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262 M.6, Ban Paoo Nanglae Subdistrict, Chiang Rai 57100 Thailand
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Chiang Rai City & Temples

This is a half day tour aimed at taking you to the main sites of Chiang Rai. Visit the main market area and Wat Phra Kaew Chiang Rai, where the famous Emerald Buddha (in Bangkok) was found in A.D. 1434.<br><br>Visit also Wat Doi Thong, with its Navel Pillars, overlooking the Mae Kok River, and King Meng Rai’s Monument with its annual festival in February. Then visit Wat Rong Khun, also called “The White Temple”; inside it contains murals and paintings of the Buddha image and painted enamel ceramic floor. The outside was created with lime sculpture Thai designs decorated with small pieces of mirror that make the building sparkle and shine under the sunlight.
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Brenda M wrote a review Apr 2020
Edmonton, Canada31 contributions5 helpful votes
Well, if you want to see the long neck tribe, here is where you go. They are practicing their traditional lifestyle but do depend on the tourism for their income. Apparently the tribes have been given this land and in return they must accomadate us. Very friendly and lovely people. Great photo op. Even the young ones.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Elizabeth A wrote a review Mar 2020
10 contributions3 helpful votes
The Karen people are truly welcoming without tapping too hard into the tourism aspects of trying to make a living in this remote part of the world. The village is genuine, the cultural exhibits are legitimate and the market stalls are beautiful. I would recommend purchasing items from them since this is how they make a living, and the items are lovely - hand woven scarves, bamboo cups. What I loved the most is how happy they are to share their space with us!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Arne W wrote a review Feb 2020
Mosjoen, Norway10 contributions
Hill tribe people localized in a common area to show their products and their way of living for tourists. A bit sad to see some of them dancing and playing without enthusiasm, but interesting to see handicraft production and of course the "long neck" ladies with neck and/or leg rings. It is a way of living for them - having income from the entrance fees and selling scarfs and other handicrafts, so in that way it seems OK to visit - and interesting if you have a good guide to tell you facts about their background!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Mark M wrote a review Jan 2020
Jalisco, Mexico268 contributions107 helpful votes
Don't go. We went here on a tour of 8 different sites near Chiang Rai, and were concerned about human zoo argument. We were leaning that way but decided if the village benefited from the entrance fee, it was OK, we were basically making "a donation". After doing that, and visiting the Hilltribe Museum in CR, I wish we had not, But there you are. We did not learn anything about their culture, aside from how often they rebuild their houses due to wear and tear, and the basic facts about the bronze neck rings. It is a small market of outdoor shops, and the sell from many vendors is pretty hard. The zoo comment seems right. The CR museum said that the whole thing was started by a farang who initially brought the women in from Burma as a tourist attraction. They also said some of the people there are not Karen. The net is you really don't learn anything, don't add to any cultural edification and on top of that feel guilty.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Nashboroguy wrote a review Jan 2020
Zhangjiagang, China212 contributions84 helpful votes
Reading the reviews, I can understand now their dislike of this place. I have been to the ethnic village in Chiang Mai, and this place was nothing like it. Everything in Chiang Rai is a poor man's Chiang Mai. I never felt like this was a human zoo, like many of the reviews mentioned. Instead, I just felt it was a tourist trap. The women of the village were all very nice and I have many great discussions with them. This place, as with all of the tourist places in Chiang Rai would benefit from a professional tourism planning commission to make these place more acceptable. 300 bht per person is quite expensive to walk through a market where you seem the same products at each stall. There is no historical or cultural value to this place. No information, no guides, nothing to seperate this from a tourist trap marketplace.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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