Translation Chusri Ngamprasert Photos Courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand
for All Seasons
Many people tend to
think of Chiang Rai as
a winter haven. In fact,
the northern province of
Chiang Rai is a destination
for all seasons. Here is a
noteworthy list for a trip
that’s good all year round.
Witness the unique beauty of Thai
architecture at Wat Rong Khun.
Decorated with silver-coloured-glass,
you’ll see the fascinating all-white temple
as designed by a Thai artist. Take time
to see the display of elaborate murals and a
separate art gallery with a showcase of fine
paintings. The temple and the art gallery are
open daily from 8am to 5pm.
If you’re someone who loves the active
participation of agro-tourism and adventure
travel, add Singha Park to your itinerary.
Boasting various floras spanning over 8,000
rai (2,300 acres) of land, Singha Park offers
numerous beautiful sceneries and a wide variety
of activities. Enjoy farm tours, biking or get up
close to the animals from the African continent,
such as giraffes, zebras, and Watusi cows.
Venture high up on the mountain of
picturesque Doi Tung, where three must-visit
places include the royal villa, Phra That Doi
Tung and Mae Fah Luang Garden. For the
coffee aficionado, Café Doi Tung is the place
to test the body and aroma of highland
Arabica coffee cultivated in Chiang Rai.
Drop by the Doi Tung Lifestyle Shop, with
their varieties of products, made by ethnic
minorities and people working in the Doi
Tung Development Project. These include
hand-woven products such as apparel,
accessories, and home décor, ceramics and
mulberry paper products.
On the cliff of Phu Chi Fa, the spectacular
views of the valley and sea of mist at sunrise
are mesmerising. Phu Chi Fa Forest Park
is about 1,200–1,628 metres above sea
level, so the weather is mild all year round.
During wintertime, visitors and campers flock
there to enjoy the winter retreat, the sea of
Opposite Page, Left
of Wat Rong Khun’s
exterior and interior
designed by a Thai
Up close with
the animals at
Spectacular flora at
Mae Fah Luang
Garden, Doi Tung