The North of Thailand is as beautiful as South, in fact, it’s magical and very soothing. Chiang Rai lies to the north of Thailand close to Laos. The town is surrounded by scenic mountains, forest cover numerous temples and many places to relax. 2 days are more than enough to experience this beautiful town. The best way to get around is by hiring a scooter as the main attractions are a bit far from the center.
The most important and famous attraction to see here is Wat Rong Khun, commonly known as the White Temple which is something marvelous to see. A Buddhist temple, made of all white material and carved out designs depicting various aspects of life like greed, desire, salvation etc. The temple lies around 15 km from the center and the way throughout is amazing.
Located at a fair distance is the hidden Khun Korn Waterfall, which falls under national forest region.
Surrounded by dense greenery and a narrow path, a short trek leading to this beautiful waterfall is really worth it. You’ll feel inner peace and proximity to nature.
If tired you can get back to town and spend the evening strolling around the night bazaar to look for Traditional Thai Wears, Handicrafts and Other Souvenirs, or try the amazing and aromatic Northern Thai Food at 2 huge food courts in the Night Bazaar, both of them have live performances of traditional music and dances.
Don’t expect a hip nightlife as in the south as the north is quieter.
The next day can be used to stroll around the small town and visit the Black House Museum which has some very unique and ancient Thai art creations. Also, the Blue Temple is worth a visit. There are also day trips to Elephant Sanctuaries where you can ride, feed and learn about elephants. Thai people love cats a lot, so for the pet lovers, there is a cafe where you can pet cats and savor some good snacks and beverages. The Singha Park is also worth a visit as it has amazing lush green gardens with very soothing views.
There are also many festivals going around throughout the year which can be experienced depending upon the time you Chiang Rai is not very expensive and the people here are very friendly and hospitable. Just greet them with a smile and they will be ready to help you out with their heart.