The provincial town of Chiang Rai situated near the border of Laos and Myanmar is another Thailand holiday destination in the northern part of the country – just like its sister town Chiang Mai. This quiet town of Chiang Rai though not as diverse as Chiang Mai holds just as much history and culture – and very much deserving to be discovered and explored by locals and foreign tourists. If you’re wondering what other Thailand destinations to visit for your vacation, read our Thailand travel blog as we feature the beauty and wonders of Chiang Rai!

Asia destination Chiang Rai was founded in 1262 and was once the capital of Mengrai Dynasty. But until today, you can find distinct Lanna identity when you explore the different Chiang Rai tourist places. They hold such great importance in the city’s history which is why it should be part of your Thailand travel itinerary.

Chiang Rai Clock Tower

Chiang Rai Clock Tower

One of the places to visit in Chiang Rai is the city’s landmark – the Chiang Rai Clock Tower which was built in 2008 in honor of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It’s a golden clock tower with twisting and swirling spikes where the Phahonyothin Road and Banpaprakan Road meet. It has a light-and-sound display every night at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.

King Mengrai the Great Monument

King Mengrai the Great Monument

Our next featured attraction for today’s Thailand travel blog is the King Mengrai the Great Monument – dedicated to King Mengrai – the founder of Lanna Kingdom and the one who established the first capital in Chiang Saen.

It’s the first thing you’ll notice when you enter the city through Highway 1 (Phahonyothin Road). The nearby crafts center is a great place to buy souvenirs for friends and family back home.

Chiang Rai Walking Street

Chiang Rai Walking Street

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A Chiang Rai vacation is never without experiencing the Chiang Rai Walking Street.

The 1.5 kilometers stretch of Thanalai road becomes a tourist hotspot in the city of Chiang Rai. With sprawling food carts, numerous shopping stalls and live folk music, Chiang Rai Walking Street embodies a festive atmosphere where you can meet locals and fellow travelers. It’s also the best place to buy souvenirs, try the local street food and experience local traditions through a number of cultural performances!

Kad Luang

Kad Luang

Photo from http://www.openchiangmai.com/warorot-market-chiangmai

Many Thailand travel blogs feature Bangkok as the place to go to for shopping and trying out local food. But despite being hundreds of miles away from Thailand’s capital city – Chiang Rai has Kad Luang – an attraction for food trip and shopping!

Aside from selling clothes, accessories and other displays, here you can also find tasteful local food and snacks, fresh vegetables, grilled seafood, desserts and so much more.

We hope our Thailand travel blog inspires you to book your flight to this holiday destination! You can check out flight schedule and book through the Bangkok Airways website (http://www.bangkokair.com/eng/bestfares/view/to:chiang-rai). For other exciting Thailand destination, you can visit Bangkok Airways blog and see numerous holiday locations you can visit!