Compared to its sister town Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai is a more down-to-earth provincial town, which is just merely 3.5 hours away by car. Don’t be fooled by this seemingly a sleepy little town, there are actually tons to do here. For those who have been to Bangkok, this is comparable less dazzling and modern. However, this is in fact home to a lot of beautiful temples and cultural exchange hub, as it is close to the border of both Laos and Myanmar.
People visiting Chiang Mai would usually come here on a day trip. We were lucky that we actually stayed here for our entire vacation, but even so, didn’t manage to explore everything.