Chiang Rai Thailand Travel Guide


Chiang Rai Thailand Travel Guide
A Vagabond Life

Chiang Rai Thailand Travel Guide A Vagabond Life

Chiang Rai, the northernmost province of Thailand, offers a captivating blend of cultural richness and natural beauty. Founded in 1262 by King Meng Rai as the original capital of the Lanna Kingdom, this serene destination holds a pivotal place in Thai history. Its historical significance is mirrored in the ancient temples and cultural sites that dot the landscape, standing as silent witnesses to centuries of history.

Today, Chiang Rai is renowned for its breathtaking natural wonders, from the lush greenery of its mountains and valleys to the tranquil waters of the Kok River. The province is also home to the famous White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), an iconic modern art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple, which draws visitors from across the globe. Travelers to Chiang Rai can immerse themselves in a myriad of experiences, ranging from exploring the rich tapestry of hill tribe cultures to embarking on adventurous treks through the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar converge.

Chiang Rai’s blend of historical depth, cultural diversity, and natural splendor makes it a must-visit destination for those looking to explore the less-trodden paths of Thailand’s rich heritage

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Things To See & Do In Chiang Rai Thailand

The White Temple

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Thailand Chiang Rai White Temple
Thailand Chiang Rai White Temple
The White Temple

Wat Rong also known as the White Temple, privately-owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997. The White Temple complex consists of several buildings; The main building or Ubosot, is reached by crossing a bridge over a small lake. The bridge is known as “The bridge of the cycle of rebirth” In front of the bridge are hundreds of outreaching hands that symbolize unrestrained desire.

The bridge proclaims that the way to happiness is by foregoing temptation, greed, and desires. Ubosot: The principal building, the Ubosot is an all-white building with fragments of mirrored glass embedded in the building’s exterior. The ubosot embodies design elements from classic Thai architecture such as the three-tiered roof and abundant use of Naga serpents.Inside the temple, the decor swiftly moves from pristine white to fiery and bewildering. Murals depict swirling 800 series Terminator.Images of nuclear warfare, terrorist attacks, and oil pumps hammer home the destructive impact that humans have had on earth. s the message somewhat, but the overall moral is clear: people are wicked.

The Golden Building : “A structure that stands out because of its color is the toilet building. Another very ornately decorated structure, this golden building represents the body, whereas the white ubosot represents the mind. The gold symbolizes how people focus on worldly desires and money. The white building represents the idea to make merit and to focus on the mind, instead of material things and possession. The structure is open year-round. Admission for Thai nationals is free, foreigners are required to pay 50 baht.

The White temple is 13 km south of Chiang Rai. Lahaul-Spiti | Pa O Don Chai Subdistrict, Chiang Rai 57000

Wat Klang Wieng

Wat Klang Wieng

Wat Klang Wieng houses the original city pillar shrine as well as a spectacular temple complex. Built in 1432, the temple boasts ornate grillwork, roof finials and gilded decorations.. Damaged by a storm in 1903 the temple underwent extensive renovation including the main chapel  and assembly hall. On each level, there are small niches housing golden Buddha images or amulets.

Location: Corner of Rattanaket and Uttarakit Roads, three blocks northeast of the Clock Tower.

Wat Mung Muang

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Thailand Chiang Rai Wat Mung Muang
Thailand Chiang Rai Wat Mung Muang
Wat Mung Muang

Wat Mung Muang

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Thailand Chiang Rai Wat Chiang Yuen
Thailand Chiang Rai Wat Chiang Yuen
Wat Mung Muang

Chiang Rai Clock Tower

Thailand Chiang Rai Clock Tower
Chiang Rai Clock Tower

Sitting grandly at the intersections of Phaholyothin Road and Banpapraka Rds and designed Chalermchai Kositpipat, the artist who conceived and built the White Temple the clock tower was built in 2008 to honour His Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej. Every evening, at 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00, the clock tower comes to life in a light-and-sound display

The Chiang Rai Night Market

The Chiang Rai Night Market

The Chiang Rai night market is is my favourite place in Chiang Rai.  We have spent many pleasant hours dining on some of the local delights at the night market…. the green mango som tum & local home made sausage are delicious and well worth trying. Along with food the Chiang Rai night market sells a large range of hand crafted items and clothing.

The Night Bazaar is held nightly between 6pm-midnight and is situated in the centre of town near the bus stop.

King Mengrai the Great Monument

The Great Monument is a life-size monument dedicated to King Mengrai the Great (r. 1262 – 1311), founder of the Lanna Kingdom. He established the first capital in Chiang Saen (1262), before relocating it to the west bank of the Ping River in Chiang Mai (1296). Backed by three giant golden tungs (Lanna flags), the King’s monument is the first thing you see when approaching the city from the Paholyothin Road.

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