First Day in Chiang Rai

First Day in Chiang Rai

In June 2018, I spent a wonderful 4 days in the north of Thailand, I went to Chiang Rai.

I’d wanted to go to Chiang Rai for ages, not only to visit the White Temple, but also to see Phu Chi Fah (the Sea of Mist.) I later realised that I was going at the wrong time of year to see the mist, the best time is around February. So, apart from the White Temple, there wasn’t much else I planned to do. For this reason, I wondered whether it would be best to stay in the town or somewhere in the countryside. In the end, I chose to stay at Ban Lom Jen Homestay which is about 12 kilometres outside of the city.

It was the best decision I could have made. I found myself in such beautiful surroundings.

With not a soul in sight.

When I arrived, the owner, Son, greeted me and showed me to my room. She told me that this was the first day of the season and I was the only guest. Could this day get any better?

I dumped my bags and took a short walk to explore my surroundings.

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The Kok River was nearby, so I walked along the path taking in the beauty of the place. It was so peaceful.

To add to the serenity, this huge, white Buddha statue was a lovely sight.

The lovely colours of the countryside – all different shades of greens and browns.

This was my first time in Chiang Rai and I was amazed at how beautiful it was – and I hadn’t gone any further than across the road from my accommodation. I couldn’t wait to see more. I returned to my room and ate satay chicken and drank a couple of bottles of Singha beer. After dinner, I sat outside and wrote for a while before picking up my book. It was so peaceful sitting there as day turned to night. All I could hear was the sounds of the insects. It was a really good start to my trip.

I was so taken aback at just how stunning Chiang Rai was, it inspired me to write a couple of posts about what I saw.

6 Replies to “First Day in Chiang Rai”

  1. Mmmm…Stay Chicken – delicious! How I miss authentic Thai food.

    This post and photos make me feel like jumping on the next plane to Thailand, even though there aren’t any! I prefer Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai as it’s a little less touristy. Although, I haven’t been since 2014. so may have changed now…

    1. Yeah, that’s one of my favourites, although the one I had in Chiang Rai wasn’t great, but still delicious. I made Pad Thai for the first time the other day, another fav. I have been to Chiang Mai too and I, like you, prefer Chiang Rai for exactly that reason. There was hardly any tourists when I went and it was heaven! x

      1. It makes such a difference when a destination isn’t overrun by tourists, but then again, we’re also tourists so can’t moan too much.
        There’s a delicious spice mix from Thailand that you can buy online in the UK to make Satay sticks or throw it in a meal. It’s very authentic. I’m finding it too expensive to buy in Australia as the postage is more than the item – ridiculous!

        1. No, that is very true! I have seen those type of sauces in the supermarkets in Thailand and I have just found a Thai shop here, so I will look out for it when I next go. Although, I went there a couple of weeks ago bought a bottle of fish sauce and oyster sauce and it was a bit pricey. Imported though, so you have to expect it 🙂 Thank you for letting me know though x

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