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Thailand

Chiang Rai & the Golden Triangle

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

Holidays to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle take you to a less-visited, fascinating region of Thailand. Just over an hour’s flight from Bangkok, Chiang Rai is easy to explore independently. Or you can venture there with one of our Thailand tours, such as the five-day Golden Triangle Explorer.

Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northernmost city, is truly unique. You’ll find traditional hill tribes still living among the jungle-covered mountains, and some of the most stunning temples in the country. You can visit the elaborate Wat Rong Khun – known as the White Temple – and marvel at the Blue Temple, Wat Rong Suea Ten. Make sure you also see the incredible Wat Huay Pla Kung. This enormous Buddha looms high over the countryside and, if you climb its ‘dragon staircase’, you’ll be greeted by spectacular views.

You can see gentle giants at the Thai Elephant Care Centre, and trek through lush bamboo forest to Khun Korn Waterfall. Tick off the landmarks of Chiang Rai’s Old Town, from its golden clock tower to the statue of King Mengrai. And Visit jade markets or pick up locally crafted souvenirs at Chiang Rai Night Bazaar.

Head into the countryside for a fun day out at Mae Fah Luang Cultural Park or Singha Park. And no trip to Chiang Rai would be complete with a long-tailed boat ride to Sop Ruak. Also known as the Golden Triangle, this is where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet, surrounded by a stunning river landscape. And a trip to northern Thailand wouldn't be complete without a visit to the cultural hub of Chiang Mai, just over three hours by road, but one hundred percent worth it!

A holiday to Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle allows you to immerse yourself in Thailand’s authentic charm – and discover that this country is so much more than its bustling cities and beach resorts. Intrigued? Speak to our Travel Specialists to find out more.

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Things to do in the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar come together. It’s a beautiful part of the world, at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers.

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Wat Rong Khun – the White Temple – is a must-see during your trip to the Golden Triangle. Designed by Thai painter and architect Chalermchai Kositpipat, the temple opened its doors in 1997 – but is not expected to be finished until 2070. But, even now, this blinding-white structure is a wonder to behold, with its spiked roof, modern icons and Buddhist scenes.

It’s also worth visiting Wat Rong Suea Ten – the Blue Temple – and Wat Phra Kaew, a 15th-century Buddhist temple still used for worship today. Taking the kids? Spend a family afternoon at Singha Park, where lakes and tea plantations provide a beautiful background for a zoo, educational farm, and thrilling zip-lines.

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Chiang Rai

Culture-seekers will love Thailand’s northernmost city. On a holiday to Chiang Rai, you can witness a traditional dance as you taste local dishes from an authentic street food stall. Wander the attractions of the Old Town, and marvel at the majestic statue of King Mengrai, founder of the city. Watch the nightly music and light show at Chalermchai Kositpipat’s golden clock tower. And discover the spirit of the city in its famous temples, Wat Ming Muang, Wat Phra Sing, Wat Klang Wiang, and Wat Jet Yot. And browse the night bazaar for clothes, jewellery and handicrafts directly from the members of nearby hill tribes.

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You can uncover the cultures and histories of the local people at Oub Kham Museum and The Hill Tribe Museum. Or venture outside the city and take a cycle tour of the peaceful Mae Fah Luang Cultural Park, which is filled with wooden houses, 19th-century murals, and lakeside pavilions.

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Hill tribes & elephants

Journey through the mountain villages surrounding Chiang Rai to encounter the varied cultures and lifestyles of Northern Thailand’s famous hill tribes.

You can meet the Akha, Yao and Lisu tribes in the charming village of Doe Mae Salong, near the Myanmar border. Visit Thailand’s oldest town, Chiang Saen, and pass through a Karen hill tribe village close to the region’s natural hot springs.

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Sail through jungle landscape in a long-tailed boat to the bamboo huts of the Lahu and Ban Pha Tai villages. If you wish, you can even stay overnight among the tribes.

After learning more about the lives of these inspiring tribespeople, take the opportunity to get up close with Thailand’s most majestic animals. At the Thai Elephant Care Centre – an ethical sanctuary – you can see these lovely creatures be fed, washed and rehabilitated.

 

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Best time to visit Chiang Rai

October to March is the cooler, dryer season in Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle. Daytime temperatures average 25°C, and there’s much less rain than the rest of the year. Days become hotter from March to May, and increasing rainfall can create a humid atmosphere – but you’ll still be able to enjoy most activities in comfort.

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Northern Thailand is wettest between June and September, which can deter some visitors. But don’t be put off. Most of the time, the rain falls in short, heavy bursts and everything dries very quickly. This can be a great time to visit, as the towns and villages are quieter and you’ll find that accommodation is much cheaper.

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Things to do

Things to do in the Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar come together. It’s a beautiful part of the world, at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong rivers.

Show More
Show Less

Wat Rong Khun – the White Temple – is a must-see during your trip to the Golden Triangle. Designed by Thai painter and architect Chalermchai Kositpipat, the temple opened its doors in 1997 – but is not expected to be finished until 2070. But, even now, this blinding-white structure is a wonder to behold, with its spiked roof, modern icons and Buddhist scenes.

It’s also worth visiting Wat Rong Suea Ten – the Blue Temple – and Wat Phra Kaew, a 15th-century Buddhist temple still used for worship today. Taking the kids? Spend a family afternoon at Singha Park, where lakes and tea plantations provide a beautiful background for a zoo, educational farm, and thrilling zip-lines.

Show More
Show Less

Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai

Culture-seekers will love Thailand’s northernmost city. On a holiday to Chiang Rai, you can witness a traditional dance as you taste local dishes from an authentic street food stall. Wander the attractions of the Old Town, and marvel at the majestic statue of King Mengrai, founder of the city. Watch the nightly music and light show at Chalermchai Kositpipat’s golden clock tower. And discover the spirit of the city in its famous temples, Wat Ming Muang, Wat Phra Sing, Wat Klang Wiang, and Wat Jet Yot. And browse the night bazaar for clothes, jewellery and handicrafts directly from the members of nearby hill tribes.

Show More
Show Less

You can uncover the cultures and histories of the local people at Oub Kham Museum and The Hill Tribe Museum. Or venture outside the city and take a cycle tour of the peaceful Mae Fah Luang Cultural Park, which is filled with wooden houses, 19th-century murals, and lakeside pavilions.

Show More
Show Less

Hill tribes & elephants

Hill tribes & elephants

Journey through the mountain villages surrounding Chiang Rai to encounter the varied cultures and lifestyles of Northern Thailand’s famous hill tribes.

You can meet the Akha, Yao and Lisu tribes in the charming village of Doe Mae Salong, near the Myanmar border. Visit Thailand’s oldest town, Chiang Saen, and pass through a Karen hill tribe village close to the region’s natural hot springs.

Show More
Show Less

Sail through jungle landscape in a long-tailed boat to the bamboo huts of the Lahu and Ban Pha Tai villages. If you wish, you can even stay overnight among the tribes.

After learning more about the lives of these inspiring tribespeople, take the opportunity to get up close with Thailand’s most majestic animals. At the Thai Elephant Care Centre – an ethical sanctuary – you can see these lovely creatures be fed, washed and rehabilitated.

 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to visit

Best time to visit Chiang Rai

October to March is the cooler, dryer season in Chiang Rai and the Golden Triangle. Daytime temperatures average 25°C, and there’s much less rain than the rest of the year. Days become hotter from March to May, and increasing rainfall can create a humid atmosphere – but you’ll still be able to enjoy most activities in comfort.

Show More
Show Less

Northern Thailand is wettest between June and September, which can deter some visitors. But don’t be put off. Most of the time, the rain falls in short, heavy bursts and everything dries very quickly. This can be a great time to visit, as the towns and villages are quieter and you’ll find that accommodation is much cheaper.

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Show Less

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