Chiang Rai is ideally situated for discovering Thailand’s Golden Triangle, so three days in the city give you ample time to immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine, and explore the northern highlands. Here’s how.
Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park
313, Moo 7, Ban Pa Ngiew, Chiang Rai, Thailand
Also within the park sits the Golden Pavilion (Haw Kham). Rising from the center of the park, this temple-like royal residence was built in 1984 from the materials of 32 Thai wooden houses. You can come to the park independently or with a guide as part of a larger area tour; the latter option is useful if you want to learn about the history and significance of the Lanna Kingdom.
Things to know before you go
- The Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park is a must-visit for art, history, and architecture lovers.
- Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for exploring the park.
- The park offers wheelchair ramps and accessible toilets.
How to get there
The park is located just west of central Chiang Rai, about a 10-minute drive or tuk-tuk ride from the Clock Tower and Night Market area. It's easiest to get here by car or motorbike as part of a tour. While buses aren’t available, you can catch a songthaew (shared truck) right to the museum.
When to get there
The Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park is open Tuesday through Sunday during daylight hours and closed on Mondays. As much of the park is outside, it's best visited during the dry season (November through May), and earlier in the morning, when temperatures are relatively cool.
The Hall of Opium
The Mae Fah Luang foundation also runs a museum north of Chiang Rai, on the border with Laos and Myanmar, known as The Hall of Opium. The focus here is on the opium trade that dominated the region until the 1990s, and focuses on both the history of the opium trade, the opioid addiction epidemic, and its legal, political, and social implications.
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