Chiang Rai Activities - Things to do in Chiang Rai

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Biking
Since Chiang Rai has a scenic mountain landscape and fresh air, it is an excellent place to go mountain biking. Cyclists will enjoy the natural beauty along the trails following the Mekong River including the views of Myanmar and tropical forests. Please contact travel agencies for more details.

Chiang Rai Bicycle Tour Chiang Rai Bicycle Tour
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5377 4506, 08 5662 4347
Maesalong Outdoor Maesalong Outdoor
Location : Amphoe Mae Chan
Tel.: 08 1602 1308
Bird Watching
Chiangsan Lake is among the best place in Thailand for Water-birds watching. During the winter months, usually there are thousand of migrating ducks from further northern atmosphere. Among them, there are a few rare types of duck, as well as beautiful local birds such as Purple Swamp hens, Water hens, etc.The best bird watching spots would be those areas called ?or Thong Dum and Nong Sa Lab?which are located About 2 kilometers east of the park office.

Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area (Chiang Saen Lake) Nong Bong Khai Non-Hunting Area (Chiang Saen Lake)
Location : Amphoe Chiang Sean
Tel.: 08 5716 6549
Maesalong Outdoor Maesalong Outdoor
Location : Amphoe Mae Chan
Tel.: 08 1602 1308
Canoeing, Rafting, Kayaking
The Kayak trip offers a leisurely kayaking on the cool Mae Kok River where you get to see up close the lifestyle of the 3 people living of the River we kayaking along the levee hill tribe house and way of Life Mountains. Safari on an elephant back Karen Village elephant camp is home to over 20 elephant. Here you can join a safari and explore the jungle

Golden Shan Travel & Chiang Rai Kayak Club Golden Shan Travel & Chiang Rai Kayak Club
Location : Amphoe Chiang Sean
Tel.: 0 5365 2084, 0 5377 7360
Huaikhum Resort Huaikhum Resort
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5371 7438, 0 5391 8254
Mae Kok Rafting Mae Kok Rafting
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 08 1746 6969, 0 5315 0046
   
Cruise ship Mae Kok River
Rafting Along the Mae Kok River, lots of opportunities for rafting both along the Mekong and Mae Kok rivers. The Mekong, one of Asia's mightiest rivers, begins in Tibet and flows some 4,500 kilometres eventually into the South China Sea. The Mekong can be explored from Chiang Saen by an exhilarating 3-hour boat trip downstream to Chiang Khong, or, far more sedately, from Sop Ruak.

The 130-km-long Mae Kok is one of the most scenic and unspoilt rivers in Thailand. Rafting trips are often combined with "inland" excursions, like elephant trekking to hilltribe villages. You can take a short trip or cover longer distances, staying at local villages on route.

Chiang Rai Pier Chiang Rai Pier
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5375 0009
Maekok Cruise Maekok Cruise
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 08 3319 1900, 0 5360 0757
Chiang Rai Tourism Management Center Chiang Rai Tourism Management Center
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5374 0584, Fax. 0 5374 0598
P.B.TRAVEL AGENCY CENTER.CO.,LTD. P.B.TRAVEL AGENCY CENTER.CO.,LTD.
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5371 2884, 0 5374 2844
Elephant Riding Trekking
Riding on elephant's back is one of the exciting activity and you should not miss because you will not only taste the adventurous ride but also have a good opportunity to explore the jungle. For more information please contact your travel agency.

Ruammit Karen Hilltribe Village Ruammit Karen Hilltribe Village
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5375 0009
Tungluang Tour Tungluang Tour
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5375 2161 Fax. 0 5375 2312
Fishing
Kieng Doi Fishing Park Kieng Doi Fishing Park
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5370 1701, 0 5370 1110
Nong Phum reservoir Nong Phum reservoir
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5030 6177
Mae Suai Dam Mae Suai Dam
Location : Amphoe Mae Suai
Tel.: 0 6923 3933
Nopporn Fishing Park Nopporn Fishing Park
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 08 6731 6331
Nantawan Fishing Park Nantawan Fishing Park
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 08 9191 4858
Rujirada Fishing Park Rujirada Fishing Park
Location : Amphoe Mae Sai
Tel.: 08 3569 0497
Hilltribe Trekking
As Chiang Rai has a lot of mountains and hilltribe villages of all major groups, there are many areas good for trekking, e.g. Doi Tung, Doi Mae Salong, Doi Pa Tang and the banks along the Mae Kok River. Many travel agencies and hotels offer trekking packages with experienced guides. Prices, which include guide, meals, transportation and accommodation, normally depend on the number of days and number of participants (the more people, the cheaper price per person). Trekking alone or with unauthorized tour guide is not recommended, even though you have a route map.

Trekking is one of the biggest attractions for travellers in Chiang Rai. The opportunity to get out into the jungle on foot or on an elephant is something that goes hand in hand with a trip to Thailand. Treks vary in length and challenge. Itineraries vary a little, but as a general rule, a two- to three-day trek will include:

a) Trekking in the mountains;
b) A boat trip and an elephant safari, which means some time out on a river and a jungle trek on an elephant;
c) Treks by foot into the jungle;
d) Visits to Akha, Karen, Lisu and Lahu tribe villages;
e) Overnight stops in villages.

On these trips the tour guide should be well experienced, but do not expect to see anything dramatic. Over the years trekking has become fairly standardised, but nonetheless an enjoyable experience. The villagers have become very used to foreigners arriving, taking photos and getting back into their minibus or walking off on their way to the next village. It does no harm to buy some of their produce or craft. Some of the more enterprising villagers will be keen to have a photo taken on the premise that you will give them some money.

Akha Hill House Akha Hill House
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 08 9997 5505 Office. 0 5391 8442
Khun Chae National Park Khun Chae National Park
Location : Amphoe Wiang Pa Pao
Tel.: 0 5316 3364, 08 4489 2173
Chiang Rai Far-East North Tour Chiang Rai Far-East North Tour
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5371 5690, 0 5371 3615
Lahu hilltribe home stay Lahu hilltribe home stay
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 08 5029 5953, 0 5317 0641
Eagle Adventure Tour Eagle Adventure Tour
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5371 7438, 08 7265 0527
Namchong Garden Home Stay Namchong Garden Home Stay
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 0 5370 6343
Hilltribe Tour Hilltribe Tour
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: (Mr. Mhoo) 0 5373 7425
VIP Travel and Service VIP Travel and Service
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 08 1764 4877
Horse and Ostrich Riding
Num Chock Horse Back Riding Farm Num Chock Horse Back Riding Farm
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 01 567 3940
Wana Horse and Ostrich Farm Wana Horse and Ostrich Farm
Location : Amphoe Mueang
Tel.: 08 9635 7233, 0 5377 4878