3 Days in Chiang Rai: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, April 2015

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The northern city of Chiang Rai will appeal to those who like a slower pace of life. It may appear to lack "must-see" attractions, but its temples, hill tribe villages, and excursions into the countryside warrant staying for a few days. 

Day 1: Chiang Rai City Sight-Seeing
Get acquainted with the spirit of Chiang Rai by visiting the ancient temples of Wat Phra Keow and Wat Phra Singh. Next, to see the modern face of Buddhism, visit the bizarrely beautiful White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) – there's nothing else like it in all of Thailand. Also worth a visit is the Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre. End the day at the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar where you can sample Thai street foot and shop for handicrafts.

Day 2: Chiang Rai Hill Tribes
Learn more about the unique cultures of northern Thailand like the Karen, Akha and Hmong by visiting one of the hill tribe villages outside of Chiang Rai. As you’ll need transportation and a translator to get the most out of the experience, considering joining a tour which will take you to multiple villages plus nearby natural attractions like waterfalls and hot springs.

Day 3: Day Trips from Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai makes an ideal base for day trips deeper into north Thailand. If you're seeking adventure there are plenty of options including treks around Doi Mae Salong mountain, elephant riding in the jungle, and journeys up the Mae Kok River. History buffs should consider visiting the town of Chiang Saen which is home to ruins of a 14th century Buddhist kingdom.

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Start your full-day privately guided excursion to Mae Chan to visit the Yao and the Akha hilltribe villages from Chiang Rai. Your private guide offers you ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.25

Private Tour: A Glimpse of Myanmar and the Golden Triangle Trip from Chiang Rai

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Get a taste of Burmese culture with a private tour from Chiang Rai across the border to Tachileik, Myanmar (Burma). Stop for glittering temples, local food and ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8-9 hours

From USD $97.88

Private Tour: Chiang Rai City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Chiang Rai’s culture and history on this daylong private tour with a professional guide. Check out stunning teakwood buildings, ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.25

Private Tour: Hill Tribe Villages and Tea Plantation from Chiang Rai

Explore the hill tribe villages of northern Thailand and visit a tea plantation on this private tour from Chiang Rai. Throughout the day you’ll see hill tribe ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.52

Golden Triangle Day Trip from Chiang Rai Including Mekong River Cruise and Hill Tribe Village

Explore the highlights of northern Thailand on a day trip from Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Chiang Khong. You'll admire ancient temple ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.20

Private Tour: Doi Tung, Golden Triangle and Mekong River from Chiang Rai

Head north from Chiang Rai with a private guide to visit northern Thailand villages and attractions like Doi Tung Royal Villa, a royal-residence-turned-museum. ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.84

Private Tour: Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Laos Village Experience from Chiang Rai

Travel with a private guide from Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle region, visiting hill tribe villages and historical towns before crossing the border into ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.80

Private Tour: Elephant Adventure, Hilltribes and Mae Kok River Trip from Chiang Rai

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

The Mae Kok River, 80 miles long, running through the heart of Chiang Rai, is said to be one of the most beautiful and unspoiled rivers of the world. It flows ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.78

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