Chiang rai,

Wat Rong Khun,

Wat Rong Khun

“The White Temple” of Chiang Rai is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. The temple outside the town of Chiang Rai attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign, making it one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions.

Phra That Doi Tung,

Phra That Doi Tung

Wat Phra That Doi Tung is a temple that sits atop of Doi Tung, the tallest mount in Chiang Rai, which is approximately 2,000 meters above the sea level. The temple was built in the 10th century with two following restorations in the 13th century by King Mengrai of Chiang Rai and in the 20th century by the revered monk Khru Ba Siwichai.

Wat Rong Suea Ten,

Wat Rong Suea Ten

The Blue Temple is immediately recognizable for its brilliant shade of rich sapphire. The temple walls, roof, and surrounding statues are all covered in this gorgeous hue, an unusual decorative choice in a country where most temples are made of gold. This color is symbolically associated with purity, wisdom, and the lack of materialism that Buddhists aspire to.

Phu Chi Fa,

Phu Chi Fa

Phu Chi Fa is a really stunning place. It’s popular with Thai tourists, so you should try to avoid it on weekends and public holiday. Go mid-week though and it’s fairly quiet and quite easy to find a place to stay. This is our top activity in Chiang Rai for anyone who loves nature and the outdoors. Keep reading to find out how to get to Phu Chi Fa, where to stay, and our tips for avoiding crowds and getting that perfect photo!