Chiang Rai is a land of outstanding natural beauty, where visitors looking to avoid the hordes can visit remote hill tribes, spot exotic wildlife, and check out the golden triangle, the former center of the worlds opium trade.
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PHU CHI FA FOREST PARK
One of the most famous destinations uphill in Chiang Rai, especially during winter time, when visitors try to reach its cliff that offers spectacular views of the valley and sea of mist at sunrise. Phu Chi Fa is blessed with breathtaking views, abundant flowers of all colors, and cool weather most of the year. Plus, it is not far, located approximately 25 kilometers south of Doi Pha Tang in Thoeng District.
DOI HUA MAE KHAM
Doi Hua Mae Kham is home to many tribes who live on the mountain along the borders of Thailand and Burma with the main population being the Lisu tribe and small numbers of Akha, Hmong and Muser tribes. The best time to visit is November when the stunning sunflowers are in full bloom.
WAT RONG KHUN
Also known as The White Temple, Wat Rong Khun is regarded as one of the most beautiful temples built in this century. A masterpiece of artist Chaloemchai Kositpipat, famed for his extravagant and unique Buddhism-related paintings, Wat Rong Khun reflects the artists grand visions of heaven, hell and Nirvana. The main assembly hall and adjacent area are carved in white with glass mosaics. The construction started in 1997 and even the assembly hall is not yet completed: only two walls have been painted with a depiction of heaven and hell.
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 Phra That Doi Tung comprises of a twin Lanna-style stupas, one of which is believed to contain the left collarbone of Lord Buddha, which draws devout Buddhists from all over Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar.