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Chiang Rai Town

King Mengrai Statue
Situated at the starting point of Highway 10 in the heart of the town.
King Mengrai Statue, Chiang Rai
A bronze statue of the founder of the Lanna Kingdom is situated at the starting point of Highway 110, which leads to Mae Chan, Chiang Saen and Mae Sai. Many tourists visit this monument to pay their respects to the ancient king and to have photos taken as souvenirs.

Wat Klang Wiang
Located on Uttarakit Road

Wat Klang Wiang, Chiang Rai
(Photo by courtesy of TAT)

Wat Klang Wiang, an ancient temple built in 1432, features contemporary Lanna’s art and has its interesting history back to over 500 years. In the past, the temple was also known as Wat Chan Lok because a big “Chan” tree (Red Sandal Wood) was located in there. And after a geological survey, it was found that the temple was situated right at the centre point of the city. Therefore, a city pillar was erected inside. In 1903, a heavy storm caused the tree to crash down on the convocation hall, which led to the renovation but this time a stupa was built where the tree used to be.

Wat Ngammuang
Located on Doi Ngammuang

Wat Ngammuang, Chiang Rai
(Photo by courtesy of TAT)

Wat Ngammuang is an important ancient temple in Chiang Rai Province as it houses King Meng Rai’s ashes. After being constructed in 1489, the temple was once renovated in 1677 before it had been abandoned for many years. The latest restoration was done in 1952 and the temple has become lively again.

Wat Phra Sing
Located on Singhakhlai Road
Wat Phra Sing, Chiang Rai
This temple is a fine example of Lanna Thai architecture. The famous Phra Phuttha (Buddha) Sing image housed here is believed to be built in 157 A.D. in Sri Lanka or Ceylon and was brought to Thailand in the Sukhothai period (1238-1438)

Wat Phra Kaeo
Located on Trairat Road
Wat Phra Kaeo, Chiang Rai
This temple is the original place where the Emerald Buddha (now housed in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok) was found in 1354. Now the temple houses a jade Buddha image which was made to commemorate the 90th birthday of the late Princess Mother.

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong
Located on the hilltop overlooking the Kok River
This temple features an ancient pagoda which predates the founding of Chiang Rai as the capital of Lanna Thai.

Wat Rong Khun
Located in Pa Or Donchai District, Muang County, Chiang Rai Province
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai
Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun is situated at the entrance to Khun Kon waterfall, 12 km to Muang County of Chiang Rai Province. The temple has been designed and constructed by a famous Thai artist named Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. The construction of this contemporary temple is the artist’s lifework. Even though the temple has not been finished, its striking architecture has attracted many tourists who would like to see the great Buddhist arts. The ubosot of this temple is in pure white and adorned with exquisite traditional Thai style stuccowork, aiming to represent heaven.


Khun Kon Waterfall Forest Park
30 km south of Chiang Rai town along route 1211
Khun Kon Waterfall , Chiang Rai
The 70-metre high Khun Kon or Tat Mok Waterfall is the highest and most beautiful in the province. Surrounded with dense wood, the area is also good for hiking.

Kok River
Running through the heart of Chiang Rai, this 130-km-long charming river is reputed as among the most scenic and unspoiled rivers still existing in Thailand. Along the banks there are thick jungles, mountain cliffs and many hilltribe villages, some of which are highlighted in tour programs. Elephant riding and trekking are also offered at some villages.
Kok river, Chiang Rai
The stream flows gently most of the way except a series of rapids near the lower reaches of the river, making the trip more exciting. It takes 3 days and 2 nights to cover the 80-km distance by raft from Tha Ton of Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai town. River trips to and from Chiang Rai by long-tail boats are also organized regularly. The trip takes about 4-5 hrs.

Somdet Phra Si Nakarin Park
Situated on Chiang Rai - Mae Chan route 8 kilometres from town and behind Ratchaphat Institute
This large 620-rai scenic park includes botanical gardens, palm and bamboo gardens and a big lotus pond covering an area of 223 rai and is ideal for a relaxing stroll or a holiday picnic. (1rai = 1,600 sq m or 0.395 acre)

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

Parks

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

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