Chiang Rai : Attractions

Chiang Rai is located at the northern tip of Thailand, bordering Myanmar on the north and Laos on the east. Of its area of 11,678 square kilometers, more than three quarters are mountains. Yet, because of its fertile soil, plentiful water supplies and favourable climate, it has a surplus of rice and also produces large quantities of maize, beans, tobacco, longans, lychees and strawberries.
Chiang Rai is among the oldest towns of Thailand. It was founded in 1262 by King Mengrai (who also built Chiang Mai in 1296), and was the first capital of Lanna Thai Kingdom. Chiang Rai was occupied by Myanmar from 1558 until 1774 when it became part of Siam once again.

Mostly consisting of mountains and forests, its main tourist attractions lies in scenic places, such as national parks, botanical gardens, caves and waterfalls. Chiang Rai's attractions are divided according to the counties they belong to as follows:

Counties (Districts)

If you want to find some specific places, see the lists on the right.

Note : The names of some attractions may appear in more than one place but with the same data.

Chiang Rai Attraction List
Cultural Attractions
Wat (Buddhist Temples) 
Wat Klang Wiang
Wat Ngammuang
Wat Pa Sak
Wat Phra Kaeo
Wat Phra Sing
Wat Phra That Chedi Luang
Wat Phra That Chom Kitti
Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong
•• Wat Phra That Doi Tung
Wat Rong Khun
Chiang Saen National Museum
The Hall of Opium, Golden Triangle Park
Hilltribe Development & Welfare Centre
Hilltribe Villages
King Mengrai Statue
Natural Attractions


Doi Luang National Park
Khun Kon Waterfall Forest Park
Mae Fa Luang Garden
Somdet Phra Si Nakarin Park
Doi (Mount)
Doi Mae Salong
Doi Pha Tang
Doi Tung Area
Doi Tung Royal Villa
Phu Chi Fa
Chiang Saen Lake
Golden Triangle (or Sop Ruak)
Khun Nam Nang Non
Kok River
Tham Pha Chom
Tham (cave) Pum, Tham Pla & Tham Phayanak

•• Popular Attractions
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