Luxury Chiang Rai holidays promise a relaxing and enriching getaway packed with attractions, beautiful scenery and world-class cuisine. In short, it’s an excellent destination in its own right. Chiang Rai is also the northernmost city of its size in Thailand and a key hub for anyone heading north to the Golden Triangle where Thailand meets Laos and Myanmar.
The heart of Chiang Rai lies south of the Kok River and roughly centres around the Clock Tower, an elaborate golden structure that doubles as a roundabout. Attractions in this area are numerous and include several ancient Buddhist temples, some excellent museums telling the history of the Lanna Kingdom and the city’s best daytime and night markets. Outside the city centre, you’ll discover a quieter pace of life and yet more attractions located amongst the lush green countryside.
Head west and you can visit an art & culture park, explore a beautifully kept botanic garden or relax at the Chiang Rai River Beach. Beyond the city limits, you can walk through rainforest in search of thundering waterfalls. Venture south and you can visit one of the region’s most famous attractions – the White Temple. Going north out of town will let you visit the region’s hot springs and tea plantations and give you the opportunity to stay in some of Chiang Rai’s most exclusive and secluded luxury resorts. For the most scenic hiking, head for the mountains east of Chiang Rai on the Laos border.
"Chiang Rai is a year-round holiday destination with three major seasons – cool, hot and green. Between November and March, the weather is mostly dry, sunny and warm. Temperatures peak in April and May, pushing into the 30s, while the green season arrives in July.
In the cooler months, December and January, the conditions are ideal for trekking and activities. Sightseeing during the wet months, August and September, is absolutely fine but pack for short bursts of rain, typically followed by warm sun.
A luxury holiday to Chiang Rai opens you up to a world of culinary experiences. The 5-star resorts usually offer a range of dining establishments serving up all kinds of dishes – from modern Thai cooking to international favourites.
Particular favourites in this region include kow soy (coconut curry with noodles and pickled vegetables), pork curry, and – if you’re feeling adventurous – pla som, a fermented fish dish served with sticky rice. Otherwise, enjoy a range of international cuisine cooked by expert chefs at your resort.
British nationals can usually travel in Thailand without a visa for up to 30 days – to find out more, check the entry requirements at GOV.UK. It’s recommended that you carry identification on your person when travelling in a foreign country.