Situated in the northern part of Thailand, Chiang Rai is a city that was once the epicentre of history. Therefore, navigating through the streets of Chiang Rai can easily transport one back in time.
The White Temple/Wat Rong Khun
If staying at a property such as the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, book a ride to the White Temple. While it is a sight to behold, many visitors would be surprised to know that this temple was opened only in the late 1990s. Although not constructed during the Lanna Kingdom, it was built on the site of an ancient temple. Furthermore, the temple reflects the styles of Lanna architecture.
King Mangrai Monument
A visit to Chiang Rai would not be complete without taking a photograph in front of this magnificent statue. King Mangrai is the founder of this city and also the first leader of this kingdom. This king of the 13th century is depicted in full armour and looks ready for battle. Thus, travellers tend to flock to this monument irrespective of whether staying at properties such as a Chiang Rai luxury hotel or a local Airbnb.
Wat Phra Kaew
This is one of the most esteemed temples in this area for Thai Buddhists as it housed the Emerald Buddha until 1552. While it is no longer found on the same property, a bronze Buddha statue that is equally impressive can be found in this location. Furthermore, as this statue is over 700 years old, it is of utmost importance to Buddhists.
Lion Hill Cave
While this is not as popular as the other attractions mentioned above, it is ideal for nature lovers. Containing natural skylights, the cave is given an eerie look due to this. In addition to these caverns, there is also the country’s oldest fig tree situated in the trails, which can be observed from the ground level.