Top attractions in Chiang Rai

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Chiang Rai is one of the most attractive destinations in Thailand. This ancient city is home to many beautiful attractions. These are some places that you should not miss when travelling there.

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Wat Rong Khun

Wat Rong Khun (knows as the White Temple) represents for the most etherial of Buddhism. Although the temple was just established recently, it has attracted a large munber of tourists. This temple is also a collection of ingeniously architectural works.

You can visit the Rebellion – Rebith bridge and the Heaven Gate. Admirng the unique features of the layout and display of statues anf sculptures makes your trip unforgettable.

Chiang Rai Clock Tower

This clock tower is extremely unique and gorgeous with details engraved in gold. Located between the intersection of Phaholyothin Road and Banpaprakan Road, the tower was built in 2008 to honor King Bhumibhol Adulyadej. You can come here to admire talents in the art of carving by Thai artists.

The Great King Mengai Monument

King Mengrai is the great emperor who established Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai and created a flourishing and glorious period in the Lanna Kingdom. His monument is also a highlight and welcome you to the northern city Chiang Rai. If you come to the city, surely you cannot miss having a photo taken with this famous statue.

The White Temple (via brainberries)

Naval City Pillar

Composed of six pillar-shaped concentric circles, the Naval City Pillar represents the cosmos and people of ancient Khmer and Lanna. As mysterious as Stonehenge, or stone statues on Easter Island, the Chiang Rai stone pillar possesses ancient beauty and is well worth a visit.

Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai

If you’ve ever been to Wat Phra Kaew Bangkok, visit the temple with the same name in Chiang Rai. This is the place where they discoverd the emerald Buddha – the famous national security of Thailand. Today, the temple is worshiping a near-perfect replica of the famous statue.

Doi Chom Thong

Doi Chom Thong is the site of Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong, one of the most sacred places in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai. Thai legend says that King Mengrai followed the footsteps of the elephant and made the decision to establish these two cities. Today, when visiting Doi Chom Thong, you can immerse yourself in tranquil natural air, see the city with the Kok River far away or visit the golden chedi of Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong.

Wat Klang Wiang

Wat Klang Wiang is one of the most prominent architectures in Chiang Rai. You can come here to see the complex of Lanna-style temples, or buildings with white and red domes decorated elaboratly.

Wat Klang Wiang (via wanderant.com)

Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh features a portico that depicts the four elements: land – water – wind – fire and legendary creatures such as garuda, lions, snakes and elephants. Wat Phra Singh brings you a wonderful world of Lanna art 6,7 centuries ago.

Mae Fah Luang

Mae Fah Luang Art and Culture Park is located 5 kilometers west of Chiang Rai. It is one of the largest exhibits of Lanna artifacts and cultural heritage. Coming here, you can visit the gardens and lakes with teak – the best and most durable Thai wood and ancient artifacts of Lanna.

Museum of Ethnic minorities

Chiang Rai is not only the cradle of Lanna culture but also the home of many ethnic minorities in Northern Thailand, including the long necked Karen, Hmong, Yao, Lisu, Lahu, Lawa, Akha … You can go to this museum to admire the costumes and learn etiquette as well as customs of the mountainous people in the north. A visit to the museum is especially suitable for those who want to visit the village themselves.

The Golden Triangle

Formerly it was the notorious place of the evil people, where the poppy flowers were llarger than rice fields. Today, you will be amazed at what you see when cming here. It is like a newly cultivated land with a wild beauty. Coming to the golden triangle, watching the scenery and enjoy the cool breeze will definitely be a very unique and new experience.

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