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Lung Eed

One of Chiang Rai’s most delicious dishes is available at this simple shophouse restaurant. There’s an English-language menu on the wall, but don’t miss the sublime Lap kai (minced chicken fried with local spices an…
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.…
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…
Thai in Chiang Rai

Rosprasert Muslim Food

This open-air restaurant next to the mosque on Th Isaraparb dishes up tasty Thai-Muslim favourites, including kôw mòk gài (the Thai version of chicken biryani).
Market in Chiang Rai

Night Bazaar

Adjacent to the bus station off Th Phahonyothin is Chiang Rai’s night market. On a much smaller scale than the one in Chiang Mai, it is nevertheless an OK place to find an assortment of handicrafts and touristy souv…
Cafe in Chiang Rai

BaanChivitMai Bakery

In addition to a proper cup of joe made from local beans, you can snack on surprisingly authentic Swedish-style sweets and Western-style meals and sandwiches at this popular bakery. Profits go to BaanChivitMai, an o…
Cafe in Chiang Rai

Doi Chaang

Doi Chaang is the leading brand among Chiang Rai coffees, and its beans are now sold as far abroad as Canada and Europe.
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…
Northern Thai in Chiang Rai

Paa Suk

Paa Suk does big, rich bowls of kà·nŏm jeen nám ngée·o (a broth of pork or beef and tomatoes served over fresh rice noodles). The restaurant is between Soi 4 and Soi 5 of Th Sankhongnoi (the street is called Th …