Reasons To Visit Chiang Rai
The city of Chiang Rai is located in the far north of Thailand in an area known as the Golden Triangle which borders Laos and Myanmar. The area is famous for its many wonderful temples, monuments and churches, while there are also a range of ancient ruins which makes the city perfect for sightseers and explorers. As the city is very popular with travelers, you can also find many top-quality museums exploring the fascinating heritage and culture of the region like the Chiang Rai Cultural Center. There are plenty of outdoor opportunities available including a visit to the Kok River on an elephant or boat ride or the stunning vistas afforded by the Choui Fong Tea Plantation.
Arriving In Chiang Rai
Chiang Rai International Airport is located less than 10 km away from the city of Chiang Rai and primarily handles domestic flights as well as a small selection of international flights. If you are looking to travel from the UAE to Chiang Rai you will not be able to make the trip nonstop as there are no carriers providing direct flights. However, the airport has connections to a few leading airports in the region which makes it possible to travel from the UAE with only a single flight transfer, making the journey a lot more convenient. If you're considering a stopover in the Thai capital, you can find some inspiration with our guide to top things to do in Bangkok.
Chiang Rai International Airport is set within a single terminal complex and offers only a very limited range of amenities and facilities, so you won’t be able to enjoy an extensive range of options like other leading international airports provide. However, there is a café and eatery on site where you can enjoy some food and drink, while there are also a few different shops available to pick up any travel essentials you need. In addition to this, the airport provides travelers with free Wi-Fi so you can surf the web while you wait for your flight. Once you have arrived at the airport, there are taxis fitted with meters available and also taxi stands where you can pre-agree on a fee before setting off. Car rental in Chiang Rai is also an option.
Chiang Rai Travel Information
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Any UAE national flying to Thailand is able to enter the country without needing a visa for up to 30 days. The weather in Chiang Rai is hot for most of the year with the hottest time coming between March until June which sees average highs of around 33 degrees. Be advised that there is a rainy season in the region which begins in May and continues until October. In general you will find prices to be cheaper in Chiang Rai behind the UAE, while the currency you will need in Thailand is the Thai baht.
If you're considering exploring more of this fascinating country you can find inspiration by reading about the top 10 things everyone should see and do in Thailand.
* This information is correct as of March 2018
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