Chiang Rai Tourism

Chiang Rai is a city located in the Chiang Rai province of Northern Thailand. With an abundance of natural attractions and exotic wildlife, Chiang Rai finds a place on many vacation planners. It is also a major commercial hub close to the Golden Triangle of Burma, Laos and Thailand.

The earliest settlements in Chiang Rai date back to the seventh century. However, it gained significance when King Mangrai established it as the capital of Lanna Kingdom in 1262 CE. The region remained under the rule of Burmese for several centuries until it became a vassal of Chiang Mai in 1786. It was annexed into Thailand (Then Siam) in 1899 and was announced as a province in the year 1933.

Endowed with blissful natural sceneries and ancient tourist attractions, Chiang Rai is no less than a paradise for travellers. The city’s itineraries include trips to the picturesque mountain ranges and the charming villages of hill tribes, most of which still retain the traditional Thai culture.

This laidback town is known for several trekking facilities and hiking trails that run down to the tribal countryside. It is also famous for its Night Bazaar at Saturday Night Walking Street held at the downtown where a lot of souvenirs, local crafts and food are displayed and sold.

Though Chiang Rai was off the tourist radar for years, it gradually became a popular escapade for travellers. The concentration on tourism increased considerably over the last few years, and the attractions were developed in such a way that its natural and cultural appeal remained intact.

Essential travel information and Chiang Rai tips for your visit

  • Chiang Rai has a lot of hiking trails. So, be sure to pack a pair of comfortable shoes that help you walk easily.
  • Cover your head with a scarf, and use sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Chiang Rai

  • Know the pollution level of Chiang Rai before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 67.31 (High)
    • Water Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 32.14 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 35.71 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 32.14 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 57.5 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 35.71 (Low)
  • How safe is Chiang Rai for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Chiang Rai.

    • Burglary and Theft 31.25 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 20 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 20 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 65 (High)
    • Car Stealing 30 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 30 (Low)
    • Attacks 5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 80 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 10 (Very Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 10 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 30 (Low)
    • Safety Index 73.01 (High)
    • Climate Index 80.77 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 60.13 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.33 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 43.98 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Chiang Rai

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.04 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.57 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 21.32 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 85.09 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 45.69 USD

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