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5 Activities to do with Family in Chiang Rai – The City has Enough to Ensure no one is Left Out!

Simply put, Chiang Rai is a sensory overload. It is a cultural hub of Thailand and boasts an astounding range of activities for families of all walks and budgets.

1

Visit a night bazaar

Thailand's night bazaars are simply the stuff of legends. It is an excellent place to spend an entire evening. It has fantastic eateries that offer authentic Thai cuisine as well as foreign cuisine and cater to people of all ages; be it your kid or yourself. The night bazaars offer a range of products starting from pirated DVDs to souvenirs. If that is not enough, the many performers and musicians dotted over the place will keep you and your family enthralled throughout the whole evening. Oh and don't forget the candy floss! Chiang Rai has plenty of night bazaars and it is not a difficult task to find one near most hotels in Chiang Saen and in other cities in the province.

2

Drop into Hill Tribes Museum

Gain insight into the unique tribes present in the country at the Hill Tribes Museum. Run by a non profit organization, they offer an abundance of information about the native tribes and the issues that affect these tribes. A twenty minute video at the beginning will give you an outline of the many tribes in the country and details about their abodes, clothing and equipment they made use of for harvesting, hunting etc. The museum even has a souvenir shop where you can purchase unique handcrafted items like bags and ornaments to name a few.

3

The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is close to the border of Thailand. Quite a long distance for anyone living in the city, unless you are staying at a nearby resort such as the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, it offers a spectacular insight into the life of rural Thailand. It is called the Golden Triangle because the Mekong River meanders through three countries at that point which are Laos, Thailand and Myanmar. You're bound to experience an inexplicable feeling as you stand atop the 'Y' and look over three different nations. Do not forget to stroll around the boat present and toss a coin into the slide for good luck and good health.

4

House Of Opium Museum

Dwell into the fascinating history of the opium industry in North Thailand. Quite close to the Golden Triangle, the exhibition at the museum is designed to deeply affect visitors. You are treated to audio and video displays, unique footage and other videos and presentations. The House of Opium also has a large exhibition of drug paraphernalia such as pipes. Furthermore, they exhibit religious items such as necklaces and ornate boxes.

5

Wat Rong Khun

Probably the most unorthodox attraction on this list, Wat Rong Khun, (also referred to as the White Temple) is a Buddhist temple with unconventional murals. Still under construction, it has murals of 9/11 happening in addition to depictions of superheroes and videogame characters on other designs, some even feature celebrities and demonic faces. The exterior is coated in white; symbolic of Buddha's purity. There is no entrance fee to the place.