The Chiang Rai Tour was one of the best days I had during my time spent in Northern Thailand. I booked the Chiang Rai Tour with TakeMeTour, one of Thailand’s best tour companies offering unique and local experiences throughout the country.
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THE CHIANG RAI TOUR ITINERARY
I chose the Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai tour package which includes Mae Kajan Hot Spring, The White Temple, lunch at Salungkham restaurant, Doi Tung Botanic Gardens, The Royal Villa and visiting the Akha Hill village tribe.
Chiang Rai Tour Overview
- The Chiang Rai tour starts at 7am with a hotel pick up in Chiang Mai
- 3-hour drive to Chiang Rai with a 20-minute break at the Mae Kajan Hot Spring
- Visit the White Temple for 1 to 2 hours
- Stop for lunch at Salungkam restaurant
- A further 1-hour drive to Doi Tung Botanic Gardens
- 20-minute drive along the Thai-Myanmar border to the Akha Hill Village Tribe
- 4-hour return journey to Chiang Mai arriving back to the hotel between 8pm and 9pm
MAE KAJAN HOT SPRING
Halfway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai we took a break the way locals do at Mae Kajan Hot Spring. It was a great spot to relax at the Mae Kajan hot spring for about 20-minutes before continuing on to Chiang Rai.
The Mae Kajan Hot Spring has half a dozen thermal foot baths to dip your feet in and you’ll be sure to encounter the local Thai women boiling eggs in the hot springs before selling them off by the basket load.
Mae Kajan Hot Spring – Chiang Rai
THE WHITE TEMPLE CHIANG RAI
The White Temple in Chiang Rai is not the average temple that one would usually come across. In fact, the White Temple Chiang Rai is a contemporary, unconventional, privately-owned art exhibit in the form of a Buddhist temple.
Also, known as Wat Rong Khun, this unique temple is one of the most recognisable temples in Thailand and it is one of the best things to do in Chiang Rai.
The White Temple Chiang Rai stands out among most, through its white-coated exterior and plastic glass embedded into the rendering that sparkles brightly in the sun.
It is said that the white color signifies the purity of Buddha and the glass symbolises Buddha’s wisdom. The White Temple Chiang Rai was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous visual artist and architect from Thailand.
Photography is strictly prohibited on the inside of the White Temple Chiang Rai, so I will try to explain what to expect as best I can in words.
The big open hall inside Wat Rong Khun has contemporary illustrations, comic book artworks and symbols of Buddha painted on the walls from top to bottom.
Without giving too much away, I could have spent an hour inside the White Temple Chiang Rai admiring the detailed artworks.
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LUNCH AT SALUNGKHAM RESTAURANT
We had a quick stop for lunch at the Salungkham Restaurant which serves up two sets of Local Table menus.
We went with set A which was absolutely delicious. Either way, we were guaranteed delicious authentic Northern Thai tastes.
DOI TUNG BOTANIC GARDENS
We walked above the trees along the Doi Tung Tree Top Walk, a 300-meter long wooden suspension bridge hanging 30-meters above the ground and then took a long stroll in Doi Tung Mae Fah Luang Garden and enjoyed the vibrant colors and pungent smells of the flowers.
Also inside the Doi Tung Botanic Gardens is the Doi Tung Royal Villa which was once the late Princess Mother’s residence. Doi Tung Royal Villa beautifully blends Northern Thai and Swiss architectural styles.
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Doi Tung Botanic Gardens – Chiang Rai Tour
AKHA HILL VILLAGE TRIBE
Last but not least is a 20-minute drive along the Thai-Myanmar border from Doi Tung to the Akha Hill Village.
It was a great experience visiting the Akha hill tribe people who migrated from China to live high in the mountains in the Doi Tung area.
Down the end of the main street is an amazing coffee shop on the edge of the mountain serving up local Thai coffee harvested from the Doi Tung region and there is a rooftop seating area with panoramic views.
There is also a selection of costumes to try on and make sure to get a photo holding the woven basket of coffee beans.
Catch an incredible sunset from the car as you make the 4-hour journey back to Chiang Mai.
Akha Village – Chiang Rai Tour
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WHERE TO STAY IN CHIANG MAI
Chiang Mai has hundreds of accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of the best places to stay in Chiang Mai to suit the needs of budget backpackers, luxury travelers and everyone in between.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
LUXURY: SHANGRI-LA HOTEL
MID RANGE: LE CHARCOA HOTEL
BUDGET: CHIANG MAI TREE HOSTEL
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LONELY PLANET – THAILAND
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AIRBNB CHIANG MAI
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WHAT TO PACK FOR CHIANG MAI
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF CHIANG RAI TOUR
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