If your hotel is in city limits, you can easily walk; otherwise, there are always plenty of drivers on hand at the station. The city is gradually developing its tourist sector, beginning with its own Night Bazaar, Saturday Walking Street and Jazz Festival. The monochromatic exterior paint scheme has only one exception — the gold-painted buildings that contain the restrooms. Designed by successful Lanna artist Tawan Duchanee, it tells the story of the four elements — wind, fire, water, earth — through four mythical creatures: the Garuda, lion singh , naga serpent and elephant. The riverside remains mostly undeveloped, albeit with a few luxury hotels along the waterfront. They harvest rice and corn and their men are skilled in hunting. Get a ticket from the kiosk, and then approach the appropriate counter to purchase your ticket once your number is called.
More than just white actually, the plaster has little pieces of glass in it that reflects the sun, meant to symbolise both the purity and wisdom of the Buddha. The bus station is just one street to the east of a traveler epicenter with bars, restaurants, and guesthouses. On each level, there are small niches housing golden Buddha images or amulets — a typical characteristic of northern-style chedis. It may be less well known than Chiang Mai as a tourist destination on its own, but what makes Chiang Rai fascinating is its strong association with the Tai ethnic culture — the origins of Lanna people — which can still be seen in the temple and museum architecture around the city area. Within their villages they build spirit gateways to protect them from evil spirits. Your bus will stop at the new station in the south Terminal 2 first, but unless you want to , stay on the bus until the second stop at the old station Terminal 1 in the center of town. Both start rolling around 5 p.
The next location we visit is the hill tribe villages about 25 minutes drive north of Chiang Rai. Like Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is also plagued by traffic and horn-happy drivers. The architectural style is an intriguing mix of Hindu and Buddhist architecture and the complex has a series of water features that reflect the temples and various monuments. In more remote areas, are the norm. There are two bus stations in Chiang Rai: the new station located around five miles south of the city and the old station located directly in the center of town next to the night bazaar.
It is bordered by the of to the north, of to the east, to the south, to the southwest, and to the west. Founded in 1262 as the capital of the Mengrai Dynasty, after Chiang Saen, today the city retains a strong Lanna identity, mostly through its impressive collection of temples, art, language, cuisine and music. Visit the Haw Kham pavilion and learn about animist and Buddhist rituals, which still co-exist in modern-day Lanna culture. After Lanna was incorporated into Thailand, it remained an autonomous region and thus the Chiang Rai area was administered from Chiang Mai. Wat Phra Kaew is the most revered temple in the city, and one of the oldest. The Buddha was then relocated to Lampang, Chiang Mai, Luang Phra Bang, Vientiane and eventually Wat Phra Kaew Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok.
It's the perfect place to have dinner, and we recommend skipping the restaurant and eating at the food court. For the fast runners, the 220 km and 122 km distances are points races for the Asia Trail Master Championship, an annual series of 32 races in 14 Asian countries. Because it attracts fewer visitors than , its sister city, Chiang Rai offers a chance to explore authentic local life as well as smaller markets and several temples, both historic and modern. As Thailand's northernmost city with any oomph — it's the last stop before Laos — Chiang Rai is busy. Here there are no tricks and no riding—just an incredible chance to hang out with elephants who were formerly used for logging and riding. Take a shortcut through the night bizarre to get there. Chiang Rai is also a good base for exploring the Golden Triangle.
Here you can buy dvd's, clothing and goods from the local hill tribes. On both Saturday and Sunday nights in Chiang Rai you have the chance to check out a Weekend Walking Street market. Saturday walking street is found along Thanalai Road, about one block south of the clock tower and Sunday walking street sets up along Sang Khon Noi also known as Happy Street. Choose from half and full day experiences to tour the sanctuary, feed the elephants, learn more about the work the sanctuary is doing and enjoy a Northern Thai lunch on the peaceful grounds. Decent bus services are available in the province.
They are known for their craftsmanship in wood carving, weaving, lacquer ware, and musical instruments. The north of the province is part of the so-called , where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Burma converge, an area which prior to the rise of agricultural production of coffee, pineapple, coconuts, and banana plantations, was unsafe because of drug across the borders. They are skilled blacksmiths, silversmiths, and embroiders. Chiang Rai is also named as the capital of art of Thailand, as it is the birthplace of many notable Thai artists, such as; ,. Tai Lue live in dwellings of usually only a single room wooden house built on high poles. With its relaxed pace, array of beautiful temples, close proximity to many natural attractions, fabulous food and affordable accommodations, Chiang Rai is an ideal place to base yourself for a few days or longer if you have time to add the peaceful city to your itinerary. Chiang Rai Province's golden triangle bordering Laos and Burma was once the hub of opium production.
Nearby is , former residence of the late princess mother mother of the present king. Chiang Rai is often touted as a smaller, cuter alternative to Chiang Mai, but don't turn up expecting a small town in the mountains. Here is a good place to take a rest or buy some souvenirs from the nearby crafts centre. Chiang Rai is idyllic and serene and a perfect gateway to the remote extremes of Northern Thailand and Myanmar. It's a night bazaar that is way bigger then the night bazaar and has over a hundred different foods stalls. The Night Bazaar is also a good place to catch live music or a traditional Thai dance performance. It was known by the name of Wat Pa Ya Bamboo Forest Temple , until one stormy night in 1434, a bolt of lightning struck the principal golden stupa, cracking it and revealing the Emerald Buddha inside.