|Apartment (1 bedroom) in city centre||$123.65|
|Tennis court rent (1 hour on weekend)||$5.95|
|Milk (1 liter)||$1.33|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) outside of centre||$262.75|
|Gasoline (1 liter)||$1.02|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$16.21|
|Chicken breasts at the market||$2.47|
|Loaf of white bread||$0.62|
At the northernmost part of Thailand is a large city called Chiang Rai. The city is laid on a flat alluvial plain close to the Mae Koh River. Chiang is located 200 kilometers northeast of Chiang Mai and 860 kilometers from Bangkok. Entry to this city is made via bus, railway or private vehicle. It can also be reached by plane from Bangkok in just an hour’s flight. Climate in Chiang Rai is generally warm. Monsoon rains come during late April up to October while dry months run from November to mid-April. During the rainy season, temperature becomes cooler. If you plan to visit the city, there are cheap flights to Chiang Rai that can be availed online when you book at an earlier time.
Accommodation is always essential every time a tour is planned. In Chiang Rai, hotels are unbelievably cheap. Even with an affordable price, amenities are good enough to make every tourist’s stay relaxing and convenient. Among the cheap hotels in Chiang Rai are Kiwi Guesthouse and Golden Land Hotel. For those who opt for high-end accommodation, luxury hotels include Phowadol Resort and Spa, Angkhang Nature Resort and The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort and Spa. Chiang Rai city is such a friendly place to visit because apart from saving on cheap flights to Chiang Rai, you can also enjoy an inexpensive but quality lodging.
Chiang Rai attractions include Wat Rong Khun. The Wat Rong Kkun is a bizarre white temple located 5 kilometers from the city proper. The unique style of the temple is designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a Chiang Rai-born artist who imagined the temple and brought it into life.
The Chiang Rai Clock Tower is a famous landmark in the city center because of its swirling and twisting spires. In the evening the clock is a main attraction as it displays various lights and sounds. Although it is not classified as a must-see attraction, the architectural design grabs people’s attention. Chiang Rai boasts a lot of tourist spots such as cultural parks, religious sites and museums.
In Chiang Rai, food is incredibly cheap. People in Chiang Rai prefer buying food in markets and restaurants that is why ‘street food’ is not that visible except on Saturdays when the walking-street is open. Authentic Thai food is cheapest at the local market. Although the price is unbelievably low, the quality is still good.