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Chiang Rai City walking tour

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Since you’ll have noticed “worth a peek if you’re passing” seems to be a frequent description of our itemised city sight descriptions then combining as many as possible into a join-the-dots walking tour could be the perfect solution.

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Busy Chiang Rai City may not immediately appear a good candidate for a walking tour but, keeping to the back streets and dodging through a few market lanes, you can do a very pleasant and interesting half-day stroll around town, taking in most of the sights and including a few good coffee and snack breaks along the way.

Meet the clock tower. Photo taken in or around Chiang Rai City walking tour, Chiang Rai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Meet the clock tower. Photo: Mark Ord

We’ll start, where else, at the iconic clock tower. The highly ornate, gold-painted tower you see today is a new version built to commemorate the former King’s 80th birthday replacing an older model. It now forms a traffic circle at the junction of Phaholyothin, Jetyod, Suksatit and Ban Phra Phrakan roads and whilst fancy enough in the daytime really comes into its own the evening when a light show takes place highlighting the tower in every hue from lime green to outrageous pink. (Timing is scheduled every evening at 19:00, 20:00 and 21:00, lasting for 20 minutes.)

Our walk is not a night hike so you’ll have to check that out later, but the proliferation of excellent coffee shop/bakeries around the tower means you can start your stroll with a good caffeine and sugar hit. From the traffic circle head west and take the first right which leads you past the town’s large mosque. Chiang Rai has a substantial Muslim minority—mostly of Yunnanese origin—and though it may be a bit early (or late) for lunch if you need further sustenance then cheap and cheerful Rosprasert Muslim Food Cafe, just down from the mosque, does a ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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