Chiang Rai is a Thai city and province nestled among mountainous regions in the north, offering ancient royal temples, stunning artwork, museums, culture and education. Among the most significant sites here is the Wat Phra Kaew royal temple, which once housed the famed Emerald Buddha, a legendary jade statue. Today it displays a replica rather than the original. The Navel City Pillar is a common attraction for photographers, a monument comprised of over 100 pillars in the Khmer style. To further explore ancient culture, the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park offers a museum with Lanna artefacts.

For traditional night market culture, the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar offers not only dozens of stalls vending food, arts, crafts, souvenirs and gifts but also hosts live entertainment regularly. The Longneck Karen Village allows you the chance to explore a famous settlement of the indigenous Karen culture. The Clock Tower Chiang Rai is a beautiful golden clock tower standing in the centre of a roundabout that’s sure to light up your social media feed.

What to see & do in Chiang Rai

Featured stories & fun stuff

Chiang Rai things to do are plentiful, and you can discover ancient temples with stunning architecture and fascinating history, urban and nature parks, museums, unique cultural villages, art galleries and more. The iconic Wat Phra Kaew is a royal temple that once housed an iconic jade Buddha statue but now features a replica. To see Lanna Kingdom artefacts, head to the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park museum. For...

Read more

Where & what to eat in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai food and dining culture offers a wide range of sit-down restaurants and takeaway street food, so you can expect to enjoy both local delicacies and international cuisine. Along Walking Street, you’ll find many vendors selling takeaway street food. For vegetarian and vegan cuisine, check out Kunda Vegan Vegetarian, which takes no reservations and serves no tofu. It’s just laid-back vibes and great veggie cuisine. Lung Eed specialises in local...

Read more

Where to shop & what to buy in Chiang Rai

  • 10 Best Places to Go Shopping in Chiang Rai

    The best places to go shopping in Chiang Rai include local-frequented markets, gift shops, galleries, and malls. Thailand’s mountainous city might be best-known for its royal temple and cultural attractions, but it has excellent venues selling just about anything you’d need. Here are our top picks for Chiang Rai’s shopping experiences. From street food and handcrafted souvenirs to popular fashion brands,...

    Read more

Where to go & what to do at night in Chiang Rai

  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Chiang Rai

    The best things to do after dinner in Chiang Rai combine great beer, great music, and a totally chilled atmosphere. This compact city has a relaxed nightlife scene, which makes it easy to mix with locals. Night markets are filled with snacks, beer, local crafts, live music, and dance performances. You can dance the night away in local bars or belt...

    Read more

Useful information

  • Chiang Rai Travel Essentials

    Our Chiang Rai Travel Essentials guide includes the details you need to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in Thailand's northernmost city. You'll learn all about the local climate as well as the currency, the outlet types, emergency phone numbers and more, in addition to the best ways to get to Chiang Rai and explore once you arrive. This city is best exemplified...

    Read more

Where to stay in Chiang Rai

Start planning your trip

Also popular in Thailand

Back to top
Sorry, this page hasn’t been translated in your language yet…