Wat Rong Khun the White temple, Chiangrai, Thailand at Sunset

Chiang Rai

A picturesque mountain town rich in culture and natural attractions

Chiang Rai is the northernmost province in Thailand. Smaller in comparison to Chiang Mai, the province is a good base to explore the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Myanmar, Thailand and Laos converge. While the town itself is rather nondescript, the surrounding areas are spectacular with scenic mountains and remote villages inhabited by various ethnic minority peoples. Cultural exploration of temples and museums combined with adventurous jungle treks and river rafting are the highlights of this provincial town.


  • Laid-back provincial town can be easily explored on foot or by bicycle
  • Surrounding mountains and untouched landscapes make it a popular trekking destination
  • Home to a variety of indigenous ethnic hill tribes including the Akha, Karen and H'mong
Within Easy Reach Of...
Chiang Rai International Airport is located 8km/5mi from the city centre. The airport mainly services domestic flights and a few international flights to/from China and Hong Kong.
Bangkok 1hr 15min flight
Chiang Mai 3hr 20min drive
Travel Tips
  • Shop for handicrafts and textiles at the Night Bazaar and enjoy local foods in the Food Court
  • Visit the Hill Tribe Museum and Education Centre to learn more about the indigenous peoples living in the area
  • Spend time at the Mae Fah Luang Art  & Culture Museum to view its large collection of Lanna artefacts, antiques and contemporary art

Hotels We Recommend

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Suitable for:
Couples, Families, Groups, Leisure, Romance

Four Seasons Tented Camp Golden Triangle

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Suitable for:
Families, Groups, MICE, Romance

The Legend Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai, Thailand

Suitable for:
Business, Couples, Groups

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