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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 Rai: 2-Day Private White Temple & Golden Triangle

5. Chiang Rai: 2-Day Private White Temple & Golden Triangle

Departing from Chiang Mai, your first visit will be at a hot springs. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant. Continue your journey to White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), a dazzling temple built in 1990. Its ornate all-white exterior with embedded pieces of mirror gives it a resplendent appearance which marks it as one of the most beautiful temples. Visit the Black House (Baan Dam), an original contemporary art museum before heading to your hotel in Chiang Rai. Start your second day at Choui Fong Tea Plantation, well-known for its grand view and the highest quality traditional teas cultivated. As the site is located on the hill, you will be able to get great scenery of the land. Continue to Wat Rong Sua Ten (the Blue Temple), which is famous for its magnificent blue interior with a large white Buddha that marks the spirits. The paintings are reminiscent of the style that you can see inside the White Temple. Next, you will visit Doi Tung, the former king mother's botanical garden in the mountain.  Continue to Chiang Sean for a panoramic view of the Golden Triangle, where Laos, Myanmar and Thailand meet the mighty Mekong River. it will be a good combination tour of the nature, culture and traditions as well as the beautiful landscapes (optional boat ride on the mighty Mae Khong River). Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and continue to explore Chiang Rai history at Opium Museum and head back to Chiang Mai by 6:00 PM. 

Chiang Rai: Small Group Sightseeing Tour

6. Chiang Rai: Small Group Sightseeing Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Rai around 9:30 AM. First stop is the Chiang Rai White Temple, a unique and impressive temple known worldwide for its alternative figures and drawings. Then, visit the Big Buddha, an impressive figure at the top of a small hill. Go up inside the Buddha's head and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside. Next stop is Black House, a group of houses decorated using a lot of different color blacks, and then discover the Blue Temple, with its impressive murals.  Finally, make a visit to the "Long neck tribe". Admire the local villagers' unique outfits and handmade crafts. Then journey back to your hotel in Chiang Rai, where you will arrive around 4:00 PM.

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

7. 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 Wat Rong Khun

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 852 reviews

Very nice tour. Mai was a good guide and Mr Lee was an excellent driver. We switched the itinerary around to avoid busy tourist times which was a nice idea. You’ll be on the road for a while so bring some music or a book. Overall, it was a worthwhile experience and great for taking pictures.

Our tour guide Mona and driver were absolutely great! Both very sweet and accommodating. Allowed us to pick and choose the places we did and did not want to see since it was a private tour. Took photos and videos for us when needed. Just absolutely amazing! We loved them.

Faith was a great guide. He was very enthusiastic and entertaining too. He had a great sense of humour. The white and blue temples were stunning. The black house was OK. I found the grounds more interesting than the gallery itself. Would recommend this tour.

Anna was great! She is knowledgeable, caring and sensitive to each of our needs. My family fully enjoyed this private tour and all the photos that she had helped us to take! Thumps up to Anna! :D

May was great and very informative. She was always willing to answer our questions and give us history on each temple.