When looking for accommodations, the most important things for us are value, cleanliness, and location. When we find a place like Sherloft that’s stylish on top of all that, it’s a major plus. Highly recommended in Chiang Mai.
Chiang Rai is regarded as the northernmost “large city” in Thailand, though it isn’t actually that big. It’s much smaller and less developed as a tourist destination than neighboring Chiang Mai. It’s perhaps best known for Wat Rong Khun, a striking all-white structure that serves as both a Buddhist temple and an art exhibition.
Exploring Chiang Rai, Thailand: On Temples, a Golden Clock Tower, and Dancing Shrimp at the Night Bazaar
Major attractions like Wat Rong Khun and Baan Dam Museum are located outside of the city, but there are a few lesser known temples you can visit within the city’s limits. They aren’t as spectacular as the White Temple but they do make for a pleasant few hours of temple hopping without the distraction of crowds.
Explore Wat Rong Khun (White Temple), Baan Dam Museum (Black House), and Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple) in Chiang Rai, Thailand
Wat Rong Khun may the most popular but it isn’t Chiang Rai’s only draw. There are two other attractions close to the city that are worthy of your itinerary – Baan Dam Museum, aka Black House, and Wat Rong Suea Ten, otherwise known as the Blue Temple. You can visit all three in half a day.
Gaggan is a restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand named after owner and executive chef, Gaggan Anand. It’s currently ranked number seven on the list of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. In 2017, it received two stars with the recent release of the first ever Bangkok Michelin Guide.
I expected this to be a walking tour similar to their Chinatown tour in Bangkok, but it wasn’t. Instead, you’ll ride around for four hours in style, in a private songthaew, as tour guide Moui takes you to some of Chiang Mai’s best local markets and restaurants.
Your Thai Guide is a private tour provider in Thailand. They operate mainly out of Bangkok but they offer private tours in other parts of the country as well. Itineraries are entirely customizable and tailored to what travelers want to see and do.
I don’t enjoy spending time in the kitchen but this cooking class at Mama Noi Thai Cookery School was one of the most fun things we did in Chiang Mai. When you don’t have to do any clean-up and virtually all chance of failure is eliminated, then cooking becomes a guaranteed joy, even for boneheads like me.
For me, a tuk-tuk is the best and most fun way not just to get around Bangkok, but to explore it too. Being in an open vehicle, you’re more exposed to the elements so you get a better feel for the city. The traffic, the smells, the sounds, the chatter. I know many people don’t like it but I do find it to be part and parcel of the Bangkok experience.
Doi Inthanon is the highest mountain in Thailand and part of the Himalayan mountain range. Located about two hours southwest of the Old City, it makes for a popular day trip from Chiang Mai.