Nowadays, Chiang Rai is one of the places to go during winter as its temperature drops during this season. However, what Chiang Rai has to offer is typically different from the usual winter travel with snow. Sometimes, its cool air and laidback vibe are all we need.
Chiang Rai is a small town in Northern Thailand but even if the city center is small, its countryside is huge. It may give you less excitement compared to popular Thailand beaches such as Phuket, the country’s capital Bangkok, or even Chiang Mai. Nonetheless, it is still a nice place to explore with its rich culture, local cuisine, and postcard-worthy landscape. Continue reading below to know why Chiang Rai is one of the best places to go during winter!
PHU CHI FAH
Phu Chi Fah is an ideal place to go during winter vacation in Chiang Rai. Its name means ‘mountain pointing to the sky’ as in Thai, Phu means ‘mountain’ while Chi means ‘pointing to’. This mountain is located in Amphoe Thoeng, perfect for hiking lovers. The best part is the sunset or sunrise you may watch over its summit. We guarantee you it will be one of the best!
You may go there using a private vehicle or the public bus. If you choose the latter, it will take you longer but the view up there is worth the long trip.
How does sipping a freshly brewed coffee while gazing at a picturesque view sound? Doi Chang is an ideal place especially for coffee lovers out there because it is the largest coffee grown community in Thailand.
In addition to that, you may also learn something about coffee production and do some coffee tasting. What a refreshing experience indeed!
HUAY MAK LIAM HOT SPRING
When it’s winter and chilly, hot springs are best enjoyed! Rejuvenate and soak yourself in a natural bath in Huay Mak Liam Hot Spring.
Aside from that, the natural setting of the lush forest that surrounds you adds up to the relaxing feeling.
Doi Tung is located on a high hill area which is about 1,300 meters above sea level. It is a popular destination for tourists because of the beautiful sceneries of its attractions. These attractions are Doi Tung Palace, Mae Fah Luang Garden, and Akha and Muser Tribal Villages. The very pretty Mae Fah Luang Garden is an instagrammable spot filled with variety of plants and rare flowers.
CHIANG RAI NIGHT MARKET
Unlike any other markets that are full of items made for tourists, Chiang Rai Night Market sells unique items made by the hill-tribe people. Some of the items you can buy are antique bags, hill-tribe earring, and handmade traditional Thai doll – all with good quality. You may find same items in Bangkok but the prices here are way cheaper.
Moreover, there are food stalls and most of them sell Thai food cooked a little less spicy to fit the tourists’ taste. Lastly, there is a live music to entertain you while you indulge yourself.
Chiang Rai is also an answer now to the question ‘where to go in Thailand?’ Give yourself a treat and experience this overlooked city of Thailand. Check out flights to Chiang Rai only at Bangkok Airways.