- Full day private sightseeing tour in Chiang Rai
- Learn about northern Thai culture and native plant life at Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park
- Check out the colorful displays of fresh fruits and other goods at the central market
- Have lunch at a restaurant featuring Northern Thai specialties
- Take a ride on a samlor (three-wheeled bicycle taxi)
- See artifacts once used by Thai royalty at the Oup Kham Museum
- Be astounded by the fantastical decor at the modern and artistic Wat Rong Khun, or White Temple
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
Stop and smell the flowers! Many of the flowers at Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park are extremely rare and well worth a second look.
What You Can Expect
After the manicured beauty at Mae Fah Luang, get a taste of daily life with a visit to the central market. Have fun wandering through stalls piled with a colorful array of fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, prepared foods, spices and more. Your guide answers any questions you may have as you explore the bustling marketplace.
When you have worked up an appetite, take a break for lunch at a northern Thai restaurant. Your guide can explain the menu and suggest classic dishes to sample, such as khao sawy, a rich noodle soup topped by crispy noodles and condiments, or flavorful northern Thai sausages accompanied by sticky rice.
After lunch, you’ll catch a samlor and visit a private museum called Oub Kham. The museum’s name comes from its masterpiece: the oub kham (golden bowl) used by royalty for important rituals. You'll also see an impressive collection of silverwork, textiles, clothing and other artifacts once used by northern Thai nobility, including rare pieces from Burma, China and Vietnam.
To wrap up your day’s explorations, head to Wat Rong Khun, an unusual temple designed by Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. Marvel at the mix of traditional Buddhist elements with modern references to superheroes and space travel, among many examples of the amazing decor on the temple. The artist – sometimes called Thailand's Picasso – continues to work on the temple, which was started in 1997 and will be worked on for decades to come.
This tour was amazing!
This was a tour which almost ended up as a disaster! I misread the pickup hotel and thought it was Chiang Mai only to find upon confirmation when we arrived at our hotel it was Chiang Rai. Eventually it was worked out by your wonderful agent though we did pay $100 more than what we had already paid. So the driver picked us up (once again looking for another racial group) and drove the three hours to Chiang Rai plus giving us a private tour leaving some of the sightseeing decisions to us. All in all we had an enjoyable day!