Girl posing in a blue temple with a giant Buddha.

The most impressive temples in Chiang Rai. What to see in Chiang Rai

If you are looking for what to see in chiang rai let me tell you that here you are going to go crazy with so many temples, each one more impressive and striking than the last. One of the regions with the most famous and incredible temples in thailand. A region where You can enjoy the gastronomy and nature of the north.

Temples in Thailand, we have many, like these that I am going to show you there are few. Chiang Rai is a city with small but surprising places of worship, and not religious, that you will love to discover.

brown and black house near green palm trees

Chiang Rai Province about 190 kilometers from its sister Chiang Mai is a busy, welcoming and very motivating destination that takes us into the culture of northern Thailand. In this city you can eat until you burst while visiting the most beautiful temples in thailand Take aim!

  1. White Temple or Wat Rong Khun

welcome to a dream temple. Surely you have seen a photo of this temple throughout your life. Is about one of the most famous temples in all of Thailand.

This is an exited project of the ingenuity of Thai architect Don Chalermchai Kositpipat where I know they combine Buddhism, Hinduism and pop culture. All crazy, right?

If you go to the north of Thailand you can't miss this work of art, straight out of a fairy tale movie. In the City of Chiang Rai, freaking out in colors is normal for travelers.

It was built in 1997, the temple that stands out for its absolutely white color also has sculptures of mythological beings and demons that will have you a good entertaining time. In addition to an enchanted lake that welcomes us.

Quite a show! The white temple is one of the places you must visit if you go to Chiang Rai.

  • Location: 1 Phahonyothin Road, Pa O Don Chai, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
  • Hours: 8.00 – 17:00
  • Price: 60 Baht
  • Address: 1 Phahonyothin Road, Pa O Don Chai, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
  • Schedules: X
  • Price: 60 Baht
  1. Blue Temple or Wat Rong Suea Ten

Another Chiang Rai tourist icon. It is a temple that you have to visit along with the white temple.

Su construction started in the year 2005, from the hand of Thai architect Phutha Kabkaew. According to what they say out there this man also participated in the construction of the white temple.

the place is beautiful, What do you want me to say, we were excited to visit the temple and its blue statues. Emphasizes the intent blue color and gold on all sides.

The blue temple is built for the faithful and not as an attraction like the white temple. However, more than a place of retreat and tranquility for the faithful It is a tourist spot that is usually crowded.

You will love to walk through the enclosure and even more to visit the buddha statue, about 6 meters high. It is usually surrounded by flowers and all kinds of offerings.

An incredible visit that you cannot miss either. You will surely need a few hours to recover from the shock. And I say a few hours because Chiang Rai is surprise everywhere, after a while you end up getting used to so much magic.

  • Address: 2 Maekok Rd, Rim Kok, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
  • Schedules: 7:00 - 21:30
  • Price: Free admission

When you think you've gotten used to it, the next surprise comes.

  1. Wat Hyua Kang Temple & Guan Yin Statue on the Mountain

An huge statue of the goddess of mercy and mercy waiting for you just outside of Chian Rai. An impressive place that we did not have on the list and that we ended up knowing thanks to the man of the tuc-tuc who, as many of you already know, are quite insistent.

It was so worth it!

This place has a very particular and striking style. The nature that surrounds it makes every corner special.

It was designed by monk Phra Ajarn Phob Chok and a few years later it becomes what you see here.

A detail that draws a lot of attention is the fusion that we can see with Chinese culture. It combines giant dragons and pagodas typical of oriental architecture together with details of Thai style.

The inner part of the temple is pure charm and harmony. A whole discovery to be able to visit it.

  • Address: 3 Tambon Mae Yao, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
  • Schedules: 07:00 - 21:30
  • Price: Free Entrance If you want to climb the statue 40 Baths
  1. Black Temple or Black House Museum

Considered by locals as the temple of hell It is a temple that we did not have time to go to but we leave you the description of the place.

Although it is a bit far from the city since it is quite outside, It is a cool place whose main function is that of a museum. It will be because of his appearance, but here Nobody goes to pray or bring offerings, it is more of a tourist place.

  • Address: 333 Nag Lae Chiang Rai 57100, Thailand
  • Schedules: 9:00 - 17:00
  • Price: 80 baths

As you can see in Chiang Rai you need time to see everything it has to offer. If your days are very limited, I recommend that you visit the first two on the list and the city center.

Other places to see in Chiang Rai

  • Clock Tower

Work of the creator of the White temple. It is an enclave that centers the city, around this time the city moves busier and more changing.

As we were very hungry, and that in Thailand has a quick solution, we took some plates and sat near Clock Tower to see a little life go by. For our surprise At certain hours of the night, between 20:21 p.m. and XNUMX:XNUMX p.m., the clock is activated and a very striking light show is created.

Without a doubt, it is quite an experience to walk through the center at night. In addition to the famous clock, you have small craft stalls and food of all kinds.

  • Food markets. Night Bazaar

Other things you have to experience in Chiang Rai is the Night Bazaar. Is enjoy thai culture surrounded by art and food.

Here you can find local crafts, combined with some food stalls where it will be hard to resist.

One of the things we liked the most about Thailand is the culture and the way the locals spin their routines around food and markets. In each city you will have a few and none of them is similar to the previous one, even if it seems so, each stall gives its personal touch to the food. There are no Pad Thais the same and it is very exciting to try different approaches in the same dish.

food plate restaurant dinner

The food stalls, with simple but delicious recipes, are an indivisible part of the typical Thai postcard. If you like to try new dishes and value gastronomy, with fresh and seasonal products, this country is for you.

Undoubtedly the humble, but grandiose and welcoming, Chiang Rai is one of our favorite cities. We would have liked to stay longer but Thailand is so big that our backpacks hardly had a rest during the 20 days we were in the country.

After knowing this city we took a bus in the direction of Chiang Mai. Some temples awaited us, a lot of nature, a few afternoons of reading, putting washing machines and relaxing.

we leave you our Travel to Thailand in Photos. Compilation of images with our 20-day adventure through the country.

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