Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Chiang Rai

Mae Fah Luang Art & Culture Park

In addition to a museum that houses one of Thailand’s biggest collections of Lanna artefacts, this vast, meticulously landscaped compound includes antique and contemporary art, Buddhist temples and other structures.…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chiang Rai Province

Wat Rong Khun

Whereas most of Thailand’s Buddhist temples have centuries of history, Wat Rong Khun’s construction began in 1997 by noted Thai painter-turned-architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. Seen from a distance, the temple appea…
Top Choice Museum in Chiang Rai Province

Baan Dum

The bizarre brainchild of Thai National Artist Thawan Duchanee, and a rather sinister counterpoint to Wat Rong Khun, Baan Dum unites several structures, most of which are stained black and ominously decked out with …
Buddhist Temple in Chiang Rai

Wat Phra Kaew

Originally called Wat Pa Yia (Bamboo Forest Monastery) in the local dialect, this is the city’s most revered Buddhist temple. The main prayer hall is a medium-sized, well-preserved wooden structure. The octagonal ch…
Museum in Chiang Rai

Hilltribe Museum & Education Center

This museum and cultural centre is a good place to visit before undertaking any hill-tribe trek. Run by the nonprofit Population & Community Development Association (PDA), the venue has displays that are underwh…
Museum in Chiang Rai

Oub Kham Museum

This slightly zany museum houses an impressive collection of paraphernalia from virtually every corner of the former Lanna kingdom. The items, some of which truly are one of a kind, range from a monkey-bone food tas…
Museum in Sop Ruak

Hall of Opium

One kilometre north of Sop Ruak on a 40-hectare plot opposite the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort & Spa, the Mae Fah Luang Foundation has established the 5600-sq-metre Hall of Opium. The multimedia exhibitions i…
Buddhist Temple in Chiang Rai

Wat Phra Singh

This temple dates back to the late 14th century, and its oldest surviving original buildings are typical northern Thai–style wooden structures with low, sweeping roofs. The main wí·hăhn (sanctuary) houses impressive…
Buddhist Temple in Sop Ruak

Phra Chiang Saen Si Phaendin

The first sight you’ll inevitably see in Sop Ruak is Phra Chiang Saen Si Phaendin, a giant Buddha statue financed by a Thai-Chinese foundation. The statue straddles a boatlike platform, and visitors here are encoura…
Market in Mae Salong (Santikhiri)

Morning Market

A tiny but quite interesting morning market convenes at the T-intersection near Shin Sane Guest House. The market attracts town residents and tribespeople from the surrounding districts.