The province of Chiang Rai is famous for the white temple, but that’s not all there is to it. There are so many things that you can do in Chiang Rai. Here are some of the top attractions that you shouldn’t miss when you’re in Chiang Rai:
Known as Wat Rong Khun, the iconic temple is so white that it will surely catch your attention. You'll be surprised to know that what seems like an established temple isn’t done yet as the artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, who funded it to make his dreams come to life, is still working on the temple. That said, tourists may see new improvements to the white temple in the many years to come.
You can’t miss Chiang Rai’s clocktower as it’s situated right in the center of town at the intersection of Thanon Ket Yoot and Thanon Baanpa Pragarn. What makes the clocktower a-must visit is its intricate design. In fact, Chalermchai Kositpipat is also the artist who designed the clocktower. Experience its full beauty at night during its 10-minute light show that runs every night from 7-9 pm.
If you’re up for some nighttime activities, check out Chiang Rai’s night bazaar. The bazaar is a great place to eat authentic Thai food, have a glass of cold beer, and bask in live entertainment. If it’s your first time in Chiang Rai, you should definitely experience how nights are in town by heading to the night bazaar. You can also do some shopping around the bazaar as there are plenty of stalls that offer various goods.
One of the most relaxing things to do in Chiang Rai is to go to the river. Located about 4km outside of town along the Kok River, you can spend your lunch in the area in a bamboo hut in the middle of a rich forest. For a refreshing break, go for a swim. It’s best to hit the river during the dry season, which is from October to March because the current can get really strong during the wet season.
Chiang Rai has one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Thailand. Some waterfalls are close to town, while others are further away. Either way, you’ll find that any waterfall you visit in Chiang Rai will be majestic. If you want to see the tallest waterfall in Chiang Rai, then you shouldn’t miss the Khun Korn Waterfall, located in the Namtok Khun Korn Forest Park.
Have you ever experienced standing amid a sea of clouds? You can experience this in Pu Chi Fah, which is two hours away from Chiang Rai. Go on a 1-km trek from the gatehouse to the peak and watch the sunrise. It’s best to go there as early as you can so you can find a great spot to watch the sunrise and not to miss the sea of clouds. Pu Chi Fah is an extraordinary experience that you won’t find to find every day. Are you ready to explore the beauty of Chiang Rai? Don’t miss these attractions! If you’re looking for a hotel in Chiang Rai, consider booking a hotel at The Riverie by Katathani!