9 ART GALLERY
9 Art Gallery is located in Chiang Rai township. It features the work of many northern Thai artists. There is also an architect studio.
Singha Park Chiang Rai is a tourist attraction in Chiang Rai that is open to both locals and tourists.
Museflower Retreat and Spa, Chiang Rai's first all-inclusive vegetarian holistic wellness retreat, will host the "Life Festival" from Oct 7-10, 10am-5.30pm.
Held for the second year, the four-day festival will be packed with workshops, fitness classes, free and discounted health counselling sessions, alternative therapies, signature spa treatments, nutritious vegetarian buffets, wellness gifts and prizes
SINGHA RUNNING FESTIVAL
A “catch-all” race for families and running enthusiasts will be presented during the inaugural “Singha Trail Running Festival”, which will be held on Sept 20.
Set to become one of the most scenic trail events in Southeast Asia, the race will start at Singha Park in Chiang Rai, a hidden gem for trail running and cycling in northern Thailand, immersing runners in beautiful bamboo forests, exotic terraced rice paddies, pristine tea plantations and breathtaking lake views.
Participants above the age of 16 can take part in the 21km half-marathon, which comprises a mix of scenic single tracks and dirt roads; or the shorter 10km course, which skips some of the longer off-road sections. The minimum age for the 10km race is 12.
The first race is scheduled to begin at 2.30pm, leaving time for the event to culminate in a festive barbecue. An awards ceremony will also be held at an evening party.
The 3km family fun run is also part of the event and is designed to benefit local communities and promote sports, fair play and camaraderie among children. It is open to all free of charge.
SINGHA OBSTACLE RUN
After the huge success of the "Singha Obstacle Fun Run" last year, Active Management Asia is bringing it back to Singha Park in Chiang Rai on April 27.
The second edition offers exciting routes that travel along scenic trails exploring the mountains, farmland and tea plantations of the famous park.
There are two distances for solo entrants (males and females aged 16 years and up) to choose from — 7.5km (one lap and 10 obstacles) and 15km (two laps and 20 obstacles).
The race is also open to teams of five runners of any age and offers a total distance of 30km (four laps with 40 obstacles). Each of the four laps must be completed by two runners from the team.
Held in parallel to the main event will be a 3km fun run for children and families. This family event is expected to see people from many countries, cultures and ages get together in a friendly and festive atmosphere.
CANDLE LIGHT MUSEUM
Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park in Muang district, Chiang Rai province, has opened a candlelight exhibition to create a romantic atmosphere in the park.
The Candle Light Museum features hundreds of lit candles, illuminating exquisite wooden Lanna-style candlesticks and other artefacts, some aged several hundred years.
"This is the first show of its kind, in which the centuries-old crafts are being beautifully decorated by candlelight," said Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Thawatchai Arunyik.
Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park is one of Thailand's largest collections of ancient artefacts of Lanna culture. The 150-rai park houses three main buildings _ Haw Kham (Golden Pavilion), which displays a collection of ancient Lanna art and teak artefacts, Haw Kham Noi, which houses 19th-century mural paintings, and Haw Kaew and Sala Kaew, which feature permanent and rotating teak wood exhibitions.
NAM TOK KHUN KON
Nam Tok Khun Kon Forest Park can be reached by taking Highway No.1211 from Chiangrai town. After travelling 18km, turn right and proceed for another 12km. Alternatively, you can drive along Highway No. 1 (Chiang Rai-Phayao) for about 15km, turn right and proceed for another 17km, then take a 30-minute walk to the waterfall. The 70m-high Khun Kon or Tat Mok Waterfall is the highest and most beautiful in the province. Surrounded with dense woods, the area is also good for hiking.
THAM PHA CHOM
Tham Pha Chom is located in Wang Phang Kham in Mae Sai in the Chiag Rai province. This cave is known for it's beautiful stalactites and stalagmites and it is also a place for meditation, where locals come to reflect and unwind
Akha Swinging Tradition is held during August - September every year for four days, for the purpose of celebrating the crops that have been planted and waited to be harvested. It is also a ceremony to honour women. The celebration starts with the ritual’s late ancestors. The second day is the day that they set up the giant swing, believed to be protected by guardian spirits and this is the start of the swinging ceremony. The third day is the grand ceremony, the start of the new year in which the worshipping ceremony takes place and followed by celebrating, dancing and cultural performances. The last day is the end, there is no ceremony, only the swinging amongst the hill tribe people.
BAN RUAM MITR
Ban Ruam Mitr hosts this event to show gratitude to the elephants and preserve the traditions related to elephants. On this day, there is religious ceremony to pay respect to the elephants, food fest for elephants, best mahout award ceremony, elephant shows, elephant exhibition, hilltribe performances, games displays and local product sales.Chang Thai Ruam Mitr Day is held in March every year.
Annually, Anantara Golden Triangle Resort holds King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament on the grounds of the resort. The competition is participated in by 10 teams from different countries. There are also elephant parades, elephant painting, local performances, folk games as well as local product sales. The proceeds from the event is donated to the national Elephant Institute to help provide medical care, sustenance, employment and mobile elephant clinic. Elephant Polo Tournament is held in March every year.
AKHA MINI LIGHT AND SOUND
Every second Saturday of every month, Chiang Rai holds a mini light and sound presentation to present the insight of Akha hill tribe’s culture and daily life including hill tribe children’s games and plays, exhibition and handicrafts.
CHIANG SAEN LAKE
The Chiang Saen Lake is located 5km south of Chiang Saen in the Chiang Rai province. Drive along Highway No. 1016 (Chiang Saen-Mae Chan route), take a left turn and you will find Chiang Saen Lake.The lake is a large natural reservoir with scenic surroundings. It is home to large flocks of migratory waterfowls that can be seen at their best from November through February. In addition to the scenery, accommodations and water sports facilities are available.
The Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai is a place well worth seeing if you are in Chiang Rai province. This famed border location where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River was once supposed to be the centre of all the poppy cultivation in Thailand.
Within this area are remains of many ancient places and structures attesting to the fact that the area had been settled by people in the past.
Boats can be hired in order to view the upstream scenery of the Golden Triangle and to travel downstream to Chiang Khong.
The King Mengrai Great Memorial is located in the town on the intersection leading to Mae Chan. Originally, King Mengrai was the ruler of Nakhon Hiran Ngoen Yang, an ancient town on the banks of the Mae Khong around Chiang Saen, before Chiang Rai was established as the administrative centre in 1262. He consolidated his power by merging the city in the north and founded the Lanna Thai Kingdom in 1296 with Chiang Mai as the capital.
Chiang Rai's night market is conveniently near the centre of town, a short walk from the bus station. Besides having semi-permanent shops, one area is devoted to individual sellers who spread out their wares on the ground. This market is a good place to shop for Thai souvenirs, it offers hill-tribe fabrics, silver, beads and needlework. Handicrafts go at bargain prices, although negotiation is recommended.
There is a food court offering a variety of traditional Northern dishes and there is also a beer garden.
HALL OF OPIUM
Hall of Opium Golden Triangle Park and Musuem is an invitation to the mysterious world of opium. Inside the park, exhibits will tell the history of opium trade and 5,000 years ago from its natural properties to its uses. It traces opium's global journey through trade routes in the age of imperialism, culminating in the Opium Wars and event that disgraced both winners and losers that led to the fall of the Manchu Dynasty.
CHIANG SAEN MUSEUM
Chiang Saen National Museum was established in 1957 and is a 50-year-old museum considered to provide a profound preview of the past of Chiang Saen town. The Museum features displays of excavated artefacts and ancient sculptures with inscriptions, locally made Chiang Saen-style Buddha images and Lanna Thai artefacts. Other exhibits include Lanna-style objects of daily use such as pots, weapons, baskets, fish traps, fish nets and cooking vessels.
PHU CHI FAH
Phu Chi Fa is approximately 25km south of Doi Pha Tang in Thoeng district. The mountain is a favoured attraction with Thai tourists, who will visit in droves during the months of November to January to experience the cool weather. The mountain is found in the Phu Chi Fah Forest Park which is located in the Pa Mae Ing and Pa Mae Ngao National Forest Reserve.The area is 1,200-1,628m above sea level.
DOI MAE SALONG
Doi Mae Salong is a main attraction in the province of Chiang Rai. The mountain became home to a Chinese military division that settled here in 1961. The mountain is also home to numerous hill tribe settlements. Near the peak of the mountain visitors will find several tea plantations as well as tea houses. The mountain is particularly busy from November through February, when temperatures drop below 20 degrees and tourists from the rest of Thailand flock here for a touch of cold weather
WAT PHRA KAEW
Wat Phra Kaew is a Royal Temple in Chiang Rai and one of the oldest in the city. Although the exact year the Wat was founded is not known, it goes back at least to the end of the 14th century. Wat Phra Kaew is an important temple in Thai history, as it was here where the Emerald Buddha was discovered in the year 1434 after lightning struck the chedi where it was kept. The Emerald Buddha or Phra Kaew Morakot is the most highly revered Buddha image in the country, that is now enshrined in the Wat Phra Kaew temple on the grounds of the Grand Palace in Bangkok.
Blue Temple (Wat Rong Sear Tean) is located in the Chiang Rai Province in Thailand. The Blue Temple is 16 km from The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), about 2o minutes by car. The outside is gorgeous, but the inside is even more spectacular with beautiful paintings and a huge white Buddha in the centre.
Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.