Chiang Rai Beach
Chiang Rai Beach
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Firstly, this isn’t a beach as such. It’s more like a river beach or riverfront with lots of makeshift restaurants and even more makeshift infrastructure. The south side has steep banks accessible by wooded steps that look like it was cobbled together from whatever was available. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a rustic place to hang out, chill out, just relax in a calm, shaded and simple environment. The menu and restaurants are hilariously over-priced, but I guess someone has to pay for the setup. As it's more like a restaurant and if you stay too long, the staff make you feel like it's time to leave. Personally, it’s not like a beachfront where I would visit everyday and just chill for the day. It's more like a riverside environment to enjoy every now and again
Written April 16, 2024
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Bristravelling
Brisbane, Australia134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
The Chiang Rai beach is largely a row of bamboo huts set amidst overgrown grass next to the river. The river itself was lovely and the scenery is nice but to walk down to look at the river was past piles of wood and other debris through long grass which I didn’t enjoy. We weren’t there at a meal time so didn’t try any food.
Written June 15, 2018
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singhasam
Weymouth, UK4,015 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
TOWARDS the end of my stay in Chiang Rai I opted to hire a tutktuk and come out to Chiang Rai's famous "beach" for a walk about.
This holiday destination for Thais on the bank of the Kok River has been dubbed "Pattaya II" because during the summer the river level drops exposing the banks which become a wide sandy dune.
There are many trees in this area and the cool and breezy weather attracts locals to come out here for a bit of swimming and relaxation.
I wasn't too sure about the swimming but I was certainly up for a cool walk on a hot day and, once my tuktuk driver had pulled up, pointed me in the right direction and settled down on his back seat for a nap, I walked down towards the river.
You just can't go wrong here and, of all the hidden gems I uncovered during my stay, this was probably one of my favourites.
For a start, you don't have to worry that your stroll will be boring, over rough or uneven terrain or that you will be boiled alive in the sun.
All along this area there is a laid concrete walkway, sometimes on several levels. OK, it may not be in pristine condition, but most of it is as good as the day it was laid and for those bits which have been broken up or slipped then simply walk round them. It is no big deal and even gives the walk a bit of character.
Secondly, the entire walkway which stretches for hundreds of metres is beneath the green canopy of thousands of trees, so you stay relatively cool and when the river breeze comes in it is very pleasant. You can walk down to where you can see a white buddha figure on the opposite bank or up towards bridges.
There are also tables or rough seating areas to rest at on the way and make sure you keep a keen eye out for wildlife because this area is well away from building concentrations. While there I saw squirrels, lizards, butterflies and numerous birds.
Then we come to the riverbank itself. Because this is a popular destination for local Thais there are not only the occasional refreshment and food point biut a string of riverside cabins where Thai families relax for the day. Those closest to the river at the top of the bank are sturdy platform affairs with a simple flat floor and a roof.
Please take care and don't be stupid like I was, wandering aimlessly along only to step between cabins and smash my head on a large bamboo roof support pole as I tried to get back to the walkway above. Keep a wary eye out for such hazards and bear in mind the old humourous warning -- Duck or Grouse!
The river was low enough when I was there to get right down to the margin of the water which gave some nice photographs down towards the Buddha.
There are more huts in a line set back from those right by the river and these are sturdier affairs with perhaps more attempts at creature comforts.
I spent two very relaxing hours here, walking up and down the river or just stood on the "beach" enjoying the views and the breeze.
I'd really recommend a visit here as a peaceful break from the city and you won't be swamped with tourists. I was the only westerner there although there were several dozen Thais enjoying this facility. Well worth a couple of hours.
Written December 13, 2017
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Munchies86
London, UK123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Anyone who comes here and doesn’t like it can’t truly like Thailand as this is one of the most peaceful places I’ve found. No annoying loud tourists taking narcissistic pouty selfies just long tail boats and locals enjoying the water, food and surroundings. There’s some good food to be had from the lady on the corner hut overlooking the water. We came here twice in our 5 days in Chiang Rai. Nothing beats nature and the tranquility that sometimes comes with. I hope to one day return.
Written November 27, 2023
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MIKEWONG1951
Singapore163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
First time I visited this place was 40 years ago, and used to be a very good, peaceful, natural river that link to the Mae Kok river, with many small boats plying along the river, now with the development, things are very different, would rather it had stayed as it was. The river water draft is very much shallow now and not so clear anymore.
Written January 11, 2020
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ntb1
Yellowknife, Canada58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Chiang Rai Beach is a great place to relax by the river. Huts to relax in and eat some food and have some beers. Mostly Thais visit the beach. So a good place to get away from boring and annoying farang tourists.
Written November 5, 2019
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vern d
Chiang Saen, Thailand630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
not some big water,big sand beach but quiet and not over-commercialized; the huts on the river edge are away from the restuarants; beer avail; parking , toilet all fine; english spotty; i speak thai so no issue for me but i had to help other tourists; food is fine ; average to better; unless ur a local might not be th eeasiest place to find
Written June 27, 2019
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peter m
Moranbah, Australia60 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Solo
Took a tuk tuk ride to so called beach it is just a small river where locals go for a swim and lunch.food is expensive and not that good.ok if you want to kill time.
Written September 25, 2017
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Nattamon-DaVinci
Chiang Rai, Thailand27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Following the signs to Chiang Rai Beach will lead you to....Chiang Rai Beach! Chiang Rai beach is located a little bit out of town on the border of the Mae Kok (River Kok).
It is nice to walk (on both sides) of the river and enjoy nature, the long tail boats and the locals.
Written November 21, 2016
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Jerom M
Hinwil, Switzerland24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
Close to the River Kok you will find this unique place - to have a day or half day time to feel like on the beach and even to get a nice meal served by different small restaurants
Written November 11, 2016
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