1 Golden Triangle is a famous attraction of Chiang Rai, your trip would not be complete without seeing the Golden Triangle. This famed border location where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River was once supposed to be the center of all the poppy cultivation in Thailand.
Travel approximately 9 kilometers north of old town Chiang Saen, along the road parallel to the Mekong River to the area where the borders of Thailand, Myammar and Laos converge. This area where the Mekong River meets the Ruak River is locally referred to as "Sop Ruak". Within this area are remains of many ancient places and structures attesting to the fact that the area had been settled by people in the past. It is also the area where various legends concerning the Lanna ancestors originate.
Boats can be hired in order to view the upstream scenery of the Golden Triangle and to travel downstream to Chiang Khong. The trip to the Golden Triangle and Chiang Khong would take approximately 40 minutes and 1 hour respectively, depending on river currents and water levels.
Location : Mae Fa Luang District Doi Tung is a popular destination both Thai and foreigner because of beautiful scenery with many interesting sites including the Doi Tung Palace (Pra Tamnak Doi tung), the Mae Fa Luang Garden and Akha and Muser tribal villages. IN addition to scenic lookouts, the most notable attraction is the Phra That Doi Tung Holy Relic, an old religious site atop the mountain.
Also located on Doi Tung Mountain is a beautiful royal residence known as Phra Tamnak Doi Tung. The royal villa, situated on the slopes of the adjacent Pa Kluay Reservoir, was to serve as a royal winter retreat for the Princess Mother, who passed away in 1995 and was originally built on the theory that the local hill tribes would be honored by the royal presence and thereby cease their opium cultivation.
The main attraction for visitors to Phra Tamnak Doi Tung is 'Suan Mae Fa Luang', the beautiful landscaped gardens filled with hundreds of different kinds of plants and flowers, named in honor of the Princess Mother and the Doi Tung Development Project established by the late Princess Mother in 1987.
Location : Mae Fa Luang District
Doi Mae Salong is located at an elevation close to 1,800 meters, it is one of the highest peaks in Chiang Rai and far-reaching panoramic views. When the mist comes, the views change dramatically, especially at sunrise or sunset. The air is crisp, cool and refreshing all year round.
Doi Mae Salong is the site of Santi Khiri village, a community settled by the former Chinese 93rd Division who moved from Myanmar to reside on Thai territory in 1961. The village became well known for its enchanting scenery and tranquil atmosphere. Today it is a major tourist attraction with its small-town ambience, delicious native Chinese dishes, small hotels and guesthouses catering to visitors and tea, coffee and fruit tree plantations. The scenery is especially picturesque in December and January when sakuras are in full bloom. Scattered with many hill tribe villages, Doi Mae Salong is ideal for trekking.
From Doi Mae Salong a road leads to Tha Thon, the starting point for the Kok River cruise, a distance of 45 kilometers. There are hotels and guesthouses to accommodate tourists and a paved road leading to the village.
Location : Thoeng District
Phu Chi Fah is located in the Pa Mae Ing and Pa Mae Ngao National Forest Reserve. The area is 1,200-1,628m above sea level. Phu Chi Fah is a favoured attraction with Thai tourists, who will visit on November to January to experience the cool weather. The cool climate produces colorful flowering shrubs and the large meadow on the top provides breathtaking views of Laos. In addition, spectacular scenery can be seen from the sheer cliff of Phu Chi Fa, especially the sea of mist at sunrise. Visitors can stay overnight at Ban Rom Fa Thong and Ban Rom Fa Thai.
The mountain is a favoured attraction with Thai tourists, who will visit in droves during the months of November to January to experience the cool weather.
Location : Mueang District
Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) Wat Rong Khun or White Temple is very popular destination for thai tourist, it has unique beauty and is different from the other temples in Thailand. It was designed by the famous artist Ajarn Chalermchai Kositpipat, whose inspiration to build this temple are nation, religion and the king. The construction started in 1998 and is expected to be completed in 2008. In addition, there is a gallery nearby exhibiting his paintings. To get there from the city of Chiang Rai, drive north along Asia Highway.
Location : Chiang Khong District Chiang Khong is a border to Laos and many tourist travel through Chiang Khong on the way to Laos or back. Some stay longer, and it's worth to do so. Because, despite lacking big tourist attractions, the place is a nice, laid back one and has a beautiful surrounding. The people are generally very friendly and helpful. They consist mostly of trible people who settled down here together with Thai people and some Thai Chinese.
You can have a longer walk along the Mekong River banks, where it is quiet and some restaurants and guesthouses offer their services. The river walk is a great opportunity for relaxation, especially after long bus trips.
At the mainraod, South of the border-crossing are some smaller Restaurants and Pubs, where you can easily meet other travellers. Also some of the river bank Restaurants are quite nice to have a beer in the evening, as Khum Wang Restaurant or Baan Pung Rim Khong, where one can enjoy the view over the river apart from the mainroad Location : Mueang District
Haad Chiangrai or Chiangrai Riverside has a beautiful scenic view over Kok river. North of the sand beach is adjoined by limestone mountain. Many tourist come here for swimming, relax, massage, and find many local food restaurant on the riverside.
Location : Mueang District
Karen Ruammit village is one of tourist attraction in the city of Chiangrai for tourist who love nature, adventure and the cool of the Body River, to help relieve the summer heat and it is famous for elephants riding around hill tribes villages. The main route of elephant riding trip is to visit hill tribe villages and get back to elephants camp by wading Mae Kok River. Location : Mae Chan District
Golden Horse Temple Golden Horse Temple or known as in Thai "Wat Tham Pa Acha Thong" where the monks ride horses to go on their alms round in the morning. It is located in Tambon Si Kham on a remote high hill. Phra Khruba Nueachai, the abbot, who is a former cavalryman, therefore, allows the monks and novices to use a horse as a vehicle to go on the morning alms round, which begins around 7:00 am., to the village of Si Muen Rai, covering a total distance of around 5 km.
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Tourist attraction in Chiang Mai
THINGS TO DO IN CHIANG MAI: OUR TOP 10
We have put together a list of things you have to do and see in Chiang Mai.
The list is in no particular order.
If you have any questions regarding any of these activities in Chiang Mai, feel free to contact us.
1. VISIT DOI SUTHEP TEMPLE & PHUPING PALACE
Hands down, Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is the most popular attraction in Chiang Mai! Constructed more than 600 years ago in traditional Lanna [Northern Thai] style, the temple is among the most sacred places of worship in all of Thailand. Perched near the summit of Doi Suthep mountain, the gleaming golden chedi (stupa) of this most iconic of local landmarks is visible from just about everywhere within the city and from the monastery at the top, on clear days, boasts stunning panoramic views over the surrounding city and lush forested slopes.
Nearby but still within the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park lies Phuping Palace – the official winter residence of the Thai royal family with its idyllic Alpine style gardened grounds.
If you want to read up on this magnificent place this probably is the best article there is to find on the web on Doi Suthep
Both destinations can be visited independently or else you can join our all-inclusive guided Doi Suthep tour!
2. SPEND A DAY WITH ELEPHANTS
A once-in-a-lifetime chance to get up close and personal with these most gentle of giants. With the welfare of both the animals and the visitor a priority, interact with these truly majestic creatures in their natural habitat. With no shortage of photo opportunities, participate in the feeding, bathing and daily care of adults and calves, gain an insight into the history and culture of Asian elephants in Northern Thailand, or even learn what it takes to be a keeper for the day! Choose from any of our tours to Patara Elephant Farm or Elephant Jungle Paradise Park tours.
3. ZIPLINE ADVENTURE THROUGH THE JUNGLE
Ever wondered what it would be like to soar like an eagle high above the treetops? Well, now’s your chance! From one of Chiang Mai’s leading eco-adventure tour companies and operating to rigorous safety standards comes South East Asia’s original -and still the best- ziplining experience. Based in a wonderfully picturesque mountain location outside of the city, learn about the resident flora and fauna before enjoying a positively exhilarating, gravity-assisted aerial ride through the forest canopy while keeping an eye out for the recently reintroduced gibbons! Not only guaranteed to be a fun- and action-packed day out but also an opportunity to help support a very worthy conservation cause.
4. TRADITIONAL KHANTOKE DINNER AND SHOW
Lanna cuisine is deservedly famous throughout Thailand and what better way to sample the region’s finest dishes than an evening at a Khantoke dinner. Served on a rattan platter at low tables whilst sat comfortably on a bamboo mat, savour a mouth-watering selection of authentic Northern Thai delicacies whilst enjoying a dazzling extravaganza of Lanna culture in the form of traditional musical entertainment and classical dance performances. A must-do of any trip to Chiang Mai, our Khantoke dinner may well prove the highlight of your time here!
5. TAKE A COOKING CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO COOK THAI FOOD
Discover your inner chef by making your very own Thai food! Needing little introduction, Thai cuisine has become world famous and now you can learn to prepare and cook a range of firm favourites from pad thai, papaya salad, green curry to mango and sticky rice in a cosy, friendly setting. Start the day by visiting one of the local day markets in order to hand pick the freshest quality ingredients such as fragrant jasmine rice and aromatic coriander (cilantro) before returning to the fully equipped kitchen to rustle up an authentic and flavoursome Thai meal. Learn the art of presentation before relaxing with new friends to enjoy your culinary creations! At the end of the lesson, receive a complimentary recipe book so you can confidently recreate such gastronomic delights at home. Although there are countless Thai cookery schools throughout Chiang Mai, we offer what will surely be a rewarding day with either Basil Cookery School or Thai Farm Cooking School.
6. VISIT DOI INTHANON
Home to Thailand’s highest peak, rich in animal and plant life as well as a diversity of Northern hilltribe settlements, Doi Inthanon National Park with its welcomingly cool climate, crashing rivers, dense forests, thundering waterfalls, rugged caves and network of nature trails is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and birdwatchers. While just below the summit of Doi Inthanon stand the eye-catching King and Queen chedis (stupas) enclosed by verdant tropical gardens and from which, weather permitting, offers a view of the surrounding mountains that is quite simply second to none. Join us on our all-inclusive day trip to Doi Inthanon or treat yourself to the ultimate sightseeing tour courtesy of our scenic helicopter flight over the National Park.
7. CHIANG MAI’S MARKETS
Go anywhere in Chiang Mai and, day or night, you’re guaranteed to happen upon a local market! Whether you’re hankering after tropical fruitat Kad Muang Mai, fresh-cut orchids and plants at Kad Khamtieng, appetising street foodand Thai dishes at Kad Sum Murd, imported spices and Northern Thai delicacies at Kad Luang in Chiang Mai’s Chinatown, native hilltribe handicrafts at the wildly popularSaturday and Sunday Walking Streets, freshly baked breads and organic produce at Nana Jungle, unusual vegetables and herbs at Kad Chin Haw or simply interested to engage with locals and observe a time-honoured way of life, you’ll want for nothing at the innumerable public markets scattered throughout the city.
8. SHOP AT THE NIGHT BAZAAR
Not just a Chiang Mai institution but a Thailand treasure, the atmospheric and vibrantNight Bazaar is among the oldest and most well-trodden of after-dark shopping, dining and entertainment hangouts in the entire city. A melting pot of nationalities, the almost dizzying sprawl of the Night Bazaar is home to seemingly countless open-air and indoor restaurants, food courts, purpose-built shopping pavilions, travel agencies, Thai massage parlours, bars and roadside vendors supplying virtually every kind of merchandise imaginable!
9. WANDER AROUND THE OLD CITY & TEMPLES
Founded more than seven centuries ago, the Old City is Chiang Mai’s historic and geographic heart. Surrounded by a moat, walled in part with five ancient gates, the ever charming and preserved Old City is blessed with scores of Buddhist temples in all shapes and sizes, a municipal park, an Arts and Cultural Centre, Lanna Folklife Museum, heritage monuments and, lining the maze of alleyways, a multitude of shops, markets, eateries, massage studios and everything in between!
Why not explore the Old City and it’s most significant temples with us on our walking tour, or otherwise take to two wheels and join either of our night-time bicycle excursions or segway rides.
Hill tribes in Thailand
The tour’s main destination is a visit to six different hill tribe villages in Chiang Mai province, namely the Akha, the Palong, the Karen, the Lahu, the Lisu and the long necks. Every tribe has its own culture, distinct colorful dress and language, which only exists in the spoken form.
The hill tribes people live a nomadic lifestyle and originate from Tibet and China. Traditionally, they are engaged in farming using slash and burn tactics, where the forest is cut down and burnt. When the land is exhausted, the move on to the next area.
Although many hill tribes people have converted to Buddhism and Christianity, originally they are animist, a believe where not only humans, but also animals, plants, mountains, rivers and other natural objects possess a spirit.
A number of hill tribes used to be engaged in the cultivation of opium poppy plants, especially in the Golden Triangle, which was once the center of opium production and trade in South East Asia.
Royal Development Project for Hill Tribes
In order to solve the problem of opium growing, the current King of Thailand, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) started the Royal Development Project for Hill Tribes. This project aims to educate the hill tribes people on modern farming techniques, including eco friendly techniques, so as to improve their lives and remove dependency on opium cultivation.
Today there are projects all over Northern Thailand, where all kinds of fruits, vegetables and flowers are grown, which are sold all over Thailand. Now, tourism is a major source of income for the hill tribes people, especially for the famous long neck tribe, the Padaung, who you will visit on this trip.
First village on this tour is that of the Karen people. The Karen are the most numerous of the hill tribes people in Thailand, there are some 300,000 of them, mainly in the Northern provinces. They live in bamboo or teak houses build on stilts and mostly engage in farming and keeping animals like pigs and chickens. Most Karen are animist, although many have been converted to Buddhism or Christianity.
Karen women are known for their weaving skills, they produce colorful handmade clothing and several kinds of handicrafts. Karen also produce some of the finest hand made silver products, which contains more than 99% pure silver. Married Karen women wear very colorful clothes, mostly red and blue, while single women wear plain white.
Next village in the tour is that of the Lisu. They originate from Tibet and came to Thailand a relatively short time ago, some 80 years. There are many different groups of Lisu, the best known of them being the “flowery Lisu”, called after the colorful dress that the Lisu women wear. They live in very simple houses build with bamboo walls and without a wooden or concrete floor, usually close to a river.
The Lisu people are mainly involved in farming, including poppy cultivation in the past, and more recently earn a living from tourism. Lisu practice animism, although many have converted to Buddhism or Christianity.
The smallest group of Thai hill tribes is the Palong, who all live in Chiang Mai province, close to the border with Myanmar, from where they originate. They live in wooden houses, constructed on stilts and mostly engage in growing tea, chillies, sugar canes and other products.
Palong women wear very distinctive clothing, mostly a long red dress, often blue or pink jacket with large silver waistbands and several silver ornaments. Another striking feature are their gold decorated teeth. Many Palong have converted to Buddhism mixed with animism and practice ancestor worship
There are some 80,000 Akha people in Thailand, who live in the higher altitudes of the mountains of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai province.
They live in bamboo houses elevated on stilts with separate areas for men and women. An Akha village has a beautifully carved wooden gate, that Akha people believe houses the guardian spirits. Most distinctive feature of Akha women’s clothing is the black cap they wear, that are covered with silver coins.
Ancestor worship and family history play an important role in Akha culture, it is said that every Akha can trace back his ancestors for up to 15 generations. Traditionally they are engaged in farming, but nowadays the Akha produce and sell all kinds of hand made products, like vests, handbags, purses and other items and earn a living from tourism.
A fairly large number of Lahu live in Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai province. The Lahu consist of several distinct groups including the red, black and yellow Lahu, referring to the color of their traditional dress. Each group has its own dialect. Primarily engaged in farming, the Lahu are known for their hunting and weaving skills. Their wooden houses are build on stilts. A pole with several flags marks the house of the village spiritual leader. Originally animists, many have converted to Buddhism or Christianity.
Padaung long neck hill tribe village
Highlight of this trip is a visit to the famous long necked hill tribes people, the Padaung. The Padaung are a sub group of the Karen and originate from neighboring Myanmar.
They are best known for the many brass rings that the women wear around their neck. At the very young age of around 5 years the first rings are put on a girls neck. Over the years more rings are being added giving the women the appearance of having a very long neck. A few years after first wearing the rings, the muscles in the girls neck become too weak to support the head, so the rings cannot be taken off.
Padaung women also wear these rings on their forearms and ankles, though they are sometimes covered up with clothing. Unmarried Padaung girls usually wear long white dresses. Traditionally farmers, the long neck people nowadays make a living from tourism and selling all kinds of souvenirs and handicrafts. This village is the place to make some excellent colorful photos.