Where do you spend more time Chiang mai or Chiang rai
We spent two weeks in Chiang Mai, but we were constantly traveling then and we were simply chilling. We still visited a few cool places. You can read about it here: longwelive.com/chiang-mai-pai-canyon-tour/
My husband and I are also having the same debate. We are going on our honeymoon to Thailand in December and only have 5 days to spend in the north and are deciding if we should split our time 3 days in Chiang Mai and 2 days in chiang rai. I personally feel that three days doesn’t seem like enough time to really experience Chiang Mai and that getting to chiang rai and from chiang rai to Bangkok is a hassle. I am thinking of staying in Chiang Mai five days but my husband isn’t sure whether to skip chiang rai or not
On these trips for both with limited time ,I always advise to fly in one and out of the other...however due to you wanting to reduce the flying ,it becomes a lot of road travel.
It is wat it is. People ant do not want to fly,need to factor in lot me time r less places !!!
@miscy123 that's a great link, thanks.
Comparing Chiang Rai to Chiang Mai is like apples to oranges. The beauty of Chiang Rai is the surrounding area and if you like nature, trekking etc then choose CR over CM. And CR is much less touristy which is a huge plus. Don't even bother with the white temple, its a waste of time IMHO.