What would be a nicer way to start the year other than finding inner peace? Each traveler has his/her own preference when traveling. However, it is time to get out of the norm and focus more on the natural surroundings, nature itself. If you are looking for a perfect place for a nature tour, a trip to Chiang Rai is the answer.
This provincial city in Northern Thailand is like a sister city to Chiang Mai. Both cities are home to some of the best attractions in the country like Wat Tham Pla (Fish Cave). However, they have several differences too. If you opt for a serene day trip, Chiang Rai is the place to go to. The town is a lot less busy and more peaceful than Chiang Mai. Are you ready to embark on this kind of journey? Continue reading below!
DOI TUNG PALACE
This place can’t be missed during your trip to Chiang Rai. Doi Tung Palace is one of the most important attractions in Chiang Rai. The palace was once a royal residence thus, the palace has extravagant architecture and furnishing.
Aside from the palace, another must-visit place in front of the palace is the Mae Fah Luang Garden, which covers 10 acres of hillside with different tropical flowers and some unusual breeds overseas that Thais don’t usually see.
Meanwhile, an hour drive from Doi Tung to the South lies Singha Park, a farmlike setting and the most popular photography spot that houses a wide variety of animals, tea plantations, and ziplines. It would be a nice thing to stroll around and admire the pretty flowers as you breathe the fresh air.
PATH THROUGH A FOREST
Well, if we are talking about a nature tour, then this is it! Chiang Rai is blessed with natural beautiful attractions that you can’t resist to explore. This place was once futile but Somdet Ya, the Royal Grandmother turned it into a lavish forest. Thus, Baan Suan Pa has now 3 different nature trails you can choose from. Keep in mind that this is the home of the Akha tribe. Are you ready not only to delve into nature but also learn more about people who consider this as their home?
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WAWEE VILLAGE AND TEA PLANTATION
Fresh traditional tea, anyone? A nice view and fresh air would go well along with a good cup of tea. Visitors will be given the opportunity to experience and learn more about Tea cultivation directly. The local tea factories in Wawee have all kinds of tea from Oolong to Assam which locals have grown. Take a sip and you will definitely think how good life is!
MAE KOK RIVER CRUISE
Aside from walking and trekking, you can also opt to try the river cruise in Mae Kok. This boat trip along the stretch of Kok River is a scenic experience! Be amazed by Chiang Rai’s beauty as you cruise along its waters. You may also visit the traditional Karen hill tribe village with about 250,000 residents. So, don’t miss the chance to have a little glimpse of their rich history, culture, and traditions.
KHUN KORN WATERFALL
End your trip to Chiang Rai by soaking yourself in the water of Khun Korn Waterfall. No matter how magnificent this spot is, you will need to walk along a 1.4km long trail. Nevertheless, the view and experience are definitely worth it after all!
FLIGHTS TO CHIANG RAI
Get away from the chaos and recharge by connecting with nature during your trip to Chiang Rai. Excited to take off soon? But first, book your flights to Chiang Rai only at Bangkok Airways for boutique full-service flight experience.