Tips & News

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.

By
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.

Tips & News

Even the Glass is Greener This St. Patrick’s Day

In honor of the Emerald Isle, we raise a toast to the greenest, most conscientious brewers in our region. Because what’s St. Patrick’s Day without green beer?

Tips & News

Thailand is Officially Reopening to Long-Stay Foreign Tourists

The Land of Smiles is officially reopen to foreign tourists. Thailand will welcome its first international leisure flight next week, with about 120 long-term vacationers from Guangzhou, China.

Hotels & Resorts

Why This Maldivian Eco-Resort Is ‘Powered by Plants’

It’s easy being green at Gili Lankanfushi, thanks to this innovative new plant-based package.

Hotels & Resorts

The 6 Best Hotels to Celebrate A Special Occasion

From a former royal guesthouse to a room with sweeping Mount Fuji views, these intimate, extravagant and picturesque resorts are just the spots to celebrate those once-in-a-lifetime moments.