The Thai government is now boosting their tourism world. One of them is by promoting tourist spots that are not yet known.

"Not only Bangkok and Phuket but many other hidden places. We hope these hidden places become new tourist destinations," said Director of Asean, South Asia and South Pacific Division, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Kulpramote Wannalert, in Bangkok on Wednesday (26/9).

One place that is targeted to become a new tourist destination is the city of Chiang Rai. Located in northern Thailand, Chiang Rai can be reached by airplane from Suvarnabhumi Airport. The distance is around 90 minutes.

In Chiang Rai, there are many unique tourism options, from tea gardens, villas belonging to the Royal Thai family, to highly instagramable temples.

Let's go, one by one tourist attractions in Chiang Rai!

1. Golden triangle, where opium dealers have traded

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

 

One of the tourist destinations in Chiang Rai that is interesting to visit is the Golden Triangle or golden triangle. Why is it interesting? Because this area was once the place where opium dealers traded.

The distance to the Golden Triangle from Chiang Rai Airport is only around 70 km. Can be reached within 90 minutes with four-wheeled vehicles.

 

This Golden Triangle is in the highlands, so from this location you can see the Mekong River which is the border of three countries, namely Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.

Why is it called the Golden Triangle? Our tour guide, Nuangwan, said the Golden Triangle term emerged from opium transactions that had occurred in the place.

"Because each dealer has currency from his own country, finally the opium transaction is agreed to use gold," said Nuangwan, Sunday (9/23).

Now there are no more opium transactions in the Golden Triangle. Because the Thaiand government has destroyed all opium fields. In addition, severe penalties also threaten opium dealers and users.

Also Read: Travel: Track the Opium Trail in the Golden Triangle

2. Hall of Opium

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

Want to know more about opium? From the Golden Triangle, you can go directly to the Hall of Opium, which is not far away, only about 15 minutes drive.

In this museum you can find out more information about opium, from the form of flowers, how to produce them, to opium wars involving Britain and China.

In addition, you can also find out the impact of opium on health and how the Thai Government is struggling to destroy the opium fields that once flourished in the Golden Triangle area.

Anyway, to enter this cool museum, you have to pay 200 Baht or around Rp. 90 thousand.

3. Learn creatively in Bang Pang Ha Village

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

Another place you can go to is Bang Pang Ha Village. The location of the village is also not far from the Hall of Opium, about 60 minutes away by vehicle.

In this village you can stop by the Jinnaluck residence. This Thai woman is very creative, you know. He, for example, transforms the Murberry stems into various paper crafts, ranging from paintings, umbrellas, to bridal clothes!

Here you will also be taught how to turn paper from Mulberry stems into unique crafts. Anyway, Jinnaluck also produces natural soaps and beauty masks.

To be sure, visiting this place doesn't only make you more creative, but also will inspire you.

4. Doi Tung Royal Villa, Royal Thai family villa

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

Other mandatory tourist destinations in Chiang Rai are Doi Tung Royal Villas or Royal Thai family villas. This house has been lived by Srinagarindra or Princess Mother, the most respected member of the royal family, you know!

Located on the top of the hill, almost all of the villa's buildings are made of wood, in harmony with the tall trees that grow around it. Unfortunately, visitors are prohibited from taking pictures inside the villa.

But don't worry about stopping your style, because you can still walk around the villa's yard which is overgrown with beautiful flowers. The air here also feels fresh, you know!
Anyway, the entrance ticket to the villa is 90 Baht or around Rp. 40 thousands.

Also Read: Come on! Visit to the Royal Thai Villa

5. Enjoy colorful flowers at Mae Fah Luang Garden

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

The location of Mae Fah Luang Garden is a complex with Dou Tung Villa. In fact, from the villa you only need to walk to Mae Fah Luang Garden. The price of admission to the park is 90 Baht or around Rp. 40 thousands.

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Here you can enjoy colorful flowers that grow in this 12-hectare park. Besides that the air is also very cool. Very suitable for those of you who love selfie, here. Anyway, once Mae Fah Luang Garden was an opium field, you know.

After the poppy trees were destroyed, the fields were then reforested, planted with flowers, so they became beautiful. The annihilation of opium and the reforestation of this hill is direct instruction from Srinagarindra or Princess Mother you know.

According to Nuangwan, Princes Mother also ordered the construction of Doi Tung Villa. "So that he can monitor the destruction of opium directly," said Nuangwan or often called Ning.

Also Read: PHOTO: Mae Fah Luang Garden, the Most Instagramable Park in Thailand!

6. Choui Fong Tea Plantation tea plantation

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

Other tourist attractions that you can visit in Chiang Rai are Choui Fong Tea tea gardens. Located in the highlands, this tea garden provides beautiful scenery.

Besides that you can also taste tea directly from this plantation. If you are hungry, you can also try a variety of menus served. Regarding prices, don't be afraid of being too expensive.

The right time to visit this tea garden is in the morning or evening.
Anyway, from downtown Chiang Rai, you can reach this tea plantation by car. The travel time is around 60 minutes.

7. Wat Rong Khun Temple or White Temple

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

To Chiang Rai it seemed incomplete without going to Wat Rong Khun or the white temple. So named because this temple is completely white.

Entering the temple's front yard, a scary atmosphere was immediately felt. Because on the front of the temple, there are stretched hands.

"This is a depiction of hell, those hands seem to ask for help," Nuangwan explained.

Scary atmosphere is also seen from the heads of super heroes who are hung on the branches of trees that grow around the temple.

"The super hero can't help anything. The ones who can help you are yourself," said Nuangwan again.

Anyway, in this temple there are also super beautiful toilets, you know. Even this toilet is touted as the most beautiful toilet in the world. Curious, right?

8. Wat Rong Suea Ten or the charming Kuli Biru

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

Besides the white temple, Chiang Rai also has a blue temple. This temple is dominated by blue. Inside the temple there is a very large Buddha statue.

Many Thais worship at this temple. The distance of the temple from the city center is also not too far away. And to enter this temple you don't need to buy a ticket or free!

9. Baan Dam or Black House

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

Other tourist attractions that you can visit in Chaing Rai are Baan Dam or Black House. As the name suggests, this one tourist place does seem 'dark'. This is because many handicrafts are made from animal skulls, one of which is buffalo horn.

In this museum you can also see the crocodile skin made so artistic and various other works of art. For those of you who are fond of uploading photos to Instagram, this one is perfect for you!

10. The giant statue of Goddess Kwan Im

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

Another tourist destination in Chiang Rai that you cannot pass, namely the giant statue of Dewi Kwan Im. You can enter the statue of the Goddess Kwan Im, you know.

Inside are 26 floors. On floors 24 to 26 there are various beautiful carvings. Everything is all white, typical of the color of the Goddess Kwan Im. From the top of this statue you can also see the whole city of Chiang Rai.

11. Chiang Rai night market

11 Most Attractive Travel Destinations in Chiang Rai Thailand

Well, for those of you who like to hunt for unique items, you can go to the Chiang Rai night market. Located in the city center, this market is easy to reach.

In this market you can buy various types of crafts typical of Thailand. Besides that you can also buy clothes or shirts. The price is cheap, you know.

For one shirt, for example, you only need to pay 100 Baht or around Rp. 45 thousands. The price can be cheaper if you are good at bidding.

Curious, right? Come on, to Chiang Rai!

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