While the prices will blow the daily budget of an average backpacker, the food here is excellent. For a small fee you can order the most popular types of noodles, as well as interesting side dishes and drinks. Chiang Rai Travel Guide: What to See in Chiang Rai White Temple Wat Rong Khun First up in this Chiang Rai travel guide is. The monochromatic exterior paint scheme has only one exception — the gold-painted buildings that contain the restrooms. Chiang Rai city should also be considered by those travellers who are looking for direct access to Thai — Laos border. The city is small enough to meander around, be it down by the river and Chiang Rai Beach or in the nearby hills and forest parks.
If you see on the map the landmarks, neighbourhoods and transport, so everything works. Your bus will stop at the new station in the south Terminal 2 first, but unless you want to , stay on the bus until the second stop at the old station Terminal 1 in the center of town. But unlike Chiang Mai, the city offers little diversity when it comes to nightlife, entertainment and shopping, and most of these are concentrated in the area around the Clock Tower. The town is restricted to the north by the Kok River and bordered to the east by Route 1, while the southern and western suburbs sprawl off into the surrounding paddy. To get to the border, you can take a bus going towards Chiang Khong.
All major domestic airlines in Thailand operate flights to Chiang Rai, including Thai Airways Thai Smile , Bangkok Airways, AirAsia, Nok Air, Thai Lion Air and Thai Vietjet Air. The high western mountains, inhabited by numerous hilltribes, were until quite recently pretty wild spots but are better known today for trekking, royal projects and coffee and tea plantations rather than opium, while Burmese border crossing main contemporary illicit trade is in dodgy Chinese goods, duty-free cigarettes and fake Viagra. Among its exhibits there are beautiful national costumes and everyday objects, models of houses and works of art. The staff all speak enough English to make the transaction quick and easy. Chiang Rai City remains a sleepy provincial town with a pleasant atmosphere.
Clicking on this icon, you can get brief information about the hotel name, category, price and photos , but if you want to go to the full information about the hotel, check prices, availability and booking. Get a ticket from the kiosk, and then approach the appropriate counter to purchase your ticket once your number is called. The largest shopping mall is Central Plaza Chiang Rai, a couple of clicks south of the centre on Route 1. Visa costs vary depending on which country passport you are travelling with. The city is gradually developing its tourist sector, beginning with its own Night Bazaar, Saturday Walking Street and Jazz Festival. Towns such as Pathang and are old Kuomintang settlements and most districts have substantial Yunnanese Muslim minorities.
We enjoyed our dinners here on a couple of occasions and found the food reasonably priced and tasty. Thai artists seem to like a bit of dark art too. A range of items there is simply huge; you can buy interesting souvenirs, clothing and popular national food, paintings and other works by local artisans at the market. If you want the card to be displayed, you must disable the blocker or add Our planet to the exclusions. Among popular nightlife places, Filou Cocktaillounge and The Jungle … Among cultural institutions, the Hilltribe Museum and Education Center is considered to be the most interesting; it tells visitors about the diversity of cultures and customs of locals. Thai people consider the fate of their country to be symbolically entwined with the fate of the hip-high jade statue, which is now on display in Bangkok. Hotels in Chiang Rai on the map On some maps you can see the location of hotels in the form of icons.
At the end of the day, Chiang Rai City is all about chilling out and taking it in slowly, savouring each moment as it comes. The Souk is an ideal destination for budget travelers. Chiang Rai is also a good base for exploring the Golden Triangle. Photo: Mark Ord Apologies to the townsfolk but it is a rather featureless town; many streets look similar and many downtown ones are one-way, so it can be a confusing city to negotiate and your only decent landmark is the famous clock-tower. The hotter temperatures and monsoon rains begin in April and taper off throughout October. Read our full post: Download this article as a self-guided walking tour on your smartphone. Tiny Kan Air sometimes has charter flights from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, but schedules aren't always reliable.
Mae Fah Luang — Chiang Rai International Airport is the main gateway airport in the Chiang Rai province in northern Thailand. Today its population of Northern Thais, Shan and Chinese stands at 200,000. A mountain range skirts its western borders with Burma and Chiang Mai and mountains lie along the Mekong to the southeast culminating in spectacular , but otherwise the landscape is predominately flat, agricultural land. Because it attracts fewer visitors than , its sister city, Chiang Rai offers a chance to explore authentic local life as well as smaller markets and several temples, both historic and modern. We used this site to book most of our journeys in Southeast Asia. As Thailand's northernmost city with any oomph — it's the last stop before Laos — Chiang Rai is busy. The most popular company is Greenbus.
Approach the friendly tourist information counter inside the station for directions to your hotel and a free map. We recommend visiting the Black House Museum as early as possible to avoid the many coaches and jeeps which squeeze down the narrow lanes around the temple from 11 am onwards. Chiang Rai city was founded in the mid 13th century by King Mengrai as a stepping stone between his home town of Chiang Saen and his eventual capital of Chiang Mai. At one time, there were vast rice plantations on the territory where the garden is located. Plenty of illegal drugs still do flow over the Burmese border — principally methamphetamines these days — and rural Chiang Rai sees more police road blocks than just about any other northern province.