Much To See in Chiang Rai Thailand

by - July 06, 2017

Chiang Rai is a province located in the northern part of Thailand, and the closer to the border of Myanmar and Laos. White Temple, Blue Temple and Elephant Camps and Sanctuary are also located here in Chiang Rai, Thailand. About 3-hour drive away from Chiang Mai where we spent 3 days after our Bangkok trip. 



On our second day in Chiang Mai, at 7 in the morning, our shuttle from Travel Hub pick us up in our accommodation at Buri Siri Hotel. First in our itinerary is the Thaweesin Chiang Rai Hot Spring. On this area, vendors are selling boiled egg which is cooked at this hot spring. You'll see that it's boiling and the smoke shows how hot this water is. 

Another attraction here is foot spa where you will dip your feet/legs at this SUPER hot spring, I mean it's freaking hot and feels like your feet is being cooked! That's how hot the water is. Alongside with us are Korean group of tourist and one lady from that group could dip her legs in that boiling hot spring! 1 second of dipping will make your feet really RED and soft which I like the most part of it.  

Our second stop is this amazing Elephant Sanctuary - Elephant Valley, about 30-minutes away from the Hot Sping. The difference of this sanctuary from other Elephant Camps in Chiang Rai is that guests can only watch how the elephants are being bathed, you can feed bananas the elephants over the fence and watch them from afar. In other camps, you can bathe the elephants, feed them so close and you can ride on top of the poor elephant. Here at the sanctuary, they eliminate all those things that make an elephant stressed and sad. 

Yes! Animals can get stressed and SAD! 

One particular female elephant here is just recently saved from a camp that tortures elephants and forced them to work by allowing humans to ride on top of them, work for 12 hours and even longer. Let's face the fact that Thailand is known for elephants and riding on it but the odd thing is Elephants in Thailand is sacred so how come these poor animals are being tortured in the camps? But the good thing is slowly the government is prohibiting elephants to be a tourist attraction where tourist and guests can ride on them. 

This particular camp has less than 10 elephants as of the moment because they want the elephants to freely roam around and enjoy the nature and the vicinity. At this camp, we are taught the importance of elephant in the Thai culture and little that we know that there are very few elephants now in South East Asia and we must protect and conserve them. 

The third visit is the White Temple or Wat Rong Khun, a Buddhist Temple privately owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat - a rich Thai artist who dedicated build this temple with intricate designs from million pieces of mirror glass. The silver lining/design is actually mirrored glass. Because this is a private temple there is an entrance fee of 50 BAHT for foreigners and from the entrance, the staff will give you s small plastic bag where you can place your footwear before entering the temple. 

Photography inside the temple is prohibited.

This golden temple-like is actually a toilet. Cool eh? A GOLDEN TOILET! Lol.

4th is the Blue Temple or Wat Rong Suea Ten - a public Buddhist temple where you can see a HUGE Buddha inside the temple. No entrance fee but getting here is not easy, you need to hire a tuk-tuk or motorcycle or perhaps avail a group tour in a travel agency. Suea Ten means dancing Tiger but outside the temple, you will see dragons. When inside a temple or any religious house/building observe silence at all times. Respect the customs and traditions. 

Our 5th stop is the Black House Museum or Baan Dam -  owned by a famous Thai artist Thawan Duchanee. Also, showcases works of other Thai artists. Inside the museum is not well lit, works and art are mostly in wood, in red colored paint or even black. That's because of the theme of the museum. Also, there are lots of animals head as a design on the wall (which by the way I didn't bother taking snaps of it because I find it creepy!)

 And last on our last itinerary is the Mae Chan Tea House and Plantation. This massive tea plantation not only houses different tea plantation but also pineapples. The tea house sells different types of tea leaves and you can taste all for free. They sell affordable and high-quality tea leaves. 

We ended our whole day trip at 4:30 in the afternoon and we're able to get back at our hotel at around 8:30 in the evening because it was raining in the middle of our trip to Chiang Mai. It was really tiring but totally worth of our time. We're able to appreciate more the country and the countryside. Will I go back to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai - DEFINITELY!!!

See yah soon Thailand!

Much To See in Chiang Rai Thailand 

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  1. Both the White temple and the Blue temple are fabulous. You have captured their essence perfectly. Great shots as well!

  2. so good to hear about their approach with the treatment of Elephants! I have been thinking of taking our children to Thailand and I know that would love this experience,

  3. Your photos are beautiful! And it seems like you had a nice experience! I would want to take this trip!

  4. Chiang Rai looks absolutely stunning. The elephant sanctuary looks like an ethical one and the elephants are being taken care of properly, which is so important. I absolutely adore the magnificence of the White temple, it is indeed a poem is stone.

  5. I will be visiting thailand next year. Your tipas are great.

  6. Chang Rai has so many diverse things to see ! Loved the blue and white temple. The elephant sanctuary is something my kids would love. Thanks for sharing :)

  7. I kind of liked the white sculpture in the temple. Your photos are well taken with you in the background. Just feeling a little sad about elephants. I dont quite think mankind can really think about interacting with animals in a natural environment.

  8. dipping your feet in hot spring should be like getting them fried. I wonder if people can take that much temperature for a foot massage. Also, it is quite encouraging to see the Thai government take measures to curb cruelty to elephants. The white temple caught my attention teh most. A temple built by a million mirrors should be quite a spectacle to see.

  9. Wow ang shoshal nito! Daming ganap sa Chang Rai!

  10. one of my dream destination is thailand talga.. blue temple, white palace especially ung floating market. mdyo natawa q dun sa vid sa pag gawa ng thai tea. hahaha


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