the beauty of northern thailand
When many hear ‘Thailand’, they think of bustling Bangkok, the party scene of Patong or the idyllic beaches of many of the destinations famous spots – Phuket, Koh Samui, etc. The northernmost regions of this country are often overlooked and whilst it’s unlikely that you’d visit Thailand solely to explore this region, it can be a great addition to a multicentre itinerary, creating the trifecta of city, beach & jungle.
Chiang Rai is an ideal destination for lovers of the outdoors. Soak up the beauty by hiking along mountain trails, cycling past rice paddies or even by rafting on rivers. Don’t worry, it’s not all adventure; there’s a number of stunning luxury properties & resorts in this region for you to unwind at the end of your day exploring. The borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos converge here, known as the ‘Golden Triangle’. From the spectacular gardens of Doi Tung in the mountains, to immersing yourself into the culture of hill-tribe communities, to exploring the incredible temples, our travel experts highly recommend including Chiang Rai and the surrounding areas into your adventure across Thailand.
Facts about Chiang Rai
Currency – Thai Baht
(£1 > ฿44)
Flights via Bangkok
connecting to CEI
Founded in 1262;
the Lanna Kingdom
Best to visit between
October & February
Why should you travel to nha trang with us?
Our travel experts love to shine a light on some of the lesser-known destinations around the world. Maybe you’ve been to Thailand before but are looking for something different? Maybe you have a sense of adventure but aren’t sure where to begin? Setting aside some time to explore this region is a must if you’re keen to immerse yourself into the culture, history & heritage of the country and we’re here to curate the perfect Thailand itinerary for you.
Some of our favourite luxury resorts in Chiang Rai
Four seasons tented camp
Welcome to the adventure of a lifetime in the natural surroundings of northern Thailand, bordering Myanmar and Laos. Interact with rescued elephants, explore spectacular mountain trails & bamboo jungles; let the adventurer’s spirit in you come to life. Featuring private decks with outdoor showers or wooden hot tubs, the luxurious Tent accommodations are breezy and spacious, offering views of the Ruak River. Perfect for a spot of luxury during your Thailand adventure.
anantara golden triangle
Perched on a ridge in northern Thailand, the Anantara Golden Triangle is a mountain sanctuary surrounded by a 160-acre bamboo forest. Bond with gentle giants at the elephant caretaker village, unwind in the jungle spa with healing treatments inspired by local wisdom, or cruise down the Mekong River through the morning mist as it lifts off the calm water. For something truly special, spend the night in a Jungle Bubble for an unforgettable evening observing the majestic creatures in their natural habitat.
Things to do in Chiang Rai
Wat Phra Kaew
Set in an atmospheric spot surrounded by forest, Wat Phra Kaew is the city’s most revered Buddhist temple. An active temple, monks live and study within its grounds, while next door is a museum housing Lanna artefacts dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. It is also famed for once housing the original Emerald Buddha.
Cycle The Region
Chiang Rai is a dream for those who enjoy a spot of cycling. A great one-day itinerary is to meander along the country lanes crisscrossing the fields and villages southwest of the city, to The White Temple. Depending on your route, the ride should take you around two hours each way; be sure to stop for refreshments.
The White Temple
Known as the White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is actually an evocative art installation created by celebrated Thai painter-turned-architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. It is known for its oft-’grammed "moat" from which hundreds of yearning arms reach skywards, as well as the unusual murals on the interior walls
The ornate golden-coloured fretwork is stunning during the day, but takes on an even more impressive look at night. Each evening, a light and sound show entertains onlookers with the displays timed 7pm & midnight. Pull up a chair at one of the nearby restaurants or bars, order a local dish and enjoy the show.
Book with us today
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