Just three hours towards Laos it’s a little town called Chiang Rai. Are you ready to explore the most beautiful temples from the North of Thailand and chat with a Monk about their culture or anything else you always wanted to know about Buddhism?
Heres a little Tour guide through Chiang Rai :
- Discover Chiang Rai’s Temples
- Additional informations and Tipps
- What else to do in Chiang Rai
- Best places to stay
The blue Temple. Was Rong Seua Ten
A visually stunning destination and very different to the temples in the south of Thailand.Walk inside the Temple and you’ll find breathtaking architecture and colourful artworks on the wall. You’ll find the story of Buddha on the Temple wall.
Wat Huai Pla Kung Temple
The white Chinese Buddha ( Guan Im ) is a must visit when you’re in Chiang Rai. Guan Yin (also Kwan Yin) is the bodhisattva of compassion and mercy. The enormous white Statue is the most beautiful i’ve ever seen. Walking up the steps you’ll find an elevator which brings you up to the top of the statue. Around the Buddha you’ll find all Chinese Zodiac statues and different monks and buddha’s at the outside circle. A very high recommended place for all temple lovers.
Wat Rong Khun
This temple is quite touristy. It’s well known as the White temple and it’s located outside the town of Chiang Rai. This temple is very unlikely to other temples in Thailand with his “ice” look. With its modern Buddhist design and intricately carved facade, the White Temple is unlike any other religious structure in Thailand — even the “templed out” will be overwhelmed by its unique beauty.
Rules to respect when you’re visiting a temple
When you visit a temple in Thailand there are some rules to know and follow :
- Dress properly (knees and shoulder)
- Take off your shoes when entering the buildings Be quiet
- Don’t hug or kiss
- Don’t point your feet to Buddha’s image
- Don’t smoke
What else to do in Chiang Rai
Mae Fah Luang Art & Culture Park
In addition to a museum that house is one of Thailand’s biggest collections of Lanna artefacts and includes antique and contemporary art, Buddhist temples and other structures. It’s located about 4km west of the centre of Chiang Rai. You can take a Tuk-Tuk or a Taxi for around 100 thb or go on your own by Motorbike.
Eat Khao Soi
Northern Thailand’s special dish is essentially a curry soup from the north. It is made of a deep-fried crispy egg noodles and a boiled egg, pickled mustard greens, ground chillies in fried oil and meat in a curry-like sauce with coconut milk. Of course you can have it also without meat, it’s is defiantly worth a try ! Buon Appetit.
Home to Thailand’s six largest ethnic hill-tribes. It’s quite hard to go on your own but you can book a one or up to three day tour from PDA Chiang Rai to visit the hill-tribes and collect some of your favourite people you meet in your hostel.
Khun Korn Waterfall
Most waterfalls in Chiang Rai are within national parks. Khun Korn Waterfall is the tallest and, arguably, the most spectacular waterfall in Chiang Rai. At 70 metres high, the water plunges straight down in one powerful motion. Definitely worth a visit
Where to stay in Chiang Rai
I’ve collected the nicest places in Chiang rai if you want to meet people or also stay with locals and get a bit of the Northern Thai Culture flair. You want to sleep like a local? Check out Thai-Style Homestay’s below.
I got you a 15 $ Discount via this link on your first booking.
Baan Suan Homestay
Homestay Chiang Rai
Banban Thaistyle Homestay
Imsuk Homestay Chiang Rai