Tourist Attraction

Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai Airport

From the airport you can take a metered taxi to Gita's House ( 9 km.) and the cost is about 150 baht. Click here for Official website of Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai Airport - live flight details, arrivals & departures, news & update, parking, transportation, map and facilities.

The King Mengrai Great Memorial

The King Mengrai Great Memorial is located in the town on the intersection leading to Mae Chan. 650 metres from Gita's House.

Originally, King Mengrai was the ruler of Nakhon Hiran Ngoen Yang, an ancient town on the banks of the Mae Khong around Chiang Saen, before Chiang Rai was established as the administrative centre in 1262. He consolidated his power by merging the city in the north and founded the Lanna Thai Kingdom in 1296 with Chiang Mai as the capital.

Wat Phra Singh
One of Chiang Rai’s oldest temples

One of Chiang Rai’s oldest temples, 1.2 kilometres from Gita's House, the Wat Phra Singh was built in 1385, a little over a century after the city of Chiang Rai was founded by King Mengrai in 1262. The main structures of the Lanna style temple are the ubosot, the viharn, a chapel containing a footprint of the Buddha and the Kuti or monks living quarters.

Wat Phra Kaew

Wat Phra Kaew (Thai: วัดพระแก้ว), 1.5 kilometres from Gita's House, is a third-common-class royal temple situated in the area of 10,640 square metres on Trairat road, Wiang sub-district, Muang Chiang Rai in Chiang Rai City, Thailand. The King of Thailand upgraded the temple to the royal temple on May 31, 1978. The temple gains historical importance as the place where the Emerald Buddha was found. It is also one of the main centres of Buddhist education and the Sangha’s administration in northern Thailand.

Chiang Rai’s Golden Clocktower

1.7 kilometres from Gita's House. Designed by Thai artist Chalermchai Khositpipat and unveiled in 2008 in honour of His Majesty the King, Chiang Rai’s elaborate golden clocktower (Hoh Nalika Chalerm Prakiat) is a work of art and tourist attraction in its own right. Chalermchai was the man who built the White Temple in Chiang Rai and that same distinctive architectural style from Wat Rong Khun can be seen again with the clocktower. The structure serves as a traffic roundabout and whilst it is distinctive enough during the day, the clocktower and setting takes on a whole new quality when it is lit up in the evening.

Chiang Rai: Saturday Night Walking Street

Every Saturday night, Thanalai Road is closed to traffic from 5pm to 11pm, with the street adopting a festive / market vibe. Very popular with Thai tourists visiting Chiang Rai, and little known about by western (farrang) tourists, hence writing this article.

Thanalai Road is located in the Chinese quarter of the City, 1.1 kilometres from Gita's House.

Wat Rong Khun
“The White Temple” of Chiang Rai

Wat Rong Khun, better known as “the White Temple” is one of the most recognizable temples in Thailand. The temple outside the town of Chiang Rai, 14.5 Km. from Gita's House,  attracts a large number of visitors, both Thai and foreign, making it one of Chiang Rai’s most visited attractions.

Baan Dam (Black House) Chiang Rai

A short drive, 11.40 km. from Gita's House, Baan Dam (Black House) is the unique creation of national artist, Thawan Duchanee. Part art studio, part museum, part home, Baan Dam is an eclectic mix of traditional northern Thai buildings interspersed with some outlandish modern designs. 

Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park

Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park, 7 km. from Gita's House, is the region's largest collection of art items from the Lanna culture or Tai culture. Through purchasing and marketing handicrafts, the Thai Hill Crafts Foundation helped preserve the traditional skills and support the livelihoods of ethnic minorities. The park also provides a relaxing and beautiful atmosphere, which is created by the Northern countryside.