3 Places for Kids to Play in Chiang Rai

Three destinations in Chiang Rai are helping city kids get their hands dirty with a bounty of outdoor activities.

Jan 9, 2017

By Merritt Gurley.

1. Singha Park

You don’t often find zebras grazing rice terraces, but you just might at Singha Park Chiang Rai (free entry, tram rides Bt50 per person), an agricultural tourism attraction in Northern Thailand. This 13-kilometer chunk of farmland has a wealth of nature-loving activities for the kids, including a swan lake and fields of wildflowers to explore; a fruit and vegetable garden where kids can pick and plant fresh produce; a farm house and a zoo full of all kinds of exotic and barnyard animals; and cycling tours, zip-lining and rock climbing for young adventurers.

Wildflowers blanket Singha Park. Courtesy of Singha Park.

2. Anantara Golden Triangle

Is there any animal more capable of capturing the imagination of children than the majestic never-forgetful elephant? The Anantara Golden Triangle(rooms for families of four from Bt72,300) has an on-site elephant camp designed like a traditional mahout village that offers guests an interactive experience with the gentle giants, and the setting, on a hillside overlooking two rivers, has one of the best views in town.

Giants bath time in the river. Courtesy of Anantara Golden Triangle.

3. Mae Salong

Right by the border to Burma, the sprawling hillside rice terraces of Mae Salong(part of Diethelm Travel’s Northern Thailand Off the Beaten Track tour; diethelmtravel.com; four nights from Bt24,264 per person) paint a pictorial scene. It was founded in the 1960s by a force of 15,000 anti-Communist Chinese soliders who escaped from Yunnan and settled in these hills. At 1,800 meters above sea level, the area is cool enough for sakura cherry trees, oolong tea, and sunflowers to blossom. Between the rich fresh air, tea tasting, Chinese temples, open-air bazaars and surrounding hill-tribe villages, you too may be tempted to settle here.

Sindhorn Midtown

Food & Drink

Red Door Cafe

Duck through the art arcade at 151 Dong Khoi (never mind the cheap knickknacks and ersatz Klimts), head down the hallway and turn right, then walk up to the third floor to find Red Door, where a discerning crowd of coffee lovers confabulates over cold brews and drip pours.

Hotels & Resorts

Marina Bay Sands

Designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the 855,000-square-meter MBS rises from reclaimed land in the city’s downtown, with three 55-story towers capped by a 340-meter-long cantilevered floating garden.

Hotels & Resorts

JW Marriot Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

The one-of-a-kind design at this Bill Bensley haven makes a creative backdrop for events you want etched in your memory.

Food & Drink

Sofitel Phokeethra Phnom Penh

When the Sofitel Phokeethra Phnom Penh opened its doors in early 2011, it became the first five-star hotel to open in the capital city since the 1990s.