Essential Chiang Rai Discovery

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day tour

Tour Level: Moderate

Tour Comfort: Standard

Tour Period: Afternoon / Morning

tour highlights

  • Visit the spectacular 'White Temple' Wat Rongkun
  • See the 14th century temple of Wat Phra Singh
  • View an exquisite private collection of Lanna art
  • Enjoy a scenic boat trip on the Kok River
  • Call in at a cave temple housing Buddha statues

tour details

Chiang Rai repays the inquiring visitor with some unique sights. You’ll start with a visit to the extraordinary Wat Rongkun, the ‘White Temple’. This quirky masterpiece is the work of local artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed it and is supervising its construction. Its design is richly symbolic of Buddhist teachings and it contains many beautiful statues. In contrast, you’ll next go to Wat Phra Singh, built in the late 14th century with traditional low sweeping wooden roofs. Then you’ll enjoy a private guided tour of the exquisite Oub Kham Museum with its fabulous collection of Lanna art, objects used for rituals, lacquerware, silver jewellery and clothing. Finally, you’ll travel by boat on the Kok River to a cave temple (one of several in the area) housing several Buddha statues.

tour description

The tour starts with a visit of Wat Rongkun, also known as the White Temple. While most temples visited by tourists have a history going back many centuries, this extraordinary place of worship was built only recently. It is the realization of a dream for Thailands noted artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, who designed and is supervising the construction of this beautiful white temple and its many statues of figures based on religious beliefs. Next, visit Wat Phra Singh. This temple was built in the late 14th century during the reign of Chiang Rai's King Kahaphrom. A sister temple to Chiang Mai's Wat Phra Singh, its original buildings are typical northern Thai style wood structures with low, sweeping roofs. Continue to the small and exquisite Oub Kham Museum for a guided tour of the private collection of Lanna art from the last 300 years up to the recent past, when the provinces of north Thailand, northwest Laos, parts of northeast Burma, and Yunnan China were ruled by local royal courts independent from the increasing encroachment of Siam. The collection includes objects from the areas once belonging to or affiliated with the Lanna kingdoms. Apart from objects used in rituals the collection mainly consists of objects used at the royal courts including lacquer ware, silver jewelry and clothing. A 15-minute boat ride on the Kok River takes you to a cave, that houses several Buddha statues. Van transfer back to your hotel.


Transfer included: Yes, Daily from Chiang Rai city hotels


    Meals included: None
      Tour code: CEIITCTT

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