This magnificent waterfall is located around 45 minutes from Chiang Rai and can only be accessed by trekking a short distance through the jungle. Worth the visit simply for the views, Khun Korn is also an excellent place for a refreshing swim. During periods of heavy rain the trail is closed, so bear this in mind before you go.
This landscaped museum complex is a must-see if you want to learn about the Lanna Kingdom, which ruled Northern Thailand between the 13th and 18th centuries. Come here to view ancient teak artefacts, marvel at the Golden Pavilion (constructed from the remains of 32 houses) and walk through the beautifully manicured gardens.
Chiang Rai Province is full of scenic hiking trails, but one of the best takes you through Phu Chi Fa Forest Park and up to the mountain peak at sunrise. Situated on the Laos border, this beautiful forested mountain is the perfect place to kick-start your day. In the surrounding jungle, you’ll find further trails, waterfalls and hill tribe villages.
A trip to rural northern Thailand wouldn’t be complete without a tour of a tea plantation. Head to Choui Fong in Mae Chen District, where the leaves are hand-picked and carefully dried to ensure quality. Marvel at the rippling tea terraces, enjoy a tasting session, or just relax at the open-air restaurant with a green tea smoothie and a snack.
This magnificent temple, also known as Wat Rong Khun, is located south of the city centre. At once a Buddhist temple and an art exhibit, this astonishing all-white structure blends contemporary conceptual motifs with traditional features. Make sure you spend time inside, where you can marvel at the vast colourful mural that depicts pop culture icons, such as Michael Jackson.