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  • Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
Discover the highlights of Chiang Rai’s culture and history on this daylong private tour with a professional guide. Check out stunning teakwood buildings, temple artifacts and botanical gardens at Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park; see items used by Thai royalty at the Oup Kham Museum; see the artisitic modern Wat Rong Khun also known as the White Temple; sample delicious northern Thai food at a local restaurant and check out the bountiful offerings at the central market. You’ll gain insight into northern Thailand’s rich culture as you get to know this fascinating city!

Highlights

  • 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

Private Tour: Chiang Rai City Sightseeing

Cruise Chiang Rai in style via samlor!

After your private guide picks you up from your hotel, you’ll head to the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park. Enjoy strolling through beautifully landscaped botanical gardens as your knowledgable guide shares the history of Chiang Rai and the Lanna (northern Thai) kingdom. Marvel at Haw Kham (Golden Pavillion), a striking teak building which showcases ceremonial temple artifacts as well as the Phra Pra Toh wooden buddha.

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.
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Tour code: 5942CEI04

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