Welcome to Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai Province has such a diversity of attractions that its capital is often overlooked. This small delightful city is worth getting to know, however, with its relaxed atmosphere, good-value accommodation and great local food. It’s also the logical base from which to plan excursions to the more remote corners of the province... Read More
Top experiences in Chiang Rai
Sights in Chiang RaiSee all sights
Getting there and away: flights
Find best fares and routes, browse dates, book seats
Getting around: local transportation
Expert info on getting around fast and at the right price
Getting there and away: land
Crossing borders and international ground transport
Getting around: taxi
For short hops and the quick way home
Chiang Rai adventures
Chiang Rai and Golden Triangle Day Tour from Chiang Mai
A chance to visit the famous Golden Triangle where the borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos meet! An early morning drive through beautiful scenery, with a stop at the Hot Springs at Maekajan, culminates in the chance to explore this world -famous spot, notorious for its opium trade!From a viewpoint set high on the hillside, there are magnificent views over the Mae Khong River to the physical triangle made by Burma, Laos and Thailand at the confluence of the Ruak and Mekong River. For a small fee, you can also enjoy the boat ride to view the splendor of mighty Mae Khong River.Continue on to Mae Sai, the farther-most northern trading border between Thailand and Burma, where local lunch is provided. On the return journey stops are made at Akha and Yao hilltribe villages.
Private Tour: Hill Tribe Villages and Tea Plantation from Chiang Rai
Explore the hill tribe villages of northern Thailand and visit a tea plantation on this private tour from Chiang Rai. Throughout the day you’ll see hill tribe villages and learn from your guide about the traditions of the people you meet. Complete your day with a hike along a mountain road near the Thai-Myanmar border and a stop for tea at one of Mae Salong’s famous tea plantations. After morning pickup at your hotel, you’ll head north with your professional guide into the jungle-covered mountains outside of Chiang Rai. Your car climbs winding roads with spectacular scenery – have your camera handy to snap photos! While ascending the mountain, you'll stop in an Akha and a Yao village and get a glimpse of their daily life. Your local guide will explain the distinguishing features of each hill tribes' traditional garments and languages. Next you’ll arrive at the primarily Shan village of Thoet Thai. Admire the Shan temple and learn about Shan culture and religious practices. Don't let the serene atmosphere of today's village fool you, it once served as the headquarters of notorious drug lord Khun Sa's operations until the Thai army forced him out in 1982, after a long battle to eradicate the opium trade. After hearing the incredible story of Khun Sa, drive to a scenic vista point where you'll stop for a picnic lunch. Afterward head to the Chinese Haw village of Phaya Prai and walk along a gorgeous mountain path near the Thai-Myanmar border while your guide tells you about this region's shift from opium poppy cultivation to tea production. You'll then drive to the Choui Fong Tea plantation in Mae Salong. At nearly 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above sea level, the cool climate is excellent for tea cultivation. You'll learn about the tea-making process from your guide as you stroll through the tea fields, then take a break for an oolong tea tasting at the plantation’s tearoom. Check out the gift shop if you'd like to buy some tea to bring home. When you’re rejuvenated, you will drive to the Akha village of Laoma to finish your tour. Your driver will then return you to your Chiang Rai hotel in the late afternoon.
Overnight Hmong Hill Tribe Eco Tour from Chiang Rai
Lanjia Lodge is an community-based lodge nestled high on a hill in Chiang Rai Province, northern Thailand. It offers hill tribe tours that combine hill tribe experience with eco-friendly activities such as hiking, tree planting and Hmong batik class.
2-Day Hill Tribe Walking Experience
Nestled on a hill In Chiang Rai Province, is the community based eco-friendly Lanjia Lodge. Over 2 days you will immerse yourself in the local way of life through hiking, tree planting and meeting with a local shaman for tea. Your hosts, the proud Hmong and Lahu villagers, will take you on a life changing and very personal hill tribe experience.
3-Day Tour Exploring the Golden Triangle by Bike
A great 3-day getaway into the peaceful countrysides of Chiang Rai where we cycle a total of 73mi (118km) over the course of three days, exploring the famous Golden Triangle and other natural and historic attractions along the way.