Enjoy exploring Thailand’s northernmost city by rickshaw, or samlor, as guests navigate the streets taking in the sights and sounds.
The city was founded in 1262 by King Mengrai, and it’s at his monument that we start the tour of the city’s cultural highlights. He built the foundations of the ancient Lanna kingdom.
Chiang Rai is much smaller than neighbouring Chiang Mai, and visitors will get an appreciation of this during their casual exploration aboard the classical vehicle of its temples and quaint streets.
After a 15-minute rickshaw ride, we’ll stop by the local market, the lifeblood of any Thai community. The market is for locals and tourists, so guests will see a mixture of local produce and northern Thai handicrafts and fabrics. Observe the Chiang Rai residents going about their daily routines while also getting a souvenir – be sure to haggle!
Next, back aboard the samlor to visit Wat Phra Kaew temple, home to a beautiful 700-year-old brass and copper Buddha statue. The expert guide will explain the intricacies and meanings behind all the symbolism of this iconic Buddhist temple.
The next stop on the tour is the hill tribe museum. There are 6 six protected hill tribes living in the mountainous region of northern Thailand, and these make up a significant part of the region’s identity with their iconic traditional dress and way of life. Learn all about them and their protected status at the museum
Finally, finish with the emblematic temple of the city, Wat Rong Khun, otherwise known as the white temple. The idiosyncratic kanok architecture of the temple is a controversial take on the usual Buddhist style.