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From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

Activity provider: TripGuru Thailand
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From US$ 49 per person

Visit the White Temple, a modern architectural masterpiece built by a local artist to gain immortal life. Afterwards, take a break at the Blue Temple, built on a site where tigers jumped over the river. Lastly, get chilled to the bone at the Black House.

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Duration 14 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Your tour guide will pick you up from the lobby of your hotel in Chiang Mai.
Small group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the White Temple or Wat Rong Khun, a modern architectural masterpiece built by a local artist to gain immortal life
  • Take a break at the Blue Temple, built on a site where tigers jumped over the river
  • Get chilled to the bone at the Black House, called a “dark, mysterious, and almost sadistic” representation of hell
Full description
Visit Chiang Mai’s sister city, Chiang Rai, on a 12-hour journey to visit 3 very different temples. Quirky, charming, and creative are words that could describe Chiang Rai. At the very least, this city is quite different from Chiang Mai, so join this trip to experience something quite new. Select the private option to have this experience with your friends and family only. Before you begin your tour, you’ll break up the long drive at the Mae Khachan Hot Springs to relax, dip your feet into steaming mineral water, have a snack, or walk around the gardens. Your first stop is the main attraction of the day: the White Temple. If you were expecting ancient ruins, then you might be surprised to find a modern architectural masterpiece designed and built by a local artist, Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. People say he spent over $40 million of his own money to create this unconventional art exhibit and through it, gain immortal life.   After exploring this Temple, head to the next stop, the Blue Wonder. Locally known as Wat Rong Seua Ten, this translates to “temple of the dancing tiger”, because it was built on a site where tigers were said jump over the river.   If the White Temple could be called the stairway to heaven, the Black House has been called a “dark, mysterious, and almost sadistic” place, complete with preserved animals and a collection of bones. Built by national artist Thawan Duchanee, the Black House (also called the Baan Dam Museum) is a cluster of nearly 40 shadowy structures exhibiting art dating back to the Ayutthaya period. After fully admiring these 3 very different structures, you'll be taken back to Chiang Mai.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees
  • Drinking water
  • Insurance
  • Lunch
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Date

Meeting point

Meet your guide at the Tha Pae Gate in Chiang Mai Old City in front of McDonald's. Your tour guide will be holding a "TripGuru" sign. The exact meeting time will be confirmed via email the night before the tour.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash
  • Long pants

Know before you go

  • This tour contains a unique itinerary that was crafted alongside famous travel bloggers and local guide
  • The tour is conducted in English
  • Please wear clothes that cover your arms and legs
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 257 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.4/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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3.5 hours approx to first temple (the white one and most beautiful as well), then to blue temple and finally to the black one (this I did not like). Only the first 2 worth the visit. Our guide was very friendly and told us very interesting facts (not only about temples but from Thailand in general)

May 14, 2022

Very nice tour. Mai was a good guide and Mr Lee was an excellent driver. We switched the itinerary around to avoid busy tourist times which was a nice idea. You’ll be on the road for a while so bring some music or a book. Overall, it was a worthwhile experience and great for taking pictures.

May 7, 2022

The temples in Chiang Rai takes a more modern approach to Buddhism and is quite different from traditional temples we see in Chiang Mai. Personally was not a fan of Black Museum. Puma was an absolute pleasure to talk to and she made sure we were all comfortable during the tour.

May 4, 2022

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