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From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

1. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Famous Temples Small Group Tour

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.

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Chiang Rai: Small Group Sightseeing Tour

2. Chiang Rai: Small Group Sightseeing Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Rai around 9:30 AM. First stop is the Chiang Rai White Temple, a unique and impressive temple known worldwide for its alternative figures and drawings. Then, visit the Big Buddha, an impressive figure at the top of a small hill. Go up inside the Buddha's head and enjoy the views of the surrounding countryside. Next stop is Black House, a group of houses decorated using a lot of different color blacks, and then discover the Blue Temple, with its impressive murals.  Finally, make a visit to the "Long neck tribe". Admire the local villagers' unique outfits and handmade crafts. Then journey back to your hotel in Chiang Rai, where you will arrive around 4:00 PM.

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From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Highlights Spanish Guided Tour

3. From Chiang Mai: Chiang Rai Highlights Spanish Guided Tour

Start off your full-day tour to Chiang Rai with pickup from your hotel in Chiang Mai between 06:15 and 06:45 AM. See the countryside on a long but comfortable drive with your Spanish-speaking guide. Stop at the hot springs halfway between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The water is warm enough that you will witness locals boiling their breakfast eggs in the geothermal water.  Then, visit the iconic White Temple, an impressive temple known worldwide for its unique sculptures and carvings. Capture the beauty of this photogenic point designed by Thailand's famous artist, Chaloemchai. Next, head off to the Big Buddha, an impressive statue and temple at the top of a small hill. If there is no special celebration that day, you can go up inside the Buddha's head and take in the views. Have a lunch break and dig in to a delicious Thai meal. Move on to the next highlight, a visit to the Black House Museum. Learn about the history behind this Lanna-style house designed by artist Thawan Duchanee. See his masterpieces in a contemporary artwork museum. Discover sculptures, wooden carvings, and furniture created by him. In the afternoon, see another of Chiang Rai’s gems, The Blue Temple, with its impressive murals. Listen to the history of the city and temple from your informative Spanish guide. You will have the option to visit the Karen Village if you would like to learn more about the culture and lifestyle of the northern hill tribes. Wear traditional outfits, learn how to craft handmade goods, and see the famous neck rings worn by Karen women. After a full day of sightseeing and exploring, make the journey back to Chiang Mai. You will be dropped off at your hotel around 7:00 PM.

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Chiang Rai: Blue Temple and Black House Private Bike Tour

4. Chiang Rai: Blue Temple and Black House Private Bike Tour

Start with pickup from your accommodation and go to collect your bicycle, Complete a short safety briefing, then cycle over to the famous Wat Rong Suea Ten, otherwise known as the Blue Temple. Explore the temple, one of the most Instagrammable spots in Chiang Rai known for its bright blue hue and captivating carvings. Move on to Wat Huay Pla Kung, famous for its massive white statue of Guanyin, the goddess of mercy and compassion, as well as its 9-storey pagoda. Stand in awe of the statue and the two white dragons flanking it. Marvel at the Chinese-Lanna fusion architecture and design. Next cycle through breathtaking landscapes on your way to the next stop, past hills and mountains, local villages, pineapple plantations, rivers, and hot springs. You’ll also pass by one of the top universities in Chiang Rai, the Chiang Rai Rajabhat University, before having lunch at a local restaurant. Fill up on delicious Thai food, then bike to your next stop, the Baan Dam Museum, more popularly known as the Black House. Discover this eerie museum's collection of animal skeletons, wooden carvings, and other artifacts curated by local artist, Thawan Duchanee, to bring to life his interpretation of hell. Head to Doy Din Dang Pottery next, which means ‘red clay hill’ in the local language. Learn about how the pottery house came to fruition when local artist Somluk Pantiboon returned to Chiang Rai after learning the craft from a Japanese master potter. Browse through some of the current collections before you make a visit to the Karen Tribe. Native to the area, the women of the Karen Tribe are known for wearing golden or brass neck rings. Meet some members of the tribe and learn about their culture and way of life.

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What people are saying about Baan Dam Museum

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 221 reviews

This was a well organized and wondrous experience. The guide was super clear and took us to some of the most stunning locations in Chiang Rai - giving us a little history as we went. It was also a beautiful drive through the winding mountains - lots of rice paddies to be seen. The van was very comfortable with cushion seats, air conditioning, and music.

Great tour! If you aren’t fit or haven’t ridden a bike in a while, be cautious as it’s 40km of riding. We did 20kms then asked for a car as our butts hurt :) Knowledgeable, fun tour guide and really beautiful spots. Recommend

It’s not our first time we booked a tour with Get Your Guide. Once in Nice and now in Chiang Mai. Everything was prompt and nicely organised, our guide Corn was very engaging and friendly and very well prepared :)

Real nice trip. Beautiful temples, great guide and good driver, which you'll be happy about seeing as it is a long trip.

Very nice tour... puma is very nice... It's really worth it just the white temple itself