Hill tribe Museum and Education Centre, 620/1 Tanalai Rd, Tel. 053-740-088, Situated
in the centre of town is aimed at promoting a better understanding of hill tribes
and their cultures etc. The dusty low-key displays include that of housing styles,
tools, utensils and traditional hunting, fishing and agricultural equipment. The
Centre also runs their own hill tribe tours, where the money actually goes to employ
and help the tribesmen. Open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is a branch of Bangkok's Cabbages
and Condoms restaurant downstairs, whose profits go to support family planning and
sex education projects in Thailand.
Oub Kham Museum, 81/1 Na Khai Road, Tambon Rob Wiang near Den Ha market, one kilometre
from the centre of town. The collection embraces objects used in the royal courts
such as Lanna, Khum Chao Phare and Khum Chao Chiang Mai some parts are from northeast
Myanmar, southwest China and Vietnam which is about 500-1,000 years old. Visitors
can admire 120 year-old ancient fabrics, Sin Mai Kham-golden silk skirt-from the
Mandalay, the golden throne, king’s golden costumes and silver ornaments. A golden
bowl used by royals, is a masterpiece. All those show the glory of the kingdom in
the past. It opens daily from 09.00-17.00 hrs. Admission for adults is 200 Baht and
for children 100 Baht. Tel: 0 5371 3349.
Cultural Hall Museum near the TAT building on Singhaklai Road is a large white building
that has a huge statue of King Mongkut at the main entrance. Visitors can find prehistoric
tools, two medieval cannons, costume examples, ancient pottery and examples of ancient
Lanna literature in the Dhamma script. There are also videos available, a model of
the city and a display of five major areas of Tai culture. The fee for adults is
only Baht 10, for children Baht 5.
Princess Mother '90 Museum is a sizable fascinating pavilion dedicated to the life
of the beloved Princess Mother (mother of the present king, King Rama IX). On display
are fine collections of lacquer boxes, wood pulleys, pottery, weaving equipment and
some old handwritten folded texts with drawings. Admission is free.
Haw Shan Art Gallery - out NongBua Road, across from Family Bakery, in a large, dark-wood,
Shan-style pavilion. It can be opened for special showings.
The Chiang Rai Cultural Centre is just north of the new airport, to the other side
of the highway, next door to Rajapat Teacher's College.
Mae Fah Luang Art & Cultural Park, 5 km west of town, has lovely two lakes, a barge
and several large Shan-style small ponds. There is interesting Haw Kam Golden Temple
with two Shan halls containing accoutrements collected by Princess Maha Chakri and
examples of Lanna craftsmanship: seven-armed candelabra, Buddha Images, wooden alters,
embroidered cloths for wrapping Buddhist scriptures, carved wood screens, swords
and monk’s fans.