Located in the far north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is the perfect spot to start exploring the wild side of Thailand. It was once a capital city of the Mangrai kingdom and it has a long and turbulent history. Thanks to the Mae Kok River the area around the city is very rich with flora and fauna.
It seems that every interesting thing that this city has to offer to its visitors is located out of the center and around the city. Since it is a little bit difficult to find the places that are worth visiting in Chiang Rai, we’ve made a small guide that will help you explore this amazing city.
– Wat Phra Kaeo – Visiting this Buddhist temple is a must if you are planning to travel to Chiang Rai. It is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha because it was once the place where this beautiful statue was located (nowadays it is in Bangkok). There is a museum inside the complex and the peaceful atmosphere will make you feel relaxed and happy.
– Chiang Saen – This term refers to the old city walls that were once defending this city from Burmese attacks. It was mostly ruined during the 19th century but there are some ruins that are quite attractive for people who like history and archeology.
– Wat Mung Muang – This temple will surely surprise you with the beauty of its murals. The statues of Buddha in different positions are also very interesting and if you are lucky maybe some monk will explain what does gestures and positions mean.
– Sop Ruak – This place is considered to be the center of the famous “Golden Triangle”. The golden triangle is a border area between Burma, Laos and Thailand and you can take a look at it from Sop Ruak. Don’t miss the opportunity to see one of the most famous areas for opium production in the world. These activities are mostly done by the local tribes.
– Lahu Village – And when we talk about local tribes, visiting Lahu village that is located near Chiang Rai is an ideal way to find out more about the way these tribes live. The villagers are very friendly and with simple conversations you will a lot about their culture.
Chiang Rai will surely become even more popular among tourists because latest trends show that people are tired of mass tourist places and they are looking for something more exciting and less explored like Chiang Rai.