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Chiang Rai Temple Trail

By Viator, April 2018

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The northern Thai city of Chiang Rai is home to a large assortment of Buddhist temples, or wats. With so many to see, it can be hard to know where to start prioritizing. Luckily, we’re here to help. See below for our top picks of Chiang Rai temples. 

Wat Rong Khun
Set just outside of town, Wat Rong Khun—better known as the White Temple—is one of the most unusual sacred structures in the region. Built in the late 1990s by an eccentric Thai artist, its all-white facade is covered with glass shards that give it an all-over sparkle. Inside, the temple features traditional images of Buddha as well as murals depicting Superman, Batman, and Neo from The Matrix

Wat Phra Kaew 
This hugely revered temple complex once housed the famous Emerald Buddha, one of Thailand’s holiest icons. Though the original now lies in Bangkok, an exquisite replica made of jade can be seen alongside other Buddha images in Wat Phra Kaew’s museum. 

Wat Phra Singh
One of the oldest temples in Chiang Rai, this historic compound dates back to the late 14th century. Here, you’ll find carvings by local artists and a copy of the sacred Phra Singh Buddha, aka “Lion Buddha,” a revered Buddha image housed in Wat Phra Singh temple in Chiang Mai. 

Wat Rong Sear Tean
Located just outside Chiang Rai town center, this modern temple is one of the most colorful in Northern Thailand. As its colloquial name—the “Blue Temple”—suggests, Wat Rong Sear Tean has a magnificent blue interior with intricate carvings, gold accents, and a large white statue of a seated Buddha. 

Wat Huai Pla Kung Temple
Located 3.7 miles (six kilometers) from Chiang Rai, this 21st-century temple is known for its nine-tiered pagoda, which offers excellent views of the surroundings, and its large statue of Bodhisattva, which sits on the hilltop. 

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White Temple - Golden Triangle - Cruise, Chiang Rai, null
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White Temple - Golden Triangle - Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Take 3 hours drive from Chaing Mai to Chiang Rai.  Visit Mae Kajarn Hot Spring, White temple, Tribes Village, Mae Sai Border, Golden Triangle and cruise to ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 9 to 12 hrs

From USD $71.04
Golden Triangle Day Trip from Chiang Rai Including Mekong River Cruise and Hill Tribe Village, ... 
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Golden Triangle Day Trip from Chiang Rai Including Mekong River Cruise and Hill Tribe Village

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Explore the highlights of northern Thailand on a day trip from Chiang Rai to the Golden Triangle, Mekong River and Chiang Khong. You'll admire ancient temple ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.95
Hall of Opium Chiang Saen Tour from Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Private Day Trips
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Hall of Opium Chiang Saen Tour from Chiang Rai

Once the playing ground for traders, cultivator and users, Thailand’s Golden Triangle has been closely associated with its opium and papaver history; the Hall ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.50
1 Day Car Tour 4: Visit Doi Tung botanical gardens plus the Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen, Chiang ... 
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1 Day Car Tour 4: Visit Doi Tung botanical gardens plus the Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen

Our tour takes you on a journey (about 30-40 mins) to visit the botanical gardens, which are laid out overlooking stunning views, as part of the Doi Tung ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $135.90
1 Day Car Tour 2: Black White and Gold : Temples and museums and a boat across the Mekong, Chiang ... 
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1 Day Car Tour 2: Black White and Gold : Temples and museums and a boat across the Mekong

This 1 day car tour is designed to show you some of the broad range of sights to see in Chiang Rai province. The region has a long history of kingdoms, ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $120.45
Half-Day Temples and City Private Tour of Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai, Day Trips
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Half-Day Temples and City Private Tour of Chiang Rai

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Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand, is home to the small delightful city of Chiang Rai. This half day tour, with private return hotel transfers, will ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.94
Private Tour: Chiang Rai City Sightseeing, Chiang Rai, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Private Tour: Chiang Rai City Sightseeing

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover the highlights of Chiang Rai’s culture and history on this daylong private tour with a professional guide. Check out stunning teakwood buildings, ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $89.57
Chiang Rai Temples Galleries Art by Car Including Soothing Massage and Lunch, Chiang Rai, Private ... 
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Chiang Rai Temples Galleries Art by Car Including Soothing Massage and Lunch

Explore Chiang Rai city notable landmarks and amazing temples by car on this full day tour. Learn more about history of Chiang Rai by visiting Ban Dachanee ...  Read more

Location: Mueang Chiang Rai, Thailand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.83
3-Day Chiang Mai and Golden Triangle Tour Including Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Mai, Full-day Tours
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3-Day Chiang Mai and Golden Triangle Tour Including Doi Mae Salong

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

Discover the charm of northern Thailand and the notorious Golden Triangle – the meeting point of Laos, Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) – on this three-day tour ...  Read more

Location: Chiang Mai, Thailand
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $592.50

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