Chiang Rai
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From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

1. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

Visit Chiang Mai’s sister city, Chiang Rai, on a 12-hour journey to visit 3 very different temples. Quirky, charming, and creative are words that could describe Chiang Rai. At the very least, this city is quite different from Chiang Mai, so join this trip to experience something quite new. Select the private option to have this experience with your friends and family only. Before you begin your tour, you’ll break up the long drive at the Mae Khachan Hot Springs to relax, dip your feet into steaming mineral water, have a snack, or walk around the gardens. Your first stop is the main attraction of the day: the White Temple. If you were expecting ancient ruins, then you might be surprised to find a modern architectural masterpiece designed and built by a local artist, Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. People say he spent over $40 million of his own money to create this unconventional art exhibit and through it, gain immortal life.   After exploring this Temple, head to the next stop, the Blue Wonder. Locally known as Wat Rong Seua Ten, this translates to “temple of the dancing tiger”, because it was built on a site where tigers were said jump over the river.   If the White Temple could be called the stairway to heaven, the Black House has been called a “dark, mysterious, and almost sadistic” place, complete with preserved animals and a collection of bones. Built by national artist Thawan Duchanee, the Black House (also called the Baan Dam Museum) is a cluster of nearly 40 shadowy structures exhibiting art dating back to the Ayutthaya period. After fully admiring these 3 very different structures, you'll be taken back to Chiang Mai.

From Chiang Mai: White Temple & Golden Triangle Day Trip

2. From Chiang Mai: White Temple & Golden Triangle Day Trip

After a 07:00 AM pick-up in central Chiang Mai, depart for Chiang Rai, stopping for a short break at Mae Kachan hot springs. Visit Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple, before continuing to the Golden Triangle area. Go to Wat Phra That Chedi Luang (limited access). See the Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar borders from the Golden Triangle viewpoint. Stop for lunch before spending time at House of Opium. Enjoy a long-tail boat trip on the mighty Mekong River. On the way back to Chiang Mai take a break to stretch your legs in Mae Suay or Wiang Pa Pao district and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. The estimated arrival time in Chiang Mai city is 8:30 PM. The arrival time in Chiang Mai City depends on the traffic conditions, amount of passengers, and any other unforeseen circumstances.

Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Private Full-Day Tour

3. Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Private Full-Day Tour

Depart Chiang Mai and journey towards Chiang Rai, stopping at the hot springs of Mae Kajan to soak your feet in the healing waters. Then, visit the temple of Wat Rong Khun and marvel at is white exterior inlaid with mirrored glass. Enter the "Golden Triangle" to see the city of Chiang Saen. Enjoy lunch at a famous restaurant before climbing aboard a boat for a ride along the Mekong River (optional). Cross into Laos and go to the market at Don Sao Island. Visit the Opium House Museum to learn more about opium and why it was once as expensive as gold.  Get the chance to stop at a hill tribe village en route back to Chiang Mai and meet the people of the Long Neck tribes.

From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Highlights Spanish Guided Tour

4. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Highlights Spanish Guided Tour

Start off your full-day tour to Chiang Rai with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai between 06:15 and 06:45 AM. See the countryside on a long but comfortable drive with your Spanish-speaking guide. Stop at the hot springs halfway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The water is warm enough that you will witness locals boiling their breakfast eggs in the geothermal water.  Then, visit the iconic White Temple, an impressive temple known worldwide for its unique sculptures and carvings. Capture the beauty of this photogenic point designed by Thailand's famous artist, Chaloemchai. Next, head off to the Big Buddha, an impressive statue and temple at the top of a small hill. If there is no special celebration that day, you can go up inside the Buddha's head and take in the views. Have a lunch break and dig in to a delicious Thai meal. Move on to the next highlight, a visit to the Black House Museum. Learn about the history behind this Lanna-style house designed by artist Thawan Duchanee. See his masterpieces in a contemporary artwork museum. Discover sculptures, wooden carvings, and furniture created by him. In the afternoon, see another of Chiang Rai’s gems, The Blue Temple, with its impressive murals. Listen to the history of the city and temple from your informative Spanish guide. You will have the option to visit the Karen Village if you would like to learn more about the culture and lifestyle of the northern hill tribes. Wear traditional outfits, learn how to craft handmade goods, and see the famous neck rings worn by Karen women. After a full day of sightseeing and exploring, make the journey back to Chiang Mai. You will be dropped off at your hotel around 7:00 PM.

Chiang Mai: Wat Doi Suthep and White Temple Private Day Trip

5. Chiang Mai: Wat Doi Suthep and White Temple Private Day Trip

07:00 A.M Guide pick up from your hotel. This tour will take you to important temples in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in 1 day. The tour starts at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is the most revered temple in Chiang Mai. You will head to the 600-year-old Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, the most important temple in Chiang Mai and a Buddhist pilgrimage destination, and here you can see panoramic views of Chiang Mai. After that, leave for Chiang Rai. A northern province of Thailand that is full of hills and beautiful nature. Stop to relax and stretch in the hot spring garden. Enjoy snacks such as boiled eggs that is boiled in the hot spring water. Then go to Wat Rong Khun or more commonly known as the White Temple, where the white color of the temple represents the purity of the Lord Buddha. Marvel at the white architecture decorated with glass, mirrors and intricate carvings. After eating delicious lunch at a local Thai restaurant, travel to Wat Rong Suea Ten Buddhist temple which showcases Buddhist art in blue design work by Puttha Kabkaew or Salanok, a student of Ajarn Chalermchai, before returning to Chiang Mai. Ending a wonderful full day tour.

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What people are saying about Chiang Rai

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 434 reviews

This was an incredible day. Non is an amazing guide, and did his best to make us comfortable and happy. He shared a lot of Thai culture, showed us to local temples and food, which made for an unforgettable day. One thing, which isn't Nonvs fault at all, is that the White Temple is really beautiful in the outside, but the inside is a little distracting with all the superhero paintings. All the other ones were absolutely incredible. Thank you Non!

The tour was very nice and the guide Nong was very good in explaining everything and sympathetic. He would always give an explanation about the temples and offer to clear out any question after the visit. The trip was very well organized I really enjoyed. Chiang Rai really worth the visit.

Loved seeing the White Temple. It is as beautiful as it looks in the pictures. Because of Covid, a lot of things at the Golden Triangle were closed. It was interesting to visit the Opium museum and look across the River to Myanmar and Laos, but we are not convinced it was worth the drive.

We had a great trip to Chiang Rai - our guide Sammy totally made it. He shared so much knowledge with us - not only about the area we visited but more broadly about Thai culture, politics and life. Thank you Sammy!!

The whole trip was amazing and our tour guide Tim did an amazing job. he was very well informed, funny and organized. Would go again in a heart beat.