Buddhist Temple in Wat Rong Khun

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…
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.…
Museum in Around Chiang Rai

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 Jet Yot

The seven-spired chedi at Wat Jet Yot is similar to that of its Chiang Mai namesake but without stucco ornamentation. Of more aesthetic interest is the wooden ceiling of the front verandah of the main wí·hăhn, which…
Buddhist Temple in Chiang Rai

Wat Klang Wiang

This temple appears contemporary but probably dates back at least 500 years. Extensive remodelling in the early 1990s has left several structures in the temple with a unique ‘modern Lanna’ style, but the elegant hŏ…
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 displays are underwhelming in their…
Notable Building in Doi Tung & Around

Doi Tung Royal Villa

On the theory that local hill tribes would be so honoured by a royal presence that they would stop cultivating opium, the late Princess Mother (the current king's mother) built the Doi Tung Royal Villa, a summer pal…
Museum in Chiang Saen

Chiang Saen National Museum

This museum is a great source of local information considering its relatively small size.
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 boat-like platform, and visitors here are encour…
Museum in Sop Ruak

House of Opium

This small museum with historical displays pertaining to opium culture is worth a peek. Exhibits include all the various implements used in the planting, harvest, use and trade of the Papaver somniferum resin, inclu…