1. Visit the White Temple

The White Temple, also known as Wat Rong Khun, is one of the most famous tourist spots of Chiang Rai – and for a reason. The gleaming white structure with intricate details is a sight to behold.

2. Visit the Black House

The Black House, also called the Baan Dam, is located on the outskirts of Chiang Rai. It is actually a collection of painted wooden houses that feature art by Thai artists.

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3. Visit the Blue Temple

The Blue Temple, or the Wat Rong Seua Ten, is another spectacular contemporary temple in Chiang Rai. True to its name, the majority of the temple is vibrant blue. It also has gold details and interesting painted patters on the inside.

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4. Watch the Light Show at Clock Tower

This is one of the most popular things to do at Chiang Rai at night. Light Tower, designed by the same artist who did the White Temple, is set in the middle of a bustling traffic intersection. After dark it kicks offs a colourful light show at set interval times.

5. Wander through Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar is a hub of entertainment. It opens after 6 p.m and is another popular place to hangout at night. There are also stalls dotted around the bazaar from where you could purchase a variety of goods, food courts to eat at and live shows for entertainment.

6. Hike to the Pu Kaeng Waterfall

Pu Kaeng Waterfall, located in Doi Luang National Park, is one of the most beautiful sights in Thailand. It is a 9 tiered waterfall cascading through the middle of a dense jungle. Because it is surrounded by wildlife, it takes a 45 minutes hike to reach it.

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7. Check out King Mengrai Monument

This is an interesting sight to visit and learn about  Thai history.The King Mengrai Monument, located close to the centre of the town, is a tribute to King Mengrai, who established the Lanna Kingdom of northern Thailand (Chiang Rai and Chaing Mai) back in 1296.

8. Go hiking in Phu Chi Fa

Going hiking in Phu Chi Fa gives you the chance to stand amidst the clouds and watch the sunrise. It offers one of Chiang Rai’s most scenic view. Phu Chi Fa is a 2 to 2.5 hours drive from Chiang Rai, and it is best visited at the crack of dawn to be able to enjoy the sunrise.

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9. Feed Elephants at an elephant sanctuary

This is an incredible place that rescues elephants who were once used for logging or riding and provides them a safe place. You can choose between spending the full or half day at the sanctuary, and feed the elephants, see the elephants enjoy themselves, and finish with an authentic Thai lunch.

10. Bike around SINGHA PARK

Renting a bike to explore the Singha park is a fun way to spend time. You could watch animas, flowers and statues; or visit the tea plantation which is also open to tourists. The park also hosts events throughout the year like Chiang Rai Balloon Fiesta. It is not necessary to rent a bike, but recommended.

All pictures (except tea plantation) by: Thanate Tan (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I am a Thai travel consultant with 20 years of experience in providing tips and supports for leisure and business travel to Thailand.