center about 20 kilometers southeast of Chiang Rai. Set between a lake and a low hill to the west, a garden with practice halls and bungalow or tent accommodation provides space for people to retreat and study Buddha dhamma, which is the truth as the Buddha taught. A place to relax and recharge, the center offers a chance for busy urban Thais and foreign visitors to take refuge so that they may study the internal processes that create the feelings and thoughts experienced in simple daily life. More information

Shopping and other places of interest

Mae Sai Border Market – 32 km

Mae Sai is Thailand’s northernmost town and is situated very close to Myanmar (Burma) being connected by a very short bridge visitors often pass through Mae Sai en route to Myanmar. If you love shopping and negotiating for some great bargains, then the market at Mae Sai is the place for you. As the town during the day time is basically one big open-air market where you can find many things, bags, clothes, souvenirs, etc.

Boon Rawd Farm (Singha Park) – 54 km

The farm is famous for its production of oolong tea and tours of the park provide visitors with the chance to see how the tea is grown and carefully picked. The park has also been sympathetically landscaped with trails, lakes and meadows all combining to make this an attractive destination for people in Chiang Rai.  Delight yourself with a great meal at Bhubhirom Restaurant, enjoy fun adventures with mountain biking, Zip lining, and wall climbing. Young children will enjoy the petting zoo most of all with the chance to feed the zebras and giraffes.  More information

Phu Chi Fah – 120 km

Phu Chi Fah, one of the highest peaks in Chiang Rai province and one of the most famous destinations uphill in Chiang Rai, especially during winter time, when visitors try to reach its cliff that offers spectacular views of the valley and sea of mist at sunrise. Phu Chi Fa is blessed with breathtaking views, abundant flowers of all colors, and cool weather most of the year. More information

Golf Courses

Waterford Valley, Chiang Rai

This beautiful course is situated in one of the loveliest areas of Thailand. The course from the back tees is just short of 7,000 yards. Altogether, there are five sets of tees at this eighteen-hole layout and players can be forgiven if they are distracted by the stunning background of mountainous scenery. There are eight OB holes, numerous water hazards and lovely flowers adorning the surroundings. More information

Santiburi Country Club

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., this course features a wide range of sloping lies and natural hazards. Surrounded by distant hills, the golf course is set on low hilly land. At holes 2, 3 and 4 the course runs alongside an impressive lake. Most greens are well protected by bunkers and there are several very good dog-leg holes, particularly the par-5 eighteenth, where players have to negotiate water on the right side of the fairway, on their approach shot to the green. More information

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