The northernmost city of Thailand offers a mountainous view with unique attractions. Chiang Rai city center is a 3-hour drive from Chiang Mai
The White Temple
Wat Rong Khun, or White Temple, is a contemporary Buddhist temple in Chiang Rai. It is owned by a Thai architect, who designed and installed the building as well. The entrance to White Temple symbolizes the passing from hell to heaven.
Its interior design is particulary unconventional. The murals inside feature popular culture figures such as Darth Vader and Harry Potter. Unfortunately photos are not allowed inside, but you can find plenty of photos if you Google it.
Long Neck Karen Tribe
More than 100,000 Karen people, originally from Myanmar, live in northern Thailand refugee camps today.
Karen women start wearing rings around their necks and knees as soon as they’re 5 years old, and once in every 3 years they add one new ring to their necks. The new generation Karens who don’t prefer wearing rings leave the village and their families, generally without any financial support.
Golden Triangle is the point where 3 countries, Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos meet. Its natural borders are formed by two rivers.
The river between Thailand and Myanmar is called Ruak River, and between Thailand and Laos you’ll see the famous Mekong, which runs through 6 countries: China, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Cambodia.
The Golden Triangle is not just about natural borders and river tours, it is also the gambling center of the region.
You can also visit Laos with a special one-day visa issued at the customs.
The area you visit is just a tourist center within the Golden Triangle special economic zone. So, it’s definitely not a must.
Hot Water Spring
It is actually a marketplace, where you can also find a couple of hot water springs and soak your feet.