If you are staying overnight at one of the Chiang Rai hotels, take time to explore various attractions in the region. Staying overnight in a hotel Chiang Rai is best so as to see the sights and get some shopping done as well. Opting to reside at Anantara Golden Triangle Thailand will give you the opportunity to visit various prominent local landmarks.
Chiang Rai, though less known for its distinction as a tourist destination, enjoys a fascinating convergence of both ancient traditions with modern influences. Having been a capital during the Lanna Kingdom, the city is strongly influenced by Tai ethnic culture which is evident in the structural composition of its places of worship and the architecture of its buildings even in modern times.
Also having the distinction of being one of the oldest settlements in the country, Chiang Rai is filled with a number of sights where one can clearly observe the convergence of the old and the new. The White Temple, well known in the area, is one such attraction that illustrates the modern influences whilst still retaining the identity of the Lanna culture. The Golden Clock Tower in Thailand, also known as the Chiang Rai Clock Tower is another attraction which will mesmerize travellers with its beautiful and intricate construction design.
Designed by one of the more famous artists in the area in 2008, Ajarn Chaloemchair, the Golden Clock Tower derives its name from its gold imbued colour and stands proud with twisted swirls that can be seen from quite a distance. This same artist is also well known for his designing of the Wat Rong Kun and the famous White Temple as he attempted to preserve the ancient identity of the area whilst stepping into modern times, using both ancient artistic traditions as well as contemporary influences in his designs. The spires of the Chiang Rai Clock Tower can be seen from the White Temple as well for it is located in the centre of the city.