CHIANG RAI TOUR – A DAY TRIP WITH ‘TAKE ME TOUR’

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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.

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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.

Full blog post: The White Temple Chiang Rai

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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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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.

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BOOK A CHIANG RAI TOUR WITH ‘TAKE ME TOUR’

The easiest way to organise a Chiang Rai Tour with TakeMeTour is to visit their website and book online.

Take Me Tour Website: www.takemetour.com

 

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 and luxury travelers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:

LUXURY: SHANGRI-LA HOTEL

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MID RANGE: LE CHARCOA HOTEL

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BUDGET: CHIANG MAI TREE HOSTEL

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FOR ALL OTHER PLACES TO STAY IN CHIANG MAI, SEARCH ON AGODA OR SEARCH ON BOOKING.COM

 

MORE THAILAND TRAVEL GUIDES

Thailand Travel Guide: 3 Week Thailand Itinerary

Bangkok Travel Guide: 5 Things To Do In Bangkok

Koh Tao Travel Guide: 15 Things To Do In Koh Tao

Chiang Mai Travel Guide: 10 Things To Do In Chiang Mai

Pai Travel Guide: 10 Things To Do In Pai

Krabi Travel Guide: 5 Best Beaches in Krabi 

 

AIRBNB THAILAND

Another option for accommodation in Thailand is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Thailand.

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MY CAMERA GEAR

• DSLR Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7ii 

• Drone Camera: DJI Mavic Pro 2

• GoPro: GoPro Hero 8 Black

• Everyday Lens: Sony F2.8 24/70mm

• Camera Bag: Lowepro Protactic 31L

• Selfie Stick: Sandmarc Metal Edition 1.2m 

• Tripod: Joby Flexible GorillaPod

• GoPro Dome: Underwater GoPro Dome

• Power Bank: Anker Powerbank

• External Hardrive: WD Elements 4TB

 

WHAT TO PACK FOR THAILAND?

• Waterproof Phone Case: Universal Waterproof Case

• Reusable Water Bottle: Hydro Flask Water Bottle

• Rain Jacket: North Face Rain Jacket

• Water Shoes: Slip-on Water Shoes

• Day Bag: Nomatic 20L Day Bag

• Power Adapter: Universal Power Adapter

• Packing Cubes: 4 Set Packing Cubes

• Microfibre Towel: Quick Dry Travel Towel

• Travel Insurance: World Nomads Travel Insurance

• Money Belt: Hidden Money Belt

 

If you have any questions about this Chiang Rai Tour, please drop me a line below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

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