Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai are the most popular destinations in the northern part of Thailand. The mountainous cities, historical attractions, and important economic industries. Chiang Rai is only about several hours away by bus. Either you take a tour from Chiang Mai or just stay a couple of nights there for enough time to explore this pretty city and interesting tourist places. The one-day tour in Chiang Rai is the most recommended to see all the places in a day.

Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai – Thailand

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) is known as the White Temple for visitors. A private art exhibit in the style of Buddhist Temples owned by a local artist in Chiang Rai, Chalermchai Kositpipat who designed and rebuild the original Wat Rong Khun that was almost completely ruined and could not be renovated at the end of the 20th century. It is now one of the most visited temples in Chiang Rai.

Wat Rong Khun – White Temple

Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple) is the second most popular temple to visit in the Rong Suea Ten district, which only takes around ten to twenty minutes of cycling or ten minutes by bike. The magnificent blue coloring temple, the golden carving decorations, and a large white Buddha statue on the inside. The standing White Buddha at the back and other spectacular sculptures all around. The temple is very picturesque.

The front of Wat Rong Suea Ten
Inside Wat Rong Suea Ten

Baan Dam (The Black House) is known as Baandam Museum, located in the northern part of the city that takes around fifteen to twenty minutes to drive from Wat Rong Suea Ten. The House is owned by Thawan Duchanee, a local national artist, architect, and sculptor from Chiang Rai. A very intriguing place of his art collections. It cost 80 Baht for all Thai and Non-Thai visitors to enter this art museum garden.

Black House inside Baan Dam

Long Neck Village Tha Sut, fifteen minutes away from the black house and about twenty-five minutes from the Tea plantation of Choui Fong. The village is located in Mae Chan district, Chiang Rai. It cost 300 Baht for the entrance fee. Their houses are just behind their souvenir shops, and in this village, you can visit both at the same time.

Long Neck Lady In Tha Sut
Long Neck Girl In Tha Sut

Choui Fong Tea Plantation is another half-hour drive from the black house (Baan Dam museum) to an enchanting tea plantation of Choui Fong with a gorgeous view of the mountainous surroundings and a great place for snacks or lunch break at the top hill terrace. You’ll have a free tea tasting with many different fragrances and flavors.

Choui Fong Tea Plantation

Chiang Saen (Wat Prathat Pukhao) is almost an hour’s drive from the plantation to the northern part of Chiang Rai province. Chiang Saen district, which bordered Myanmar and Laos, is an important Thailand trade with other countries by the upper part of the Mekong River. Some other attractions are the big Buddha statues on the riverbank of the Mekong, Wat Prathat Pukhao, the Opium Museum, and the famous Golden Triangle.

Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle is the triple border between Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos under the influence of Ruak and the Mekong River. One of the world’s largest opium-producing areas after Afghanistan. The view of the three countries can be seen from the monument on the top hill where Wat Prathat Pukhao Pagoda is.

Golden Triangle – Chiang Saen

Night Market (Night Bazaar), A night-out area for locals and tourists in the capital city of Chiang Rai. A night shopping center for handicrafts and handmade souvenirs. Very affordable tasty Thai foods and drinks with two different courts. To find your favorite souvenir and eat your favorite Thai food while entertained by the local artists on the stage.

Music show in Night Bazaar
Food counter in Night Bazaar

Bike In Town is one of my favorite things to do is to explore the big city by bike. Go and visit monuments all around, a way to find the hidden gems and how to travel like a local.

Night cycling in Chiang Rai City

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