Chiang Rai, Thailand has a several wonderful parks and they hold plenty of community events. In addition to night markets and walking streets, there’s always something going on in Chiang Rai.
On this night, there was a variety show with singers and dancers and I noticed that the crowd was getting into the act, too. And they are committed. You can tell this isn’t their first time dancing. This kind of group and community dancing is common throughout certain parts of Asia. We saw a lot of it in China as well.
Visitor Information for Chiang Rai
If you’re in Chiang Rai, this is in the big park across the street from 75 Anniversary Flag and Lamp Park (the little park with all of the cartoonish sculptures). It’s at one end of the walking street that’s a block from the clocktower.
This, and the other community events I mentioned above make Chiang Rai one of our favorite cities in Thailand. Oh, and they have an awesome clocktower that puts on a music and light show on the hour from 7-9pm.
Chiang Rai also has the White Temple, the Blue Temple and Black House, that can all be visited in one day. All are very cool and worth your time.
I will say that Chiang Rai does get the occasional wicked thunderstorm. One night the storm was really going. Tim and I sat outside – the hotel had a covered indoor/outdoor type space. Anyway, being from Los Angeles, our experience with thunderstorms is few and far between. We know more about dealing with a drought than a thunderstorm.
Well, we were reacting and commenting and generally getting a kick out of being in the middle of such a wicked storm. Partway in, we realized that the manager of the hotel was getting a kick out of us for getting a kick out of the storm. She was having a good laugh at all of our reactions. Good naturedly, of course.
We stayed just a block away from the Clock Tower and we enjoyed our time there immensely at Kanlaya Place. We’d stay there again in a heartbeat.
Definitely try to get to Chiang Rai if you’re heading to Thailand. You won’t regret it.