5 Things to Do in Chiang Rai, Thailand
5 Things to Do in Chiang Rai, Thailand
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In this episode we take you to northern Thailand to the city of Chiang Rai. We start off by visiting one of the most famous temples in all of Thailand, Wat Phra Kaew also known at the Bamboo Forest Temple. The emerald Buddha was housed here in the 12th century before moving around South East Asia and finally making its way home to the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Next up we visit Wat Rong Khun aka the White Temple! It is located 13 kmâ€™s south of Chiang Rai and it's a must visit. It is owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed, constructed, and opened it to visitors in 1997. It is open all year round and admission is free.
At night you must visit Chiang Rai's night bazaar. Here you can buy dvd's, clothing and goods from the local hill tribes. It's the perfect place to have dinner, and we recommend skipping the restaurant and eating at the food court. If youâ€™re the adventurous type, try some crickets and worms like we did!
The next location we visit is the hill tribe villages about 25 minutes drive north of Chiang Rai. Here you will visit five different hill tribes, the most famous tribe is the Karen long-neck hill tribe. You will hear music, dance and interact with the tribes. You can also buy souvenirs for friends and family back home.
And lastly we visit the Saturday Night Walking Street. It's a night bazaar that is way bigger then the night bazaar and has over a hundred different foods stalls. I recommend coming early and seeing all the food before making a final decision on what to eat. The food was out of this world and I recommend you try northern Thailand's most popular dish Khao Soi. It's a mild coconut based curry served over soft egg noodles and topped and topped with crisp egg noodles. Its delicious!
So that was David's list of 5 things to do in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand.
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Traveling to Chiang Rai (เมืองเชียงราย), Northern Thailand
Chiang Rai (เมืองเชียงราย) is a city in northern Thailand that I’ve always wanted to visit, and finally I had a chance to go. Keep watching this video for all the details.
From Bangkok, I first bought a plane ticket with Bangkok Airways - it was also my first time to fly with Bangkok Airways, though I had heard good things about them before. Our flight was in the morning so we took a taxi in Bangkok to Suvarnabhumi International Airport to catch our flight. After we checked it, we headed to our gate, and were greeted by a nice little display of snacks and coffee and tea - not bad for just a one hour flight that cost less than $50! After eating some banana chips and a few cheese sandwiches, our flight to Chiang Rai was ready to board. On the flight Bangkok Airways served us even more food. It was a nice flight, and it took just one hour to fly from Bangkok to Chiang Rai.
After landing in Chiang Rai, we got our bag, and then took a taxi into town. Ying and had booked a hotel called Amarin Resort, as I needed a nice place to get some work done, and we were looking for a place to get some nice relaxation as well. I immediately loved the resort we were staying at - it was nice and extremely quiet, the grounds were nice and green, and our room was quite big in size and very comfortable. After checking into our hotel and relaxing for a bit, we then headed out to eat lunch at a famous northern Thai restaurant, which was actually located just a 5 minute walk from our hotel, known as Lu Lam. We ordered a number of different Thai dishes, including one of my favorite northern Thai foods, lab khua, minced pork with lots of spices. The entire meal was quite wonderful, and it was a delicious first meal in Chiang Rai. I also loved that the restaurant was located right along the river, offering a lovely and peaceful atmosphere.
During the summer, the sun in Chiang Rai is intensely hot, especially in the middle of the day. So after lunch, we decided to head back to the hotel and I needed to get some work done. I wrote some blogs before we headed out again in the afternoon at about 4 pm when the sun was toned down quite a bit. We headed into Chiang Rai town, and our first stop was to walk around the Chiang Rai clock tower, an incredibly intricate and ornate golden clock tower, sort of the landmark of downtown Chiang Rai city. We then continued walking, and soon found ourselves in the evening central market, a vibrant display of all things northern Thai food. I wanted to actually eat everything I saw, but I was actually still quite full from the delicious lunch we had eaten not too long before. I ended up buying some avocados and some passion fruit, two of my favorite natural things.
After walking around the local food market, we then headed over to check out the Chiang Rai night bazaar. It turned out to be a little on the touristy side, not so much my style, but it could be a good place to go if you travel to Chiang Rai and are looking to buy some souvenir. There’s a food court at the Chiang Rai night bazaar, so we stopped there for a quick and light bite to eat. I ordered a dish called jim jum, which is basically the Thai street food version of a hot pot. We got a pot of soup boiling in a clay pot, accompanied by a basket of vegetables, an egg, and some chicken, and then we just boiled everything together. It wasn’t the best meal of my life, it was alright, but I just wanted to eat something for dinner that wasn’t too heavy or meaty - as I had eaten quite a huge lunch!
My first day traveling from Bangkok to Chiang Rai was a wonderful day. I immediately fell in love with Chiang Rai, how peaceful it is, and I really love the northern Thai culture and the food.
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Join us as we visit Chiang Mai, Thailand in this travel guide exploring 20 things to do in Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่). Chiang Mai is a city in northern Thailand we've been visiting on and off for nearly half a decade because of its ideal weather, incredible food scene, night markets, street food, nature and nightlife. Whether you're interested in visiting elephants at the Elephant Nature Park or taking a Thai cooking class there is something for everyone here in Chiang Mai (清迈). Our Chiang Mai city guide will help you visit some off-the-beaten path Buddhist temples, taste authentic local Thai foods and ride around the city like a local in a Songthaew. Now let's get started exploring Chiang Mai (清邁), Thailand (ราชอาณาจักรไทย)!
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2) Wat Chedi Luang (วัดเจดีย์หลวง) Temple of the big royal stupa - 01:19
3) Wat Phra Singh (วัดพระสิงห์วรมหาวิหาร) royal buddhist temple - 02:19
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6) Chiang Mai Gate Food Market - 04:53
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10) Cooking class in Chiang Mai out in the countryside - 09:51
11) Wat Umong Suan Puthatham underground temple - 10:13
12) Wat Sakithaka Pha Lat temple hidden in the trees - 10:24
13) Wat Chedi Liam of ancient city Wiang Kum Kam - 10:29
14) Elephant Nature Park sanctuary and rescue centre - 10:34
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16) Thai food at Dash restaurant in Chiang Mai - 12:01
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Today we’re taking you around a city that we’ve been to many times before: Chiang Mai. Located in the heart of Northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is a growing city with laid back vibes, temples sprinkled around every corner, and a foodie scene that will make you drool. This is a destination where you come to unwind and that’s exactly what we did during our month long visit. Now let’s get started with this tour of Chiang Mai (清邁) so you can see what this city is all about:
One of the best things you can do in Chiang Mai is ditch the map and get lost inside the old city. It’s along the quiet back lanes that you’ll find cozy cafes, terracotta gardens, unvisited temples, and a little flavour of the old Chiang Mai.
As you’ve probably figured out, we’re not really into nightlife, but Chiang Mai does have lots of bars where you can enjoy a drink or two. We kept things light with a Chang beer.
And that’s a wrap for our visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand. We hope this video gave you a little taste of what this city is all about. We’ll be the first to tell you that we barely scratched the surface in terms of everything Chiang Mai (清迈) has to offer, but that being said, the goal of our time here was to relax, eat well, see friends, and catch up on work. As always, if you have any other suggestions of things to do, places to visit, and restaurants to eat at, feel free to share those with fellow travellers in the comments below. Until next time!
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Every year on the first weekend of February, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival is opened. With a parade which typically starts early on Saturday morning. The pretty girls atop the gaily decorated floats are candidates for the Miss competition.
Wat Chedi Luang
temple of the big stupa - a Buddhist temple in the historic centre of the city. The current temple grounds were originally made up of three temples — Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Ho Tham and Wat Sukmin.
Doi Suthep–Pui National Park
A national park which includes Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a Buddhist temple, and Bhubing Palace, the winter residence of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and family. A protected area for flora, fauna, and habitat.
Wat Ched Yot
A Buddhist temple (Wat). A centre of pilgrimage for those born in the year of the Snake. Located northwest of the city centre along the Super Highway Chiang Mai - Lampang, north of the intersection of Huai Kaeo road and Nimmanhemin road.
The world's third nocturnal zoo and is a government nature theme park which was built to promote the city tourism. Opened on February 6, 2006. With more than 400 animals from more than 50 species divided into four zones.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
A Theravada Buddhist temple. Often referred to as Doi Suthep although this is actually the name of the mountain it is located on. A sacred site to many Thai people. From the temple, impressive views of city can be seen.
An ethnographic museum showing the life of Thailand's minority hill tribes. Highlights the history and culture of the mountain tribes of north Thailand, including the Akha, Karen, Khamu, Lahu, Lau, Lisu, Hmong, Mien and Thin peoples.
Chiang Mai Zoo
A 200-acre (81 ha) zoo located on 100 Huay Kaew Road. Established on 16 June 1977. Provides two large aquariums. with the world's longest tunnel aquarium . It also has a marine aquarium, which is the largest one in Asia.
Highlights the history of the Kingdom of Lanna with descriptions in both Thai and English. The museum is located in the vicinity of Wat Chet Yot. Run by the Fine Arts Department of Thailand.
Elephant Nature Park
A sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants. Founded in 1996, the project's aim is to provide sanctuary for distressed elephants from all over Thailand. Set in a natural valley, bordered by a river, and surrounded by forested mountains.
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Chiang Mai National Museum
Located near the historic Wat Jet Yod, this is the main museum of northern Thailand and is under the patronage of Their Royal Majesties, the King and Queen. It was renovated in 1996 to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the founding of Chiang Mai and now features a larger and better organized exhibition.
Wat Chedi Luang
Built sometime between 1385 and 1402, during the reign of King Saen Muang Ma, 7th ruler of the Mengrai dynasty, Wat Chedi Luang's massive chedi (pagoda) is a distinctive feature of the Chiang Mai skyline. At its peak, the chedi measured 60 metres across at the square base and 80 metres tall and was once the home of the Emerald Buddha, Thailand's most sacred religious relic.
Founded by King Muang Kaew in 1497,the Viharn is a traditional Lanna Style temple and was previously known as the Royal Hall of Chao Kawilorot. The second floor is heavily adorned and features two large seated Buddha images.
Chiang Mai City Arts and Cultural Centre
The centre is a modern multi-media museum and cultural education centre, featuring a range of media, from video, scale models, enlarged photos, wall murals and text in Thai and English. Built in 1924, the building was the former Provincial Hall of Chiang Mai and is considered to be a stunning example of post-colonial Thai architecture.
Wat Phan Tao
Wat Phan Tao is directly adjacent to Wat Chedi Luang. Although there is a wall between the two, you can walk through one to get to the other. The name of this temple means Monastery of a Thousand Kilns, in reference to the numerous Buddha images within the magnificent Wat Chedi Luang. The temple has a viharn, which is one of the few remaining all-wood structures in Chaing Mai, this was originally the ho kham which literally translates as ‘guilded hall’ and was the palace of Chiang Mai's king, Chao Mahawong, who ruled from 1846 to 1854.
Wat Phra Sing
This venerable temple, located at the end of Ratchadamnoen Road, is perhaps the most venerated in Chiang Mai, behind Doi Suthep. While the dusty parking lot and hordes of taxi drivers may be discouraging at first, this temple is certainly worth a look.
Lanna Folklife Museum
Opened alongside the Chiang Mai Historical Centre, this museum has a beautiful location, inside the old courthouse, which was renovated with the project in mind. It’s close to the three kings monument in the centre of Chiang Mai Old City. The exhibition is all about the people who live and have lived in the region, setting the scene for many daily activities through wax works and relics.
Chiang Mai Historical Centre
Opened in 2013, this new museum follows the history of the Lanna (the last 700 years), as well as touching on the period before this. This museum has a much more modern feel when compared to the Chiang Mai National Museum, and it presents information in bite-size pieces, great for children.
Suan Buak Hat Park
Although Chiang Mai Old City is a quiet place, there’s not as much green space as you might expect. Suan Buak Hat Park is the best place to go if you are looking for a chilled out afternoon. You can rent a mat if you are looking to laze under the trees or take part in some of the activities that always seem to be happening there, including aerobics, badminton, yoga and tai chi.
Wat Chiang Man
This is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai, built in 1296 at the time of the city's founding. The temple served as the residence of Chiang Mai's founder, King Mengrai, for a time. The buildings are finely decorated in red lacquer, gold leaf and mosaics of tinted mirror, wonderful examples of Lanna style architecture. Wat Chiang Man is located on Ratchaphakhinai Road, near the Chang Puak gate in the northern part of the old city.
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Thailand's dreamy north has national parks galore and tons of amazing day trips to take from Chiang Mai. Our second stop on our hidden Thailand road trip is Wat Chaloem Phra Kiat and the Emerald Lake. Both amazing sites are in a must less touristy Lampang Province.
Wat Chaloem is a hidden gem of the north - this is the secret Thailand that most foreigners never see. The amazing floating pagodas are a magnificent feat of human strength and artistry.
Next, we head to the Emerald Lake of Tham Pha National Park, another hidden gem of Lampang province. It's a sinkhole in the jungle filled with crystal clear blue water and tons of fish! It's considered holy, therefore there's no swimming or fishing, but just taking a look at it is incredible.
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