Built in 1262, Chiang Rai was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom in the 13th century. It is now the capital of the northernmost part of Thailand. It is about 785 kilometers from Bangkok and covers an area of 11,678 square kilometers. It is located at an altitude of 580 meters above sea level. Its northeast and north are adjacent to Myanmar and Laos.
Chiang Rai is a quiet and simple city with shady trees and beautiful scenery. It is the gateway to the northern mountains and the borders of Myanmar and Laos. The pristine mountain, villages, the romantic Mekong River and the mysterious Golden Triangle form the main scenery of Chiang Rai.
Top 5 must-see attractions in Chiang Rai:
Wat Rong Khun
It is the life-saving work of Thai architects, and a lot of people come to Chiang Rai just for taking a look at the white unparalleled architecture.
It has collected a large number of exhibits about death, and blend animal bones from ancient times and primitive hunting tools into various artworks.
It is located in the triangle of the border areas of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos in Southeast Asia, and was once a world-famous drug producing place and is now a tourist attraction.
It is a farm and a park, or a zoo. There are cute animals, beautiful flowers and plants, as well as growing fields of a variety of vegetable and fruit.
Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai
It is a gorgeous and exquisite temple and is also one of the famous royal temples. And it is dedicated to worshiping the Jade Buddha that once in the Jade Buddha Temple in Bangkok.
Best places for shopping in Chiang Rai:
In Chiang Rai, you can also enjoy the night market like you are in Chiang Mai, and because it is not a popular tourist destination, there are fewer foreigners in the night market, and you can experience the pure local market. In the night market, you can find specialty handicrafts, Thai snacks, clothing and other goods, and even local products in northern Thailand. If you want to pick a good-quality souvenir, you can find it near the Chiang Rai bus station. The Night Bazaar, Saturday Walking Street, Central Plaza Chiangrai, Big C Super Market, etc. are best places for you to go shopping in Chiang Rai.
Nightlife in Chiang Rai:
For nightlife in Chiang Roi, you can go to the bars there. And the Cat Bar and Kaffee Hub are your best choices.
Cat Bar: Since its opening in 1995, this lively bar has been known for its personal performance by Sam. Every night after 22:30, the boss rocked his guitar here, and he also welcomes guests to join him for fun. There is also a pool table in the bar for guests to enjoy.
Kaffee Hub: This bar, influenced by the attic villa building, is a very comfortable place to relax. It is located in a three-story building with a view of the clock tower. The first floor is decorated like a cafe with a low table and teak chairs. On the second floor it is the bar and lounge, where you can have a few cups of cocktails on the balcony and watch the people downstairs coming and leaving.
Restaurants to enjoy delicious local food in Chiang Rai:
Although Chiang Rai is a small city in northern Thailand, there are many dining options here for you to choose from. If you want to taste authentic Thai food, especially Thai Northern cuisine, you can enjoy the taste of authentic Thai cuisine by looking for a roadside restaurant. It is not difficult to find an authentic Western restaurant in Chiang Rai because many Europeans and Americans who like peace and tranquility settle here and operate tourism-related industries. Chivit Thamma Da Coffee House, Destiny Cafe & Restaurant, Cabbages & Condoms, etc. are great recommendations for you if you are looking for restaurants in Chiang Rai.
This is Chiang Rai, a quiet but beautiful city in Thailand. If you like it, just have a visit there now.