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How to Spend 2 Days in Chiang Rai

How to Spend 2 Days in Chiang Rai

Two days in Chiang Rai gives you time to take in the city sights, experience local culture and cuisine, and discover Thailand’s northern highlands. Plan ahead to maximize your time and choose tours that combine multiple destinations for the best value. Here’s how to spend two days in Chiang Rai.

Day 1: Follow the Temple Trail

Morning: Opting for a city tour ensures that you maximize your time in Chiang Rai and see all of the city’s landmarks. City tours usually cover the contemporary Wat Rong Sear Tean (Blue Temple); the ancient Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Phra Singh; and the Hill Tribe Museum, which details the region’s ethnic minorities.

Afternoon: Devote the afternoon to the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), one of Thailand’s most iconic temples; visit with a guide to discover hidden details. Afterwards, stroll around the gardens and tea plantations of Singha Park, or hike through the rainforest and cool off with a swim at Khun Korn Waterfall.

Night: Continue sightseeing into the evening on a night tour by tuk tuk or trishaw. Stop to watch the nightly light and music show at the Clock Tower and admire the illuminated King Mengrai Monument. For a cultural feast, opt for a traditional Thai dinner show, which combines regional cuisine with live music and folk dance performances.

Day 2: Thailand’s Golden Triangle

Morning: Chiang Rai is the gateway to Thailand’s Golden Triangle, the meeting point of Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. With just one day to explore, look for a day trip that combines a visit to the Golden Triangle with a stop at one of the region’s ethnic minority villages, or opt for a private tour and devise a personalized itinerary.

Afternoon: The village of Chiang Saen is the last stop before arriving at the meeting point of the three countries. Spend some time exploring the village’s ancient ruins; visit the Hall of Opium museum; or enjoy a longboat cruise on the Mekong River.

Night: Spend your final night browsing Chiang Rai Night Market. This is the best place to purchase unique souvenirs or traditional handicrafts, but it’s also renowned for its delicious street food. Order a bowl of khanom jeen nam ngiao (spicy noodle soup) or sample khao soi (a coconut based curry), both popular northern Thai dishes.

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The Highlights of Chiang Rai and the Akha Experience

The Highlights of Chiang Rai and the Akha Experience

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Explore Chiang Rai on a full-day private tour with a professional guide. Visit Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park to see temple artifacts, botanical gardens, and traditional teakwood houses; admire artifacts from the Thai royal family at Oub Kham Museum; and marvel at the truly unique temple-as-art-exhibit of Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Enhance your experience of northern Thailand's rich culture as you sample authentic northern Thai dishes at a local restaurant and browse the vendors at the central market.
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Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai

Private Tour: Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle Tour from Chiang Rai

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Enjoy the best of Thailand’s culture, traditions and destinations with this private tour of Hill Tribes and the Golden Triangle from Chiang Rai. Your full-day adventure makes stops at Mae Chan, where you’ll visit the Yao and Akha hill tribe villages on your way from Chiang Rai. Traveling with a private guide insures all of your needs and desires are met, since the flexible excursion can be tailored to your interests. This exclusive experience allows you to enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional and western cuisine and pay a visit to the northern tip of the country where you’ll see the Thai-Burma border and wander the bustling public market.
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Half-Day Temples and City Private Tour of Chiang Rai

Half-Day Temples and City Private Tour of Chiang Rai

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Visit the temples of Chiang Rai on this 4-hour tour. You'll see historical sites such as Wat Phra Singh and ornate architecture like Wat Rong Khun, plus visit Oub Kham Museum to learn about the Lanna kingdom. When booking, select the tour option that matches your circumstances as either a solo or group traveler and for pickup in the city or the Golden Triangle.
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Chiang Rai Night Tour by TUK TUK

Chiang Rai Night Tour by TUK TUK

Don’t get disoriented by the crowds and excitement when exploring Chiang Rai at night. Instead, follow a guide around the city after dark and enjoy a personalized experience on this small-group tour. Ramble around some of Chiang Rai’s busy markets and try your luck at haggling for jewelry, clothes, and souvenirs at the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar. Navigate the city streets and see its sights at sunset in an iconic tuk-tuk.
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Chiang Rai by Night with Show, Dinner and Trishaw Ride

Chiang Rai by Night with Show, Dinner and Trishaw Ride

Discover the highlights of Chiang Rai after dark on this nimble small-group city tour. Instead of lumbering around in a crowded tour bus, take a trishaw around the city streets, passing by lit-up landmarks including the King Mengrai Monument. Enjoy dinner and a show at an outdoor theater, too; savor the flavors of Thai cuisine, not to mention the music and choreography of traditional Thai dance.
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