Chiang Rai Holidays

Gateway to Golden Triangle

Known as the Gateway to the Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai has a more relaxed, outdoorsy vibe than neighbouring Chiang Mai, giving it a laid-back charm.

Everything is on a smaller scale here, from the tiny night market to the cleaner air. We love Chiang Rai for its scenic surroundings, national parks, botanical gardens, caves and excellent trekking areas. Take a bicycle ride around the small town centre, visit Chiang Rai Beach and head out to the lush scenery of the nearby hills and forest parks.

Extend your travels in Thailand by also visiting nearby Chiang Mai, or take a trip to Hua Hin where you'll find small town luxury and paradise sands.



Destination Highlights
  • Gateway to the Golden Triangle
  • Hill tribe interactions
  • National parks and botanical gardens
  • Trekking opportunities
Essential Information
  • Time Zone GMT +7 hours
  • Currency Thai Baht
  • Visa Information Irish passport holders do not require a passport for stays in Thailand under 30 days.
  • Language Thai - English is widely spoken
  • Flight Time There are various indirect carriers which operate in conjunction with Thai Airways from Ireland and offer services to Chiang Rai from Bangkok.
  • Health Information There are no compulsory vaccinations required for Chiang Rai but you should check with your health professional before travelling.

Top Tips from our Experts


Destination Specialist

"For the ultimate once in a lifetime experience, you must try and stay at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort. It's a unique opportunity to see elephants in their natural environment and is ethically responsible"


Destination Specialist

"Try and visit a local hill tribe if time allows, the interaction is extremely eye opening and gives you the rare chance to glimpse how locals live their life in a personal and unenforced way"


Direct Marketing Campaign Manager

"The north of Thailand is one of my favourite parts in the whole country. I'd suggest combining both Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai so you get a real flavour of this distinct region"

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.


Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Chiang Rai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

€4,329 pp

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort

Types of Chiang Rai holidays

Chiang Rai Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

We dont actively promote Elephant riding in any of our destinations. What we do promote is the opportunity to see elephants in their natural environment and learn more about these majestic creatures in an ethical way. Speak to a Destination Specialist for more details. 

We could spend weeks in Chiang Rai but we understand time is precious when you are on holiday. If you are visiting Chiang Rai as part of a Multi centre itinerary, then a minimum three nights is recommended

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