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The first-timers travel guide to chiang rai, thailand


Thailand, a travel destination for numerous travelers, globetrotters and tourists is a place not to be missed. With its vast culture, traditions and locations, Thailand is a leading country to attract most of the customers every year.



Bangkok being the most visited place, there are other place which have their own qualities and services. One of the places is Chiang Rai. Located in the northern part of Thailand, Chiang Rai is a charming city full of glories and attractions.



A perfect combo of Thai culture is tightly packed in Chiang Rai. Lush green nature, delicious traditional cuisines, friendly locals and the famous Wats (Temples) makes the destination a must visit. Explore the local part of Thailand after having a luxurious walk in Bangkok.

Travelling to Chiang Rai

If you are planning to travel to Chiang Rai from Bangkok then there are many ways in which you can travel to this beautiful city.

1. By Flight

There are many airlines connecting Bangkok with Chiang Rai and some of them are Bangkok Airways, Smile Air, Nok Air, Air Asia, VietJat etc. The total duration of travel from Bangkok to Chiang Rai through flight is 1 hour and 15 minutes approx.



The cost of flight will be around 1300-1500 Baht depending upon flights and date of booking. The code for the airport is CEI which stands for Chiang Rai International Airport. Upon landing, you can find ATM’s, Currency exchange centers, metered taxi stand.



The taxi allotted will take you t the desired destination and to reach the Chiang Rai downtown, it will cost between 120-150 Baht. Find a good Hotel and live your time in peace.

2. By Bus

Mostly, people take bus to travel between Bangkok and Chiang Rai as it is much convenient and takes less time. Total time taken by bus to reach Chiang Rai from Bangkok is over 3 hours and you can find some best buses with services like bathroom, snacks, blankets, pillows etc.



You can book bus from sites like 12go Asia etc. The cost for one way will be between 450-600 Baht depending upon dates, buses and their services. There are express buses which are cheaper and then some VIP bus which is costly due to different services provided to the customers.

Weather

Chiang Rai has a tropical monsoon climate and remains generally hot and humid throughout the year. Best time to Visit Chiang Rai is between Octobers to March as the temperature is bearable and rainfall is minimum. Still, you never know when it’s going to rain.

May is the hottest month and August has the maximum rainfall.

Currency

The currency of Bangkok is Thai Baht.

1 Thai Baht = 2.2 Rupees on an average. You can exchange the currency on any Airport.



Language

The language in Chiang Rai is Thai. ‘S̄wạs̄dī’ means ‘Hello’, ‘Kob Kun Krub’ means ‘Thank You’ for men and for women it’s ‘Kob Kun Ka’. There is a little difference between a male language and female language, so make sure you don’t get confused and confuse them about your gender.

Places to Visit

Chiang Rai is full of different attractions and offers a lot to experience and explore. Some of the best places to visit are:

1. Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of Emerald Buddha)

The Wat Phra Kaew is the most important temple of Thailand. It is located in the centre of the city and has a rich history and culture. It is also called as ‘The Temple of Emerald Buddha’.



This is because it houses an Emerald Buddha which is a Buddha image in meditating position dated 15th century AD carved from a single piece of jade. It is the most sacred and respected object in Thailand and people believe that the fortune and prosperity of Thailand depends upon it.



Address: 19 Trairat Rd, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Opening Hours: The temple is open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM.

2. Wat Rong Khun

Chiang Rai is very well known for this Wat (Temple) due to the unique beauty and look. The Wat Rong Khun which is also called as the ‘The White Temple’ is located in the province of Chiang Rai. It is a privately owned art-exhibit.


As the name says, the temple is all white in color and is made of plaster. The plaster is embedded with small mirrors which make the temple shine all day long. This beautiful temple was made by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it in 1997 for visitors.


The Buddhist architecture is one of the most beautiful temples in the world. Many people travel especially from different places to witness the beauty of this temple. The entry to this temple is free for visitors.

Entry Cost: The entry cost to this temple is 50 Baht per person.

Opening Hours: The temple is open from 6:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Best time to visit is either at early morning or the time before closing to avoid the huge crowd.

3. Baan Dam Museum (Black House)

Also known as the ‘Black House’, Baan Dam Museum is a home and studio of a late National Artist of Thailand, Thawan Duchanee. The landscaped garden is all green and lush nature, and also comprises of 40 different buildings equipped with different art and traditional pieces.


The largest building is located near the main entrance of the temple. The buildings are of different sizes and shapes. The building’s exterior looks splendid due to unique designs and decorations and are made of teak wood. The grand gate welcomes visitors to show the collection of art and sculpture of Thawan Duchanee.


Address: 13 Tambon Nang Lae, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand

Opening Hours: The temple is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Best time to visit is either at early morning or the time before closing to avoid the huge crowd.

Entry Cost: The entry cost to this temple is 80 Baht per person.

4. Wat Rong Sear Tean (The Blue Temple)

Constructed by the students of Chalermchai Kositpipat, Wat Rong Sear Tean is another unique temple in Chiang Rai which has its unique feature. The temple is all golden and blue in colour and is also known as ‘Blue Temple’.


The Buddhist temple has a big statue of Buddha white in color and covered in all blue interiors. This place is so unique that one must visit this place.


The entry to this temple is free for visitors and the best time to visit is early morning.

Address: Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand

Entry Fee: The entry is free.

Where to Stay

1. Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

Just 4 KM from Wat Phra Kaew, Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort is a best resort to enhance the visiting experience in Chiang Rai. The traditional Thai architecture of the hotel gives a pleasant feeling and curiosity.


There are different services provided like stylish rooms, flat-screen TVs, rainfall showers, free Wi-Fi, minibars, tea and coffeemakers in the room. You may spend at most a week in Chiang Rai to explore it fully and if you don’t have the time then 2-3 days are sufficient.

Address: 221 / 2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road Tambon Robwieng, Amphur Muang Tambon Robwieng, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Cost: The rooms will cost around 6500-7500 INR for two people depending upon date of booking and availability.

2. Chiang Rai Hotel

If you want a hotel located in the centre of the city and close to services as well as cheap, then Chiang Rai Hotel is the best option that you can get. The rooms are huge, services are available and the most amazing thing is that it’s located in the centre of the city.


It’s just a minute walk away from the famous Clock Tower of Chiang Rai, bus stop (Terminal 1) is also near and also the Night Bazaar to enjoy the night life.

Address: 519 Suk Sathit Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Cost: The rooms will cost around 6500-7500 INR for two people depending upon date of booking and availability.

Cuisines and Restaurants

The most famous and traditional food in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai is Khao Soi. It is a Burmese-influenced cuisine and is served over the entire place. It is basically crispy & soft egg noodles served in a curry made of coconut milk and meat (chicken or beef).


Fish and shrimp Soi is also available but chicken is preferred most by the visitors. The dish is topped with chopped onion, pickled cabbage etc. This is the only dish which is must to try when having a trip to Chiang Rai.

Kho Soi Phor Jai

You may find multiple restaurants serving Khao Soi, but the traditional dish is not that traditional at every place. One of the restaurants to try the real traditional taste of the dish is Kho Soi Phor Jai. The restaurant is always packed with local and foreign customers.


Address: Jetod Rd, ROP wiangt, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand.

Opening Hours: The restaurant is open from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day throughout the week.

Cost: One bowl of Khao Soi costs 40 Baht. Different variety may have different taste.

Night Life

Chiang Rai is not a big city and can be covered on foot if you are a person who can walk. The city is not very much known for its night life. There are not any clubs or bars to enjoy but still a city can be enjoyed without booze and girls.



Chiang Rai Night Bazaar

The Night Market is walking distance from the Clock Tower and the Chiang Rai Hotel. There is a big sign saying ‘Chiang Rai Night Market’ at the very start. The bazaar is visited by thousands of visitors daily.


The Night Bazaar is decorated with hanging lights and there are multiple shops selling everything from food, snacks and drinks to electronics, handicrafts, souvenirs, etc. The market is not much expensive and vast enough to select different piece of memories.

Address: Wiang, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Opening Hours: The market is open from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM throughout the week.

The shopping and eating experience in the Bazaar will be worth remembering for sure. You can spend your late nights hanging around the city, talking to locals, knowing about the places or just in your hotel revising the day.

Chiang Rai Is a must visit place and is worth remembering. So, if you are planning to have a trip to Thailand, don’t miss Chiang Rai.


Enjoy.


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