The sights of Chiang Rai province, what to see
On the page "attractions of Chiang Rai" we have given an overview of the attractions of the province, as well as a detailed description of the attractions in Chiang Rai and the surrounding area. Below this description other sights of Chiang Rai province. For navigation to see the location attractions of the province and to make the route, we recommend you to use our interactive map of Chiang Rai province.
The city of Mae SAI (Boutique) and transition in Myanmar (Mae Sai)
The town of Mae SAI is the northernmost town of Thailand and is very near the border crossing to Myanmar (Burma) and 61 km from the city of Chiang Rai (the Town of Mae SAI on the map). Nothing remarkable in the town, and visit it in order to photograph the "Northern gate" of Thailand to Myanmar, or take a day "outing-tour" to a neighboring country, in the city without stopping. And, of course, is a staging post for those travelling from Thailand to Burma. The town has a couple of interesting places to visit is the temple Wat Phra That Doi Wao and Khun Nang beach Us Laguna (lagoon of the sleeping lady).
Read more about Mae SAI here...
The heart of the Golden triangle (Sop Ruak)
The heart of the Golden triangle, which is called Sop Ruak, is located about 80 kilometers from Chiang Rai. It is the confluence of the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar on the river and is usually the highlight of most trips to the province of Chiang Rai. Although according to many travelers, the heart of the Golden triangle not interesting and it's just a "trap" for tourists, our opinion is that not to look here, since you've come this far, you just can't. And look here have something. To stay for a few days for sightseeing here is not enough to stop for a few hours in the composition of the group tours or independently.
Here there are two to the opium Museum, the giant Buddha temple and the Lao island where you can swim to the boat and to tread, Lao land without getting a visa. For everything it will take four hours to five.
Read more about Golden triangle read here...
Hill tribe villages
As we mentioned in the Rai is quite a lot of villages, exotic hill tribes. Among them there are a few very popular villages, which are imported groups of tourists following a tour in the Golden triangle. These are villages that exist only for the sake of tourists and work as a tourist attraction. We would not recommend them to visit for a real experience with local tribes and go trekking instead. But if you deficiency time and you don't aspire to visit these villages, perhaps these "surrogate" of the villages you will be enough. Especially because to get to them very easily.
Several villages are almost at the road on the way from Mae SAI (Mae Sai) in Chiang Rai, and you don't even have to walk through the jungle to visit. On the road you will see signs for the villages. Access to some of these villages paid (300 baht), some free (the income you receive through the sale of Souvenirs).
The village on the mountain DOI Tung (Doi Tung)
On the way to the top of DOI Tung, which is located on the way between Chiang Rai and town of Mae SAI (Mae Sai), you can visit some very easily accessible tribal villages of the Akha (Akha) and Lahu (Lahu). They are located along the road No. 1149. Access transport can be almost close to most of the villages, just be sure to look around and look for exits along the dirt road to the villages.
But we should not expect much from these exotic villages. Though they retained their ethnic roots, unlike the tourist villages are outwardly little different from any other Thai villages.
The camp was a village of Akha and Akha Hill House Guesthouse
There are 25 kilometers from Chiang Rai an interesting place, which could be more likely attributed to the hotels or to a private resort in Chiang Rai province (Akha Hill House on the map). This is a special tribe village Akha. Rather, it's not really a village, and, one might say, a tourist camp on the basis of the village, a hotel, a waterfall, tea plantations and mountains in one bottle. The center of all of this is Guesthouse Akha Hill House (only do not confuse this place with hotel Akha Hill House Hotel, which is located within the city of Chiang Rai).
This camp is located at 1,500 meters in the mountains and supposedly founded by the inhabitants of the village the Akha tribe. Like it or not, us is not known, but in the village atmosphere of this village. Here you can stay in a Bungalow-type cottages and spend a few days in the atmosphere of the village tribes of Northern Thailand. Around the camp in walking distance are: waterfall (Huay Keaw), the villages of other tribes, tea plantations, hot springs, elephant camp. Hence organized a great trekking tours into the jungle overnight.
You can get here by boat from Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai on their own in a rented transport or use the free daily Shuttle service from Chiang Rai. Detailed information on the website of the camp http://www.akhahill.com.
This village is the only camp of its kind in the Rai, and if you want you can stay in places like that, but know that this camp and most of the other belong to the "surrogate" villages (see above).
The village on the mountain of Mae Salong Nai
Read more about village on the mountain of Mae Salong below.
DOI Tung (Doi Tung)
DOI Tung is located on the way between Chiang Rai and the city of Mae SAI (mountain of DOI Tung on the map). The mountain's name literally translates as "top of the flags" or "flag peak" due to rising, when it flags marking the location of the building the two pagodas. It is the highest mountain in Chiang Rai province.
The mountain itself is a prominent peak of Thailand, its height is only 1800 meters, but considerable interest attractions located on the mountain and on the way to the top. Among them is the temple Wat Phra That Doi Tung, located at the top.
To get to the mountain on the way n1149, along which the majority of the attractions. Road No. 1149 starts from highway 1 in the town of Huai Khrai (turn on 1149 designated a large pointer above the road). In some places the road is not very good quality, but to get to the top, and also to most attractions on the motorcycle or car is possible.
Wat Phra That Doi Tung
This temple is located on the top of the mountain Doi Tung (Wat Phra That Doi Tung on the map) and is the end point of the climb. Initially in the 10th century there were built two stupa and a temple was erected around them until much later. The pagoda was built in order to store them in the left clavicular bone of Buddha that is still located in the temple.
Now this temple is the highest point in Chiang Rai province and the most sacred place in the North of Thailand. Many pilgrims flock to this temple. Here you can also see breathtaking views of the jungle towards the border with Myanmar.
If you drive even a mile over the temple to the end of the road, and then walk about a mile down the road with bells, gets into another very interesting temple of Wat Noi Doi Tung, which will be the culmination of your journey through grief. It is from here that overlooks the valley at the foot of DOI Tung.
The entrance to the temples is free
Royal Villa of DOI Tung (Doi Tung Royal Villa) and the garden of Mae FA Luang (Mae Fa Luang Garden)
These two attractions usually visited together as they are next to each other and are like a whole complex for leisure and excursions. The same complex includes the Hall of inspirations (Hall of Inspiration) and arboretum (Mae Fa Luang Arboretum). Here you can not only walk and sightsee, but to stay overnight in the hotel.
The Royal Villa was built in 1990 as a gift for mother's ninetieth birthday of the king. Now the two-storey Villa is open to the public all comers for a fee. At the entrance you will be given an audio guide with headphones. You will have the opportunity to walk through several rooms, in which lived a Queen and to get to know her Hobbies and some of the achievements in public life. Nothing particularly interesting at the Villa itself you will not see unless you are seriously interested in the life of the Royal family of Thailand. So if you have limited time, you can skip a visit to the Villa and go straight to the garden of Mae FA Luang.
In addition to the villas, a huge interest is a very beautiful garden of Mae FA Luang, divided in the area of 40 square kilometers. This garden not to be missed. Even if you are a passionate lover of nature, it would be really nice to walk and relax among the beautiful plants. In the garden, except for flowers and other plants, also has a rock garden, fountain and handicraft center. The ideal time to visit this place are the winter months of the year, the flowers in the garden bloom in all its glory. A walk through the garden will have to be forces, water and time. It is better to allocate for walks at least 2 hours.
Right next to the garden is also Hall of inspirations (Hall of Inspiration). It is something like an interactive Museum installation depicting the life of the Royal family. If you are not much interested in king's life, may miss it. But the whole place may seem and interesting. For his visit would take no more than 15 minutes. And, okay, here are a few to cool off after the walk under the scorching sun in the garden.
The arboretum, where you will be able to see and learn a lot about flowers especially Thai orchids, is already out of the garden and approximately 5 km.
To get to the Royal Villa and the garden road No. 1149 to DOI Tung (Royal Villa Dou Tung on the map). Working time from 6:30 to 17:00. Tickets and the Villa, and the garden, and the hall of inspiration and the arboretum are sold in one hand next to the garden. You can buy separate tickets or a single ticket to visit all places. A ticket that includes all four seats, it costs 220 baht (currency of Thailand, the exchange rate ); garden - 20 baht; Villa - 90 baht; hall of inspiration - 50 baht; the arboretum is 50 baht.
Village and mountain of Mae Salong (Mae Salong, Santikhiri also)
The village of Mae Salong (Mae Salong), the real name of which Santikhiri (Santikhiri), is located on the mountain Doi Mae Salong (the village of Mae Salong on the map). The climate in Mae Salong Nai is often compared to the Alpine, due to which this place is known as "Little Switzerland." And no wonder, since the village lies at an altitude of about 1800 meters. This is a great place to spend a couple of days, during which you can enjoy walking in the mountain villages of the tribes. Yes, and Mae Salong in fact originally a mountain village. This place is known for its tea plantations.
Inhabit the village and its surroundings are mainly Chinese, arrived here in 1949, hiding from the Communist regime. As a result, the influence of Chinese culture here is very strong. The restaurants serve Chinese cuisine, the architecture is typically Chinese. The Chinese built many temples. Say if you want to get a taste of China without leaving Thailand, visit Mae Salong Nai.
Proximity to isolated temples villages, wonderful mountain scenery, tea plantations and trekking in the hill tribes. Visit the latest purchasing tours in one of the guesthouses and independently, using a map of the area with marked mountain villages (a map is available in the guesthouses). But before you decide on an independent hike, read practical information on trekking in Northern Thailand. Also ask the locals how calm the situation in the border areas. The fact that in some places (North of the village, near the border with Myanmar) ten years ago access to tourists were banned because the area was controlled by a known drug Lord Khun Sa (Khun Sa). But now in these places, sometimes restless. Among the options of trekking is allocated a four-hour excursion on horseback in four nearby villages. This tour costs 500 baht.
To get to Mae Salong from thaton of or several routes (roads) from Chiang Rai. The easiest and less clear the route from Chiang Rai lies in Mae Chan, where you will turn left on road No. 1089 (signposted to Mae Ai and Fang). Road No. 1089 to the Mae Salong incredibly winding and drive will have three times more than you would in a straight line. Moreover, in one place the road No. 1089 splits in two, and will need to choose the right branch. You can also get to Mae Salong by road No. 1234 and 1130 (via Pa Sang on highway 1), which is even more twisty, but run through many tribal villages.
Of Thaton on Songthaew can be reached within a 30 baht. Direct routes on Sonthaew from Chiang Rai to Mae Salong there.
Chiangsaen (Chiang Saen)
Chiangsaen town located on the banks of the Mekong river at 10 kilometers North from the heart of the Golden triangle (SOP Ruak) and approximately 60 kilometres by road from Chiang Rai. (City Chiangsaen on the map)
This place could be not visited by tourists, if not for its location: Chiangsaen is right on the way from Chiang Rai in the heart of the Golden triangle.
Despite its small size, up to 1262, the city was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Throughout the history of confrontation between Siam and Burma, the city is constantly passed from hand to hand, which could not fail to leave its mark on the city. Like the Mai, the city was surrounded by a protective wall whose remains are still preserved.
To stay in Chiangsaen specifically to see the sights, maybe not necessary, but if you drive through the city, you can visit some of its attractions.
In Chiangsaen is the national Museum Chiang Saen National Museum (national Museum of Chiang Saen on the map). There you can see ancient artifacts of the Kingdom of Lanna, ceramic and pottery, coins, images of Buddhas and mythical animals, household items, ethnic tribes, musical instruments, and of course objects and tools related to the production and consumption of opium. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00, entrance fee 30 baht.
The temple Phra Tat Chedi Luang (Wat Phra That Chedi Luang) is located near the national Museum and is the tallest structure in Chiangsaen. The temple Phra Tat Chedi Luang on the map.
There are several temples in Chiangsaen that you can visit: Wat Phra Chao Lan Thong; Wat Pa Sak; Wat Phra That Pha Ngao; Wat Sangkha Kaeo Don Han; Wat Phra That Doi Pu Khao, etc. But if you are going to the city and to reach further to the Golden triangle on highway No. 1290 North (turn left before entering the city), it's best to visit the temple of Wat Phra That Chom Kitti (Wat Phra That Chom Kitti on the map). This temple is located on the mountain, and to reach it, will have to overcome to climb 350 steps. Next to the road at the foot of the mountain on which a temple is a Holy spring with healing properties, but the approach it can only be men.
To Chiangsaen can be reached from Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai on buses that run constantly. From Chiang Rai buses leave every 15 minutes from the old bus station, which is located in the centre of Chiang Rai (about a bus station of Chiang Rai here), the journey time is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Schedule and fares can be viewed here (website not open on the territory of the Russian Federation, and it is better to access via proxy or Tor browser). On the transport from Chiang Rai to go on highway No. 1 North to the city of Maechan (Mae Chan), where you should turn left to the highway No. 1016. You can also get Chiangsaen from Mae SAI (Mae Sai) in taxis (Songthew).
Hot springs in Chiang Rai province
The hot springs of Pong Phra Bat
These natural hot springs are located 15 kilometers from Central Chiang Rai in the same Park. It is best to get here on its own transport with a Parking area. Access to sources of fee: 20 baht in a shared pool, 50 baht in the individual room, 80 baht for two people in an individual room.
To get here, take highway No. 1 to North-East (towards the Golden triangle) to the village of Ban Du and turn left here. After 2 and a half kilometers to see the fork springs (hot springs of Pong Phra Bat on the map).
Hot springs, Huai Hin Fon (Huay Hin Fon)
These hot springs, also called The Hot Spring in Mae Chan, as well as the Par Tung Hot Spring, located near the town of Mae Chan (hot springs, Huai Hin Fon on the map). A special trip here, probably not necessary, but if you will move this road into the mountains towards the villages of hill tribes, of which there are many and they are very easily available on the transport, we can stop along the way. Near the springs is a lake where you can swim, too, as well as a Guesthouse where you can stay for the night. Admission price of 20 baht for a simple pool, 30 baht for a VIP room.
Hot springs Huay Mark Liam (Huai Mak Lium)
Located in the Park of Khok Lam Naam National Park on the banks of the Kok river (hot springs Huay Mark Liam on the map). This place is very well equipped, the grounds are well-kept, built houses for the admission of hot tubs. In General it is something like relaxation in our camp site. Near the springs you can even ride on elephants. Here you can stay for the night or even to pitch a tent.
But the source itself consists of one communal pool with very hot water, where you can just boil. This place is not for the hot procedures. If you wish to swim in the hot springs, you'll either have to rent a house, or to visit equipped sources Phasoet Hot Spring a couple miles away.
You can get here by boat along the Kok river from Thaton to Chiang Rai or, by car or motorbike. From Chyangra need to go on the road along the left Bank of the river Kok. Nearby is a campsite and Guesthouse Akha Hill House. Hot springs Huay Mark Liam on the map.
Hot springs is Pha Soet Hot Spring
Along the road from Chiang Rai along the left Bank of the river Kok, you can find hot springs is Pha Soet Hot Spring. It is equipped and organized to receive therapeutic hot baths and resting place. The area equipped and ennobled. You can swim in the communal pool, rent solo room, to cook eggs in the hot spring water in a special pool. And you can just walk through beautiful and well-groomed territory. To go from Chiang Rai down here pretty far, but not far away are the falls and camp, Akha Hill House, hot springs, Huay Mark Liam, and elephant camp. So, if you travel to these places to stop by and relax in these sources will be very nice.
Visit to the sources of pay: communal pool – 30 bath; private room for one person, 50 baht; private double room – 80 baht.
Access to sources is possible, if you go on the left Bank of the river Kok from Chiang Rai to the direction of Thaton, the hot springs Huay Mark Liam or camp, Akha Hill House. The springs are located right near the road and they are on the way, there are a few pointers. Hot springs is Pha Soet Hot Spring on the map.
Waterfalls in Chiang Rai
The Pong Phra Bat Waterfall
This small waterfall with several thresholds is approximately 20 kilometres by road from the centre of Chiang Rai. Which is good, he is not particularly popular and you can be here all alone. Besides, the waterfall is very easy to access: a paved road runs almost to the falls (there is a Parking area) and walk to the water have to walk about 200 meters. However to get to the source of the waterfall you have to walk up a rocky and sometimes slippery slope of the mountain 800 metres. Access to the waterfall is free.
To get here, drive from Chiang Rai on highway No. 1 to North-East (towards the Golden triangle) to the village of Ban Du and turn it to the left. After two and a half kilometers will be the hot springs of Pong Phra Bat (here you need to turn right), and after five kilometers after the road they will end up Parking in front of the waterfall. The Pong Phra Bat waterfall on the map
The Huay Kaew Waterfall
This small, beautiful waterfall is situated away from large cities (25 kilometers from Chiang Rai). The waterfall consists of two rapids, the first height of 30 meters, 40 meters the second. The waterfall filled with water all year round even in the dry season.
To get to this waterfall is very difficult, because it is located in the mountains, and it only leads to a dirt road. Along the way it will be easy to get lost. You need to go to the hot springs Huay Mark Liam and turn left at Pha Soet village (near Wat Wanaram Phasoet, on the road there are signs). Another landmark camp and Guesthouse Akha Hill House, from which the waterfall can be reached in 15 minutes on foot. The Huay Kaew waterfall on the map