Chiang Rai Holidays

Known as the Gateway to the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai has a more relaxed, outdoorsy vibe than neighbouring Chiang Mai, giving it a laid-back charm.

Everything is on a smaller scale here, from the tiny night market to the cleaner air. We love Chiang Rai for its scenic surroundings, national parks, botanical gardens, caves and excellent trekking areas. Take a bicycle ride around the small town centre, visit Chiang Rai Beach and head out to the lush scenery of the nearby hills and forest parks.

Extend your travels in Thailand by also visiting nearby Chiang Mai, or take a trip to Hua Hin where you'll find small town luxury and paradise sands.

 

 

Destination Highlights
  • Gateway to the Golden Triangle
  • Hill tribe interactions
  • National parks and botanical gardens
  • Trekking opportunities

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Unique

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Chiang Rai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,819 pp

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Time Zone

GMT +7 hours

Flight Time

There are no direct flights to Chiang Rai. There are several indirect options available. Thai Airway offer a direct daily service from London Heathrow via Bangkok.

Currency

Thai Baht

Visa Information

British passport holders do not require a passport for stays in Thailand under 30 days.

Language

Thai - English is widely spoken

Health Information

There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Chiang Rai but you should check with your health professional before travelling.

Chiang Rai has so much on offer and it's extremely easy to navigate your way around. It's small and intimate feel makes it feel more relaxed than other Thai resorts and you'll soon find yourself adjusting to the pace of life here.

  • Thai Hill tribe woman

    Chiang Rai's Hill Tribes

    Chiang Rai is considered one of the best places in Asia to have an authentic and ethical hill tribe interaction.

  • Thai wildlife

    Thailand is full of nature and offers fantastic opportunities to get up close to wildlife

Select month

Average weather in January

Good travel weather

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Chiang Rai
28ºC
11mm

Average weather in February

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Chiang Rai
31ºC
12mm

Average weather in March

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Chiang Rai
34ºC
24mm

Average weather in April

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Chiang Rai
35ºC
93mm

Average weather in May

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Chiang Rai
33ºC
209mm

Average weather in June

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Chiang Rai
32ºC
317mm

Average weather in July

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Chiang Rai
31ºC
317mm

Average weather in August

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Chiang Rai
31ºC
368mm

Average weather in September

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Chiang Rai
31ºC
280mm

Average weather in October

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Chiang Rai
30ºC
132mm

Average weather in November

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
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Chiang Rai
28ºC
56mm

Average weather in December

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Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Chiang Rai
27ºC
18mm
  • Rozario

    Destination Specialist

    "For the ultimate once in a lifetime experience, you must try and stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. It's a unique opportunity to see elephants in their natural environment and is ethically responsible"

  • Claire, Destination Specialist

    Claire

    Destination Specialist

    "Try and visit a local hill tribe if time allows, the interaction is extremely eye opening and gives you the rare chance to glimpse how locals live their life in a personal and unenforced way"

  • Steph

    Direct Marketing Campaign Manager

    "The north of Thailand is one of my favourite parts in the whole country. I'd suggest combining both Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai so you get a real flavour of this distinct region"

Types of Chiang Rai holidays

Chiang Rai Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

We dont actively promote Elephant riding in any of our destinations. What we do promote is the opportunity to see elephants in their natural environment and learn more about these majestic creatures in an ethical way. Speak to a Destination Specialist for more details. 

We could spend weeks in Chiang Rai but we understand time is precious when you are on holiday. If you are visiting Chiang Rai as part of a Multi centre itinerary, then a minimum three nights is recommended

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