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Chiang Rai
Overview

Located in the far north of Thailand, and often in the shadow of its neighbour Chiang Mai when it comes to tourism, the city of Chiang Rai is situated in one the Thailand’s most rural provinces. However, this ‘gateway to the Golden Triangle’ is much more of a laid-back town and has many cultural sites to explore.

 

Half of the border of the Chiang Rai province is enclosed to the n

Essential Information: When to go and what you'll need

Temperature (Avg.monthly °c)
Rainfall (Avg.monthly mm)
January
27°c
February
28°c
March
32°c
April
29°c
May
29°c
June
29°c
July
28°c
August
28°c
September
27°c
October
28°c
November
27°c
December
27°c
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Getting Around

Chiang Rai is quite a bit smaller than its neighbour Chiang Mai and therefore getting around the city is generally much easier. Unless you plan to venture further afield away from the city, you will generally be able to explore quite easily on foot. If not, hail a tuk-tuk for a short exhilarating trip around the city.

Your Guide to Chiang Rai
Things to do
Places to go
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Monkey Temple


Monkey Temple, named after the macaques that live there, but also known as Fish Tail Cave due to its fish tail shape, this place is well worth a visit if you are not scared of the dark or enjoy walking into the relative unknown. The initial 200 stone-step climb brings you to the cave, inside which is pitch black but houses a Burmese-style bejeweled Bhudda image. Venture to the other end, to enjoy the amazing view of the lush jungle below which borders Thailand, Myanmar and Laos – The Golden Triangle.

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Hill Tribe Museum


Both a museum showcasing typical clothing for many of the local hill tribe folk and slideshows about these tribes as well as a handicraft centre selling all manner of souvenirs and gifts traditionally found and made in the region, this education centre is a great place to visit before undertaking any hill-tribe treks. It will educate you on the importance of the hill tribes, their history and also provide you with some valuable information on what to expect when you visit these villages.

Where to go in Chiang Rai

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