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Thai Airways Flights to Chiang Rai (CEI)

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  1. Bangkok (BKK) to Chiang Rai (CEI)

    ​Round trip | Economy
    BKK-CEI

    15/02/2020

    BKK-CEI

    17/02/2020

    THB4,760
  2. Singapore (SIN) to Chiang Rai (CEI)

    ​Round trip | Economy
    SIN-CEI

    01/02/2020

    SIN-CEI

    03/02/2020

    SGD385
  3. Sapporo (CTS) to Chiang Rai (CEI)

    ​Round trip | Economy
    CTS-CEI

    03/02/2020

    CTS-CEI

    12/02/2020

    JPY111,120
  4. Taipei (TPE) to Chiang Rai (CEI)

    ​Round trip | Economy
    TPE-CEI

    21/03/2020

    TPE-CEI

    03/04/2020

    TWD9,481
  5. Paris (CDG) to Chiang Rai (CEI)

    ​Round trip | Economy
    CDG-CEI

    27/02/2020

    CDG-CEI

    25/03/2020

    EUR607
  6. London (LHR) to Chiang Rai (CEI)

    ​Round trip | Economy
    LHR-CEI

    07/03/2020

    LHR-CEI

    19/03/2020

    GBP693
  7. Tokyo (HND) to Chiang Rai (CEI)

    ​Round trip | Economy
    HND-CEI

    06/02/2020

    HND-CEI

    15/02/2020

    JPY83,430
  8. Tokyo (TYO) to Chiang Rai (CEI)

    ​Round trip | Economy
    TYO-CEI

    06/02/2020

    TYO-CEI

    15/02/2020

    JPY80,180
  9. Busan (PUS) to Chiang Rai (CEI)

    ​Round trip | Economy
    PUS-CEI

    02/02/2020

    PUS-CEI

    12/02/2020

    KRW650,000

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Thai Airways Flights to Chiang Rai (CEI)

Traveling to Chiang Rai

Overview

Chiang Rai was the capital of the Lanna Thai kingdom for just 30 years before Chiang Mai took over. As it turns out, losing its leading role may have been a blessing in disguise. The city has managed to retain a strong Lanna identity without sacrificing its relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, making it perfect for visitors hoping to steer clear of the camera-toting masses of the south.

Getting around

Much of Chiang Rai is walk able. Should your feet get sore, Songthaews (converted pick-up trucks that function as buses), cycle rickshaws, Tuk-tuks and an increasing number of metered taxis will carry your around for a fee. Many guesthouses offer bicycle and motorbike rentals too.

See & do

Thailand can boast of thousands of temples, but none are quite like Wat Rong Khun (also known as the White Temple), located about 13km south of Chiang Rai. While most other temples honour sacred and mythological figures of the past, this one takes a much more contemporary approach, displaying imagery depicting everything from Michael Jackson to Harry Potter.

Back in town, the most revered Buddhist temple is Wat Phra Kaew, where the deceptively named Emerald Buddha (it’s actually made of jade) was originally uncovered. The gleaming green Buddha now resides in Bangkok’s Wat Phra Kaew, but there is a fantastic near-replica in Chiang Rai.

Other city highlights include Mae Fah Luang Art and Culture Park, which houses a trove of precious folk art, teak artefacts and contemporary northern Thai works as well as a meticulously kept garden.

The wider Chiang Rai region is a big draw for adventurous travellers who have grown tired of trampling the same old path as everyone else. Enjoy trekking, river rafting and boat rides, or visit some of the nomadic hill tribe communities of the Golden Triangle, a notorious opium-producing region. For an educational primer on the hill tribe communities and cultures, stop by the Hilltribe Museum and Education Center in the city before embarking on a trek.

Hidden gems

Wat Rong Khun is an undeniable show-stopper, but few guests in town take the time to properly appreciate another Chiang Rai monument with which it bears a striking resemblance: the Chiang Rai Clock Tower. The twisted, contorted spires of this golden clock tower are the product of well-known Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, the very same man behind the famous White Temple. Light and sound displays take place here every night.

Just a few blocks north of the clock tower is Wat Phra Singh, another temple that doesn't get its dues. Though relatively plain on the outside, this 14th-century complex conceals a fascinating assortment of Lanna art and decoration.

Food & drink

Northern Thai cuisine is a genre of its own, blending flavours borrowed from neighbouring nations, such as Burma, Laos and even China. Lanna dining traditions, such as khantoke dinners (which involves eating a selection of different dishes served on a low round table while diners sit on the floor), prevails. Specialty recipes of the region include Burmese pork curry, nam prik ong (a pork and tomato chilli dip), kluay tod (fried banana) and sai ooa (grilled pork sausage). In this part of the country, almost every meal comes with a side helping of khao neow (sticky rice).

Weather in Chiang Rai

Sunday light rain
29°C 20/10/2019
Monday sky is clear
31°C 21/10/2019
Tuesday light rain
30°C 22/10/2019
Wednesday sky is clear
32°C 23/10/2019
Thursday light rain
31°C 24/10/2019
Friday light rain
30°C 25/10/2019
Saturday sky is clear
31°C 26/10/2019
Generated by: OpenWeatherMap.org