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How to Choose a Hotel in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai is a traveler’s paradise; it has many resorts, guesthouses, and hotels. Nature lovers can also go camping at a National Park. Visitors typically spend a night or two in or near to the city center.

Choosing a place to stay during your holiday sometimes can be difficult and can lead to problems. Asia Highlights is giving some information here for travelers who are going to Chiang Rai. Accommodation prices in this city really depend on the location, facilities and the season. In this article we have some recommendations for hotels too! Check them out below.


  • You will not run out of hotels or resorts in Chiang Rai; there are plenty of options, ranging from 3-star to 5-star hotels.
  • Staying in or near the city makes it easier to go for a stroll there during your visit.
  • For a peaceful and relaxing stay, pick a hotel that is not located in the city.
  • Chiang Rai’s peak season is in December and January which can lead to higher accommodation prices.
  • Hotel prices in Chiang Rai also depend on the location and facilities offered.

Choose a Location

Chiang Rai’s increasing popularity has seen a rise in the standard and variety of accommodation. There is something available for every budget, although the choice is more limited than in Chiang Mai. Budget and mid-range hotels and guest-houses can be found in the central area of the city with some notable upmarket options near the river.

Chiang Rai is a small city, and the City Centre is where you’ll find most of the action. The area around the Clock Tower is home to Chiang Rai Day Market, the Saturday Walking Street and a selection of good restaurants and shops.

If you want to escape the crowd, get fresh air, relax and enjoy the beauty of Chiang Rai, it’s recommended to stay in a place in the countryside or near the river. Although it takes time to get into the city and to the attractions, it’s all worth the journey, you can see the beauty of nature and many interesting things along the way.

Hotel Styles and Average Ranking

You can find accommodation, from luxurious spa resorts to popular international names, as well as boutique hotels at a range of different budgets. A hotel room is to provide its guests with a clean, comfortable place to stay where you can get a good night's sleep, while some hotels or resorts provide more amenities to make guests even more comfortable while staying.

Mid-range hotels, or 3- to 4-star hotels, appeal to the largest segment of the travelling public; they usually are located near or in the city center. On the other hand, 5-star hotels and resorts usually are located in an exotic place and usually miles away from city.

Resorts or 5-star hotels often provide upscale restaurants and lounges, valet, concierge services and also private dining facilities which mid-range hotels don’t usually have. But things like swimming pool, business center, food and beverage room service, in-room entertainment, Wi-Fi, are generally also found in mid-range accommodation.

Length of Stay and Budget

There are not many attractions in Chiang Rai, compared to its neighboring city Chiang Mai. However, the beauty of the nature and the pleasant atmosphere can make you forget the time and not wanting to leave the city. It’s advised to stay at least 2 days in Chiang Rai to see the highlights.

Hotel and resort prices in Thailand depend on the season and amenities available. 5-star hotel prices range from USD 100-160 a night in low season and USD 120-180 a night in high season, while 4-star and 3-star hotel prices vary from USD 50-90 a night in low season and USD 60-100 a night in high season.

Asia Highlights’ Handpicked Hotels

Hotels and resorts in Chiang Rai offer something for everyone, from luxurious resorts with lots of facilities to mid-range accommodation. Here we have some recommendations of places to stay in Chiang Rai. We picked these based on the service, facilities, price and location.

Laluna Hotel and Resort

Rating: 4-star

Location: 160 Moo 14 Sanambin Road, Muang, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

Set in lush grounds, this upmarket resort is 2 km from Wat Phra Kaew, a royal Buddhist temple, only minutes from the famous night bazaar and center of town, and a 15-minute drive to the airport and bus station.

Every bungalow is provided with Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV, mini-fridge and also a coffee-maker. Room service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There is also a café and a chic bar, plus a kids' pool, and an outdoor pool, surrounded by sun-lounges and greenery. Other amenities include a hot tub and bike rental. This hotel is perfect for families and couples on honeymoon.

Le Meridien Chiang Rai Resort

Rating: 5-star

Location: 221/2 Moo 20 Kwaewai Road, Tambon Robwieng, Amphur Muang, Tambon Robwieng, Chiang Rai, 57000, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

Located along the Kok River, this chic resort hotel features traditional Thai architecture, and is 4 km from Wat Phra Kaew Temple and 13 km from Santiburi Country Club. The hotel is easily accessible by car and is only 15 minutes away from the city center.

This hotel has stylish rooms with sitting areas and balconies. It features flat-screen TVs, rainfall showers and free Wi-Fi, safe box, minibar, and tea and coffeemaker. Other amenities include a luxury spa with a hot tub and a fitness center, plus a library and business center. This hotel is specifically designed for travelers who want a relaxing and peaceful stay.

Wanasom Resort

Rating: 3-star

Location: 333 Thasud, Muang District, Chiang Rai, 57100, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

Wanasom is situated on a restful lakeside, amidst natural tropical forest and mountains and only a 35-minute drive from the city center. Wanasom is property of Mae Fah Luang University and is located at the back end of the university. This place is perfect for those who are looking for a peaceful stay.

Wanasom has more than 50 rooms. All rooms come with a private balcony, facing the lake and the magnificent mountains, combining the best of beauty, comfort and convenience. The rooms are air-conditioned and include tea and coffee making facilities, a mini bar and a private bathroom. They all have wireless internet access, bottled water and a bathtub.

Wiang Inn Hotel Chiang Rai

Rating: 3-star

Location: 893 Phaholyothin Rd, Tambon Wiang, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand

Features and why we recommend it:

This hotel is located in the city center and is 2 km away from the Wat Phra Kaew and 13 km from the Wat Rong Khun. It has more than 250 rooms, and each room is decorated with pleasing elegant northern Thai motifs. This hotel is perfect for those who want to stroll around the city.

Amenities include Chinese and European restaurants, a sundeck and an outdoor pool. There is also a piano lounge and a karaoke club. If you are travelling by car, the parking is free. Massage services are available. Besides the modern facilities for recreation and relaxation, there is also a convention room for seminars and conferences which can hold up to 500 guests.

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