Chiang Rai Travel Guide - The White Temple
The infamous Wat Rong Khun (also known as the White Temple) – Chiang Rai Travel Guide

Introduction to Chiang Rai Travel Guide

Chiang Rai is one of Thailand’s northern provinces. It is bounded to the north by the Shan State of Myanmar, to the east by the Bokeo Province of Laos, to the south by Phayao, to the southwest by Lampang, and to the west by Chiang Mai.

King Mangrai founded the territory in 1262, and it became the capital of the Mangrai Dynasty. In Thai, the term ‘Chiang’ means ‘city’, therefore Chiang Rai would be ‘The City of (Mang) Rai’. Chiang Rai became a Thai province in 1933.

Chiang Rai is Thailand’s northernmost province, featuring a mountainous climate and valuable Lanna culture. Chiang Rai is a province located at the intersection of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. At the Golden Triangle, visitors can see both sides of the Mekong River.

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How to get to Chiang Rai

Map of Chiang Rai Province

How to get around Chiang Rai

Top Attractions in Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun - White Temple

The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)

One of the most famous temples to visit in Northern Thailand.

Wat Rong Suea - The Blue Temple

The Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suea Ten)

A Buddhist temple famous for being almost entirely blue.

Baan Dam Museum

Baan Dam Museum

Thawan Duchanee’s work of art is housed at this museum.

Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle

The junction between 3 countries’ borders: Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.

Phu Chi Fa

Phu Chi Fa

One of the top sunrise location in Thailand, and the most scenic hike in Chiang Rai.

Choui Fong Tea Plantation

Choui Fong Tea Plantation

One of the largest and best known tea plantation in the province.

Chiang Rai - Wat Phra That Doi Tung

Wat Phra That Doi Tung

The temple that located at the top of Doi Tung.

Northern Thailand - Chiang Rai - Wat Huay Pla Kang

Wat Huay Pla Kang

A temple known for its enormous white Guanyin statue.

Singha Park - Boon Rawd Farm

Singha Park Chiang Rai (Boon Rawd Farm)

The beautiful park features tea plantations, flowers, and more in a farm-like atmosphere.

Side Trips

External Resources

Chiang Rai Travel Guide - Choui Fong Tea Plantation
Choui Fong Tea Plantation’s gorgeous surroundings. A well-known tourist destination in the province. – Chiang Rai Travel Guide

Summary of Chiang Rai Travel Guide

Northern Thailand’s largest province, Chiang Rai, is located at the crossroads of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. Despite its proximity to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is a province that receives few visitors. Chiang Rai is a peaceful, modest province surrounded by lush greenery and natural beauty. Flower gardens, tea plantations, and mountains may all be found in this charming northern province. Chiang Rai is a hidden gem simply waiting for travelers to discover it. Feel free to check out other destinations while you are in Thailand:

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