Chiang Rai is close to Chiang Mai. Green trees, quiet simplicity, beautiful scenery, everywhere exudes the freshness and sweetness of Northern Thailand. It is close to Myanmar & Laos, with the romantic Mekong River, rustic villages and the mysterious Golden Triangle.
If you choose to spend your honeymoon in Chiang Rai, it's recommended to choose at least one night to stay in the forest and feel the taste of nature, which will surely add a different experience to your honeymoon trip.
In addition to the literary freshness emanating from the streets of Chiang Rai, perhaps the most striking thing about the city is the "mini jungle" that can be found everywhere. The streets do not even need too much vegetation greenery, the original ancient trees grow freely on both sides of the road, forming the unique scenery of the city. This offers a feeling of living in the forest, which is quite tranquil.
What is the best time of year to visit Chiang Rai?
Unlike the tropical monsoon climate of southern Thailand, northern Thailand is a subtropical monsoon climate region. The average annual temperature in northern Thailand stays around 25°C, which is pleasant and comfortable. However, the rainy season in northern Thailand is from June to September, so the best time to visit Chiang Rai is from November to May.
Chiang Mai (marked in red on the map), also in northern Thailand, is the second largest city in Thailand, 700 km from Bangkok and about 3-4 hours from Chiang Rai.
1. Travel by car from Chiang Mai: If you want to travel to Chiang Mai together with Chiang Rai, then choose to fly directly from your country to Chiang Mai. Stay for a few days and then travel to Chiang Rai by car.
2. From Bangkok: There are many international airline that can fly directly to Bangkok, so it is also very convenient to transfer from Bangkok to Chiang Rai. Thailand's capital city of Bangkok with the quiet Golden Triangle in northern Thailand is also a good honeymoon choice.
Things to do in Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai seems to be the cradle of Thai artists, and it is the province with the largest number of artists in Thailand. Because it borders Laos and Burma, the culture is more diverse and it is easier to learn from the best from others, thus giving birth to its own unique style.
If Bangkok is said being a glamorous place, Chiang Rai in northern Thailand can definitely be described with blue sky, white clouds and literature. It is still different from Chiang Mai a hundred miles away - less colorful, more fresh; less hustle and bustle, more quiet. A honeymoon in Chiang Rai can be a completely different experience.
White Temple and Black House in Chiang Rai
If you are traveling from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, it's highly advised to see the White Temple and the Black House on the way to Chiang Rai. The White Temple was designed and constructed by the famous Thai architect Chalermchai Kositpipat. It has being built since 1997, and is still under continuous construction.
The main building is a white concrete structure with an extremely intricate outer layer decorated with floral patterns and affixed with sequins that reflect light and shine brightly in the sun. There are also instructions when visiting, first crossing the bridge through hell and entering the temple to worship Buddha before entering the whole scenic spot to see.
The Black House is essentially a museum, designed and built by a local artist, Thawan Duchanee. It shows a combination of Lanna architecture and European architecture in various styles. It exhibits many precious antiques from his collection, as well as many specimens of cow horns, skulls and python skins.
Some people say that the White Temple represents heaven and the Black House represents hell; but others think that the Black House represents heaven and the White Temple represents hell. In fact, heaven and hell are only a thought away, both in your experience.
Ethnic Minority in the northern Thailand - The Long Neck (Kayan people)
In northern Thailand, there is a group of long-necked people from Burma who fled their homeland due to the war and were taken in by the Thai government. The village is managed by the local government, and an entrance fee is required to enter the village, so you can take pictures.
The custom of the long-necked tribe is to believe that only those with long necks are beautiful. From the age of 5-6 years old, the long-necked children will have a copper ring around their necks, one copper ring a year, so that their necks are elongated and the longest necks have reached as long as 70 cm.
The Golden Triangle is a triangular area located in the border area of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos in Southeast Asia, which is famous for has
being the world's leading source of opium and other drugs.
More than 40 kilometers north from Chiang Rai, you will arrive at the famous "Golden Triangle". The green hills, the red-roofed huts, and the mysterious atmosphere that persists, make it the first choice for many tourists to visit Chiang Rai.
Doi Tung Palace
Doi Tung Palace, located on the hills of Mount Le Thanh, is a place worth seeing in Chiang Rai. The palace was built on December 23, 2530 AH and the main pillar was laid by the then Queen Mother herself.
The palace is entirely made of wooden structures, modeled on traditional Northern Thai architecture and typical European Swiss design. The roof is in the shape of a pyramid and the appearance is like a sculpture, simple, practical and elegant.
The inner part has two floors, the upper floor is the Queen Mother's living room, and four rooms are connected to each other. The staircase on the second floor is carved with 10 numbers from 1 to 9 and then to 0, symbolizing the cycle of human life.
The garden outside the palace is planted with plants and trees unique to Northern Thailand, and the grass is as green as a mat and flowers are in full bloom throughout the year.
Honeymoon resorts in Chiang Rai
Anantara Golden Triangle Spa Resort
Star Rating: ★★★★★
Location: The resort is about 1 hour drive from Chiang Rai Airport, 2km drive from Golden Triangle. Golden Triangle and House of Opium Museum are not far from the hotel.
Super features: refreshing and romantic; awesome elephant experience; unique country boarder experience; open-air dining
Resort Overview: The resort is on the lush hillside of the Golden Triangle, formerly the place of the Lanna Dynasty, with a great view of the Mekong River. It likes a paradise in the Chiang Rai area, a truly original vacation time.
Reasons for recommendation:
1. Superb elephant camp experience
Spend a happy bathing time in the river, ride the elephant through the primeval forest, walk through the picturesque rice fields ...... two people spend fresh and sweet time together.
2. Dining with nature
The resort's getaway dining can be free to choose the dining place: the lower terrace overlooking the Mekong River and verdant rice fields, or sitting side by side with the young elephants in the bamboo grove at the elephant camp. Your getaway time has the fresh scenery as a backdrop. (Advance reservation required).
3、Discovery Tour of Golden Triangle
In the beautiful morning light, our UME English-speaking guide will take you through the bustling border markets of Myanmar. Have lunch in the historic Kingdom of Lanna and a leisurely afternoon of shopping in Laos as you explore this famous region's current landscape.