When you’re ready to explore the lush rainforests and ancient kingdoms of Thailand, start your holiday in the northern city of Chiang Rai and its namesake province. Although it’s a busy metropolis, Chiang Rai is full of natural beauty, and you can tour temple gardens, hike to secluded waterfalls and visit local tea plantations.
Look for Chiang Rai hotels near the city centre, just south of Kok River. From there you’ll be close to top attractions and a short drive to gorgeous landscapes. Oh, and did we mention Bangkok is a scenic road trip or a short flight from Chiang Rai? It is! Book your Bangkok hotel here!
Things to Do in Chiang Rai
To explore the ancient civilisations that called this place home, start at the Hill Tribe Museum downtown. Next, venture out to the famous Wat Rong Khun, south of the city. From there, you can amble out to the Khun Korn Waterfall to the west, or raise your caffeine level at Doi Chang, a tiny village known for growing and brewing amazing coffee—not your average cuppa Joe. Are you more of a tea person? You’re in luck! Northwest of Chiang Rai, Doi Mae Salong is the perfect place for loose leaf-lovers—so lace up your hiking boots and see how your favourite drink goes from seedlings to the first sip.
When all that trekking around has you knackered, recharge in one of our hotels in Chiang Rai and stop for snacks and souvenirs at the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar.
Getting To & Around Chiang Rai
Touch down at Mae Fah Luang-Chiang Rai International Airport (CEI)—say that five times fast—just 10 km north of downtown. The city centre is easy to see on foot, but hire a car (with Wotif, of course) for those day trips.
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