Chiang Rai Walking Street or Chiang Rai Khon Muan Street
Chiang Rai Walking Street ‘Chill out and walking on ones of the most popular shopping districts.’
Speaking about foods and shopping, Chiang Rai has never felt from its level. There are many good places to grab something to eat or to do a little shopping.
And if you are a real tourist, who has an easy-going personality and isn’t addicted to all those luxury things, then you can wander around Chiang Rai happily, especially at ‘Chiang Rai Walking Street’ and ‘Chiang Rai Khon Muan Street’.
The two streets are popular commercial districts. They may not be very big, but they are good places to go shopping and finding something to eat after the sunset. Both of them are like some kinds of country fairs or market fairs. There are many foods, souvenirs, and traditional items for sale.
Chiang Rai Walking Street is open every Saturday, from 16:00-24:00. It takes place on Thanalai Street in the middle of Chiang Rai downtown, from the intersection of Tobacco Office to the intersection of Government Savings Bank.
There are 3 different zones of Chiang Rai Walking Street. The first zone is OTOP zone, which you can purchase quality goods like products from royal projects, some communities or ethnic groups. The second zone is handicraft zone, which you will find many pieces of valuable and stunning handicrafts done by villagers. Moreover, there are still traditional massage services for tourists. You will learn a lot about local intellect from this zone. And, the final zone is exhibition and souvenir zone, which you can get something for your friends and family.
You will feel like you’re travelling back through time, as Chiang Rai Walking Street is a little bit decorated with Lanna style. You should feel good as you walk through all blocks and booths.
Beside of Chiang Rai Walking Street, there is also another walking street called Chiang Rai Khon Muan Street. This one is as same as Chiang Rai Walking Street, with many foods and sounenir vendors, only that Chiang Rai Khon Muan Street is available on Sunday only. Therefore, if you don’t know what to do on Saturday and Sunday night, you can just go for a walk and grab something to eat at both streets. It will be fun. You will want to grab all your friends and members in your family.
And, don’t forget this, after finishing your time at both street, you should travel a little bit further to see the beautiful and famous Clock Tower of Chiang Rai. This place is a main highlight of the province.
The Clock Tower of Chiang Rai, or the formal name ‘The Queen Sirikit Honoring Clock Tower’, was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, as famous artist of Thailand. His clock tower is well-known for the color-changing clock. You should never miss this, as it will be the most beautiful moment. Just imagine yourself watching the same clock appears in different colors of lights. Won’t that be amazing? If you have a camera that is able to take photos in low light, then bring it out and snap a shot of the clock.
You don’t want to forget it. The color of the clock will be changed everyday at 19:00-21:00. There are blue, red, green, and many other colors. But in the daytime, you will see it in sparkling golden color. The clock tower is decorated in the style of Thai and Buddhism. It is hard to explain with texts. Seeing it with your own eyes will be best.
Hanging out on Chiang Rai streets at night is quite romantic and peaceful. So, let’s repeat it for another time, don’t leave the province if you haven’t visited Chiang Rai Walking Street, Chiang Rai Khon Muan Street, and The Queen Sirikit Honoring Clock Tower!
How to get there
For Chiang Rai Walking Street, you will want to start your trip from The Old Chiang Rai Transport Station. Then you should reach the intersection of Pratoo Salee by turning right on Pahonyothin Street. Finally, you will be able to head for Thanalai Street by passing Tung Garden first.
For Chiang Rai Khon Muan Street, you can just go through Thanalai Street and reach Ratchayota Street. Lastly, you will turn left at the block Ratchayota 3, where you can park your car. Or, if you can’t find any empty zone, you can just park your car at Wat Pho instead.
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