This post is part of my trip to Thailand which I began with Home Sweet Home and I have already written about my first destination as The Golden Triangle – Tachileik. In this post, I will be writing about my family trip to the Northern Most Province of Thailand – Chiang Rai.
There are multiple ways that visitors can get to Chiang Rai. I have traveled to Chiang Rai by both land and air from Bangkok. For land transportation option, visitors can either take bus from Bangkok bus terminal or get private rental car. In either case, it takes about 11 to 12 hours ride. I would say the most economical way of land transportation is bus which costs about only $30. For air options, there are various airlines that fly that to Chiang Rai from Bangkok. As I mentioned in Home Sweet Home post, all the flights from Bangkok to Chiang Rai take off from Don Mueng Airport except Thai Smile Airline which is owned by Thai Airway. As for this trip, since I was in Tachileik, my family arranged a private van to visit Chiang Rai. From Tachileik (the Thailand counterpart side is called Maesai), it only takes about 30 minutes to get to Chiang Rai.
The Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden – This is one of the absolute stunning garden that I have visited. The garden was built over 10 acres of land with uncountable flowers of red, yellow, white and any color that you named it. This place is a must visit for any flower enthusiastic. In the middle of the garden, there is a sculpture named “Continuity”. The name was given to draw attention to the fact that continuity ensures the success of any endeavor.
Choui Fong Tea Plantation – As a next stop after The Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden, we stopped by at Choui Fong Tea Plantation. The gorgeous view of over 300 acres tea valley is definitely a breath taking. There is a small cafeteria at the top of valley for refreshment. Most of the stuffs served at cafeteria are dim sum type food and various drinks. For me, it was quite relaxing just to sit at outdoor cafeteria and enjoy the beauty of green valley.
The White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) – This is one of a kind temple that I have ever visited. If anyone would like to visit simple white and fascinating artwork, this is definitely to go place. I would recommend to go there on a good sunny day where visitor can see the bright silver reflection of the temple structure. When I first saw the temple, I was just gazing the temple in amazement.
The Golden Triangle (Thailand Side) – Final stop of our day trip was at Thailand side of Golden Triangle where visitors can have a view of both Burma (Myanmar) and Laos. Along the side of Mekong River, there is a giant Buddha statue on a ship and two elephant statues where locals pay homage. There are also some vendors where visitors can buy souvenir in the area.
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