Chiang Rai, gateway to the Golden Triangle. Not a gay scene destination, but one of the most beautiful and interesting provinces in Thailand to explore.

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Chiang Rai เชียงราย

Chiang Rai is a town in Northern Thailand and commercial centre of the Golden Triangle, border of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos.

The town and the surrounding Chiang Rai province is a great ‘off the beaten track’ destination for travellers (gay or straight) who want to explore the beautiful mountainous north of Thailand and its many attractions including the ruins of ancient Lanna Kingdom, Buddhist shrines and experience the unique local culture.

 

Getting to Chiang Rai

Thai Airways fly from Bangkok to Chiang Rai International Airport. The flight time is about one hour.  Chiang Rai Airport is located 8 km from the town centre. Alternatively, there is a bus service from and to Bangkok. The journey time is 12 hours.

Travellers in Chiang Mai can take a bus to Chiang Rai.  The journey time is just over 3 hours.

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Getting around Chiang Rai

Many of the best sights and attractions are outside of the town. Virtually all hotels will offer ‘all private’ or shared tours or the area. Alternatively, consider renting a car (with or without your own driver).

Motorcycles are available to rent but we suggest that this option is only suitable for the most experienced riders due to the risk of accident or injury.

Things to See & Do

Golden Triangle

The former center of the world’s opium trade, intersection of three countries and two rivers. It is the meeting point for Laos, Myanmar and Thailand and where the Mekong meets the Ruak River.  The Hall of Opium is worth visiting.

 

Wat Rong Khun (White Temple)

Extraordinary temple decorated in pure white and mirror accents, designed by artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. Located about 13km from Chiang Rai. (Part of the temple has been damaged by the earthquake in 2014).

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Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong

Temple housing what is  believed to be one of the oldest Holy Relics in Thailand. The temple is believed to have been built before Chiang Rai.

Doi Tung & Mae Fah Luang Garden

Beautiful Royal Villa that features a unique combination of Swiss and Lanna architectural styles located on a mountain overlooking surrounding hills and valleys. The Villa was home to the mother of King Bhumibol and is now open to the public.  The equally stunning Mae Fah Luang Garden is one of the most impressive in Thailand. Highly Recommended.

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Night Bazaar

A place for souvenirs and local food and products, with free cultural performances.

Mae Fah Luang Art & Cultural Park

Beautiful park with two lakes and halls containing a royal collection of Lanna craftsmanship.

Mae Sai

Border city, 61km north of Chiang Rai where tourists with passports can cross into Myanmar to shop in the exotic markets for goods from China and Burma.

Chiang Saen

Once a major city of the Lanna Kingdom, Chiang Sean is now a historical town with rich culture of fascinating temples, stupas and Buddha images. The town’s museum is home to Lanna Thai artefacts and relics of the past. Located 30 km from Chiang Rai.

Chiang Rai • Hotels

Due to its geographic location, Chiang Rai provides a laid-back atmosphere. Many beautiful resorts are set on the mountain or by the river. We list those that have proven popular with gay guests.

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Le Meridien Chiang Rai
Le Meridien Chiang Rai
Riverside location.
Le Meridien Chiang Rai
Le Meridien Chiang Rai
Le Meridien Chiang Rai
Le Meridien Chiang Rai

8.9 Excellent
based on 1567 Agoda reviews

Le Meridien Chiang Rai5 stars

Why this hotel? Riverside location. Great views. Close to Night Market. Free WiFi.

The very stylish riverside Le Meridien Chiang Rai offers spacious, luxurious rooms with fantastic views. It has a great location, within a 20 minutes’ walk to the Night Market and Wat Phra Kaew temple...

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The Legend Chiang Rai
The Legend Chiang Rai
Beautiful location.
The Legend Chiang Rai
The Legend Chiang Rai
The Legend Chiang Rai
The Legend Chiang Rai

8.2 Excellent
based on 704 Agoda reviews

69% off on Agoda

The Legend Chiang Rai4-5 stars

Why this hotel? Beautiful location. Excellent pool & dining. Luxury choice. Free WiFi.

Located directly on Mae Kok River, The beautiful Legend Chiang Rai features Thai Lanna-styled architecture and spacious, modern rooms and villas – some with private jacuzzi...

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Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa
Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa
Quiet location.
Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa
Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa
Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa
Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa

8.6 Excellent
based on 1115 Agoda reviews

56% off on Agoda

Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa5 stars

Why this hotel? Quiet location. Fantastic views. Great value. Free WiFi.

Katiliya Mountain Resort & Spa sits on top of a hill, so you are surrounded by nature and can enjoy many popular activities including trekking, elephant riding and mountain biking...

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Serene at Chiang Rai Hotel
Serene at Chiang Rai Hotel
Near the Golden Triangle.
Serene at Chiang Rai Hotel
Serene at Chiang Rai Hotel
Serene at Chiang Rai Hotel
Serene at Chiang Rai Hotel

8.1 Excellent
based on 795 Agoda reviews

62% off on Agoda

Serene at Chiang Rai Hotel4 stars

Why this hotel? Near the Golden Triangle. Quiet, riverfront location. Free WiFi.

An ideal choice if you wish to stay away from the city noise, Serene at Chiang Rai is a small boutique hotel on the riverside near the Golden Triangle, about 60 km from Chiang Rai...

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A-Star Phulare Valley Resort
A-Star Phulare Valley Resort
Amazing views.
A-Star Phulare Valley Resort
A-Star Phulare Valley Resort
A-Star Phulare Valley Resort
A-Star Phulare Valley Resort

8.8 Excellent
based on 2172 Agoda reviews

65% off on Agoda

A-Star Phulare Valley Resort4-5 stars

Why this hotel? Amazing views. Large pool villas. Out-of-town option. Free WiFi.

The A-Star Phulare Valley is a quiet, out-of-town resort in beautiful setting with amazing views of the surrounding valley and mountains in Ta-Sud area, about 20 km from the city centre...

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Siam Triangle Hotel
Siam Triangle Hotel
Riverfront location.
Siam Triangle Hotel
Siam Triangle Hotel
Siam Triangle Hotel
Siam Triangle Hotel

7.9 Very Good
based on 691 Agoda reviews

34% off on Agoda

Siam Triangle Hotel4 stars

Why this hotel? Riverfront location. Near The Golden Triangle. Great value. Free WiFi.

Located 15 minutes from the Golden Triangle, and a 5-minute walk to the historical city ruins of Chiang Saen, the Siam Triangle offers fantastic riverside views and cosy accommodation...

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The Mantrini Chiang Rai Resort
The Mantrini Chiang Rai Resort
Central location.
The Mantrini Chiang Rai Resort
The Mantrini Chiang Rai Resort
The Mantrini Chiang Rai Resort
The Mantrini Chiang Rai Resort

7.9 Very Good
based on 691 Agoda reviews

The Mantrini Chiang Rai Resort4 stars

Why this hotel? Central location. Free shuttle to Night Market. Great value. Free WiFi.

Contemporary boutique resort, located a few minutes from the airport and just outside of Chiang Rai city centre...

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Manee Dheva Resort & Spa
Manee Dheva Resort & Spa
Private villas.
Manee Dheva Resort & Spa
Manee Dheva Resort & Spa
Manee Dheva Resort & Spa
Manee Dheva Resort & Spa

7.9 Very Good
based on 691 Agoda reviews

Manee Dheva Resort & Spa4 stars

Why this hotel? Private villas. Quiet location. Beautiful views. Free WiFi.

Set in the beautiful landscapes of Mae Salong Valley, and within easy drive to major tourist sights of Chiang Rai including Doi Mae Salong, Doi Tung, Mae Sai and Chiang Saen...

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Ben Guesthouse
Ben Guesthouse
Budget option.
Ben Guesthouse
Ben Guesthouse
Ben Guesthouse
Ben Guesthouse

7.4 Very Good
based on 202 Agoda reviews

58% off on Agoda

Ben Guesthouse2 stars

Why this hotel? Budget option. Central location. Excellent value. Free WiFi.

Simple, Lanna-styled guesthouse that gets the basics right. The tidy bedrooms have private bathrooms, air conditioning (fan in some units), free WiFi...

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