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Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand

Posted by Cherish Germaine on 6/20/16 1:00 PM


Perhaps you've heard of Chiang Rai, or maybe you're just looking for awesome places to go in Thailand. Either way, we recommend you spend a day exploring this top travel destination. Chiang Rai is a smaller city in northern Thailand. With that being said, you really only need to spend a day exploring. Here are some tops things to see...

  • Wat Rong Khun
  • The Night Market 
  • Ride an Ostrich
  • The old Chiang Rai Airport
  • The Golden Clock Tower

Wat Rong Khun

Also known as the White Temple, this is the top tourist attraction in Chiang Rai. Chances are this will be your number one stop once you get here. Wat Rong Khun is small in size but has over the top architectural design with intricate details. Spend a couple minutes admiring and then head inside and be amazed at just how over the top this Buddhist temple really is.

Everything about this temple is very symbolic. You're passing through hell and making your way to heaven, so you'll see that symbolism all along the path you're led through.  Just wait until you get into "heaven".  Thailand's version of what heaven looks like is definitely going to make your jaw drop. Cliff hanger. Sorry, but you just gotta go see it for yourself since cameras aren't allowed in Thai heaven


Ride an Ostrich

Head over to Wana Horse and Ostrich farm and you can ride an ostrich! There are plenty of ostriches to choose from along with many other animals to pet and see. Definitely worth checking out. 


The Old Chiang Rai Airport

Into exploring abandoned places? The Old Chiang Rai Airport was constructed back during WWII and then closed in the late 1990's. The buildings are completely abandoned and are waiting for you to explore. The old runway is now a park and is a great place to have a picnic and interact with some of the locals. 


The Golden Clock Tower

Unveiled in 2008 to celebrate the King, the Golden Clock Tower is an incredible piece of art that serves as a traffic circle where Thanon Jet Yot street meets Thanon Baanpa Pragarn street . Visit from 7pm-9pm and you’ll be treated to a light and sound show as the clock chimes the hour. It is a surreal experience watching tuk-tuks, cars and motorbikes continue to drive around the clock tower as it changes color from gold to green to pink and blue. 


The Night Market 

No trip to Chiang Rai is complete without a visit to the local night market. Open from 6pm-midnight, the night market is a great place to go and grab some of those souvenirs you've been waiting to get. Click here to view some of the cheapest things to buy in Thailand. 


When you're done exploring Chiang Rai, take a short 1 1/2 hour bus ride down to Chiang Mai and have the opportunity to ride an elephant and get up close and personal with tigers! 

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