To fully appreciate the hill culture and Buddhist heritage of Chiang Rai province, Visama Mae Chan has created a selection of half- and full-day trips.
For example, the Blue Temple (Wat Rong Suen Ten) and the White Temple (Wat Rung Kun) are remarkable. The White Temple is a modern marvel, a breathtaking architectural masterpiece, conceived by local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, that transcends traditional Thai temple design.
The Blue Temple was designed by another local artist, Phuttha Kabkaew, a student of Chalemermchai, as both a Buddhist sanctuary and a visual feast for the senses. The vibrant blue facade symbolizes the Dharma, while the interior is adorned with mesmerizing murals depicting Buddhist teachings and mythical tales. A harmonious blend of tradition and contemporary artistry, the Blue Temple invites contemplation and appreciation.
A day trip to Chiang Khong on the Mekong River reminds guests of the cultural and trading influences of the Golden Triangle, the fabled and infamous opium growing region that straddled the mountains of northern Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Since 2013, Chiang Khong market town has had a bridge across the river to Huay Xai in Laos.
Similarly, a half day trip from Visama Mae Chan gives insights to the lives of the Akha and Yao hill tribes. The Yao originated in China and are influenced by Chinese traditions, the Akha originally hailed from Tibet. The lodge also offers trips that give insights into the Karen ‘long neck’ people.
Still traveling comfortably by private vehicle with guide and driver, guests can visit other attractions such as Doi Mae Salong, where nationalist Kuomintang refugees from China fled in 1949.
There are trips to Doi Wawee coffee plantations, an ‘opium trail’ hill tribe village tour, and the Doi Tung botanical gardens in the mountains.
For more physical experiences, guests can hike or mountain bike with guides or try an elephant safari.
The activities and tour options at the resort are flexible and can be tailored to meet guests personal interests. In short, Visama Mae Chan offers multiple thoughtful options for engaging with Chiang Rai past and present.