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Updated by Elia Mertz on Jan 27, 2016
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Destinations in Chiang Rai not to be missed during winter

Chiang Rai, Thailand is a delightful city and the capital of Chiang Rai Province, home to many tourist attractions. Here are some of the destinations not to be missed in Chiang Rai during winter:


Phu Chi Fah (pointing to the mountain)

This Forest Conservation Area is located in the region of Pa Mae Ing and Pa Mae Ngao National Forest Reserve about 2 and half hours from the city. A scenic hike of 1.8km takes you to the top of the hill, offering brilliant views of surrounding areas. The sheer cliff of Phu Chi Fah itself is worth the hike and if you make it early in the morning, a spectacular sunrise awaits. On a clear day, you will even see Laos and Mekong River. Home to many a hotel, Chiang Rai offers a variety of accommodation options, thus allowing you to stay for a few days and immerse yourself in the beauty of the town.


Doi Tung

Located over 1,300 metres from sea level, Doi Tung is home to many picture-perfect attractions. The Buddhist shrine at the top of the hill was built in 911 AD. It is believed that Lord Buddha's left collar bones are enshrined in its twin pagodas. Some of the other interesting sites in Doi Tung include the Doi Tung Palace, the world famous Mae Fah Luang Gardens and two tribal villages, Akha and Muser. Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort places you within proximity to Doi Tung and many other winter attractions of the city, making it a popular choice for tourists.


The White Temple

Known as Wat Rong Khun, it is truly a sight to behold. Built completely of white stones and each stone embedded with little mirrors, the temple sparkles in the sunlight. Construction of this brainchild of noted Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, started in 1998 and is still incomplete due to the many intricacies involved in building this one-of-a-king temple.


Santikniri village

Also known as Doi Mae Salong, lies on one of the tallest peaks in Chiang Rai at 1,800 metres. The history of the village dates back to only 1949, and through the years became popular for its captivating sceneries and serene atmosphere. From atop, the surrounding views are nothing short of spectacular.


Golden Triangle

In its entirety, the Golden Triangle spans a massive area of over 195,000 square kilometres covering Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. The area where the borders of the three countries converge is known as Sob Ruak. This region was once immensely popular for opium, thus making the House of Opium a popular attraction. The golden Triangle is also home to many places and structures of historic importance and it also where various legends of Lanna originate.


Night Market

Most of the items available at the Chiang Rai night market were made by the hill-tribe people, thus giving you the opportunity to get some unique pieces of handicraft and jewellery. An important aspect of the night market is the wide array of street food stalls you come across. Entertainment is a plenty with live music and dancing girls. You can even kick back with a few beers as you enjoy the colours and sounds of the market.