On Highway 118, at the intersection with Paholyotin Road, instead of turning left towards Chiang Rai city, turn right, towards Phan District where you can visit Phanthong Art Studio run by Phanthong Saenchan. Then, from Highway 118, turn left to Highway 1 Paholyotin, and head to town.
Interesting sights along the way
- A Chinese shrine to Buddhist saint Ji Gong, the one and only Chinese paradise in Chiang Rai,in Phan District. You can also visit Pu Kaeng Waterfalls at Doi Luang Pu Kaeng National Park where there are many activities all year round, including nature trails, bird watching and butterfly watching.
- Wat Rong Khun, the famous white temple. Wat Rong Khun represents “Lord Buddha purity and his wisdom that shines brightly all over the Earth and the Universe.” It was designed by Chalermchai. His art is also exhibited in a gallery beside the temple.
- The historical sites and temple walk, starts at King Mang Rai Monument after which you head to Wat Phra Kaew on Singhaklai Road. This is the temple where the Emerald Buddha resided before being moved to Bangkok. Nearby, you can also visit an old temple; Wat Phra Sing and Wat Ngam Muang to see an old stupa which contains the ashes of King Mang Rai.
- Another significant site in Chiang Rai is the 108 city pillars which are situated near Chom Thong temple, one of the oldest temples in town.
- Afterwards, visit Chalong Pinitsuwan‘s Tai Yuan Art Gallery which exhibits work by top Chiang Rai artists along with some pieces by other artists and sometimes those of the gallery’s owner.
- Then make a move out of town to explore the world of Buddhist art at Promma Inyasri’s gallery in Wiang Chai district (9km from the city).
| Length of Trip|| 2 Days 1 Night|
| Accomodation|| Stay 1 Night @ Baan Mai Kradan 'Lifestyle Hostel'|
| Transport|| Yes (Van, Car)|
| Food|| 2 Meals (Breakfast, Lunch)|