Top 9 Hotels in Chiang Rai (Town and Provincial Areas)
If you have read my huge Chiang Rai travel guide, you will know what I absolutely love this tranquil town in the north of Thailand.
I have spent some time staying in some great budget hotels in town before I decided to live in Chiang Rai for six months. On multiple return trips, I’ve also stayed at a few of these fantastic luxury resorts (returning to Chiang Rai while working full time and being able to afford it again).
Generally, the town center in Chiang Rai is the best place to find budget accommodation options. North of the town by the Kok River is much more scenic, this is where you will find the pricier luxury hotels.
Whether you are looking to keep or blow the travel budget, here is a selection of my top 9 hotels in Chiang Rai:
Top Budget Hotels in Chiang Rai (Town)
- Mercy Hostel
Mercy Hostel is located right by the Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, and just 500 meters from the center of town. This is one of the closest hotels in Chiang Rai to the town center. Mercy Hostel has both 8-bed dorm room and private room options. All rooms have Wi-Fi and air conditioning. You will love the swimming pool for cooling off in the afternoon heat, and the pool table for some night entertainment with other travelers.
Stay here: Mercy Hostel
- Fun-D Hostel
Fun-D Hostel is located just 700 meters east of the town center nearby the King Mengrai Monument. Fun-D Hostel has private rooms, 6-bed dorms, and 8-bed dorms to choose from. Rooms have Wi-Fi and air conditioning. On some nights there are great beer specials and live music events.
Stay here: Fun-D Hostel
The Banlomnow Guesthouse is a nice colonial building located about 2km south of the town. There are private rooms with air conditioners, free Wi-Fi, and private bathrooms. The guesthouse is close enough to town to be walking distance (about 30 minutes) though it is a fair bit further out than Mercy Hostel.
Stay here: Banlomnow Guesthouse
Top Luxury Hotels in Chiang Rai (Town)
- The Riviere (formerly Dusit Island), Chiang Rai
The Riviere Island Resort is my favorite luxury resort on this list of the top hotels in Chiang Rai. It is located 2km from the center of town alongside the Kok River, so is still walking distance to the town center. The Riviere Island Resort overlooks the mountain ranges to the north, perhaps one of the nicest views in Chiang Rai.
- The Legend Chiang Rai
The Legend Chiang Rai is a super luxury style resort located right along the banks of the Kok River. If you want to splurge a bit on your trip, then look no further. Everything here is amazing; food, pool, views, rooms, and beds. You may only stay one or two nights here, but you won’t forget them.
Stay here: The Legend Chiang Rai
- Laluna Resort, Chiang Rai
Laluna Resort is a great mid-range hotel nearby the center of Chiang Rai. It is located within walking distance of the weekend walking street markets, 2km south of the city center. Laluna Resort has a great swimming pool and comfortable rooms. A great spot for your time spent in the city.
Stay here: Laluna Resort
Top Hotels in Chiang Rai (Provincial)
- Fortune River View, Chiang Kong
The Fortune River View hotel is located right by the Mekong River in Chiang Kong, with a direct view across to Laos. From just USD 40 per night in the low season, with regular specials on, it is surely one of the cheapest luxury resorts you will find in Thailand. The hotel is a short walking distance to the town center where you can see the procession of monks in the early morning.
Stay here: Fortune River View
- Rai Saeng Arun Resort, Chiang Saen
Rai Saeng Arun Resort is one of the best-kept secrets of northern Thailand. This boutique hotel in Chiang Rai’s mountains is located midway between Chiang Khong and Chiang Saen with stunning views over the Mekong River.
Access your bungalow via this long wooden boardwalk crossing the rice paddies for a throwback to the rural life. This picturesque bungalows comes at a price though, upwards of USD 100 per night and quite often fully booked out in advance.
Stay here: Rai Saeng Arun Resort
- Imperial Golden Triangle Resort, Chiang Saen
Another luxury hotel in Chiang Rai from just USD50 per night, this town has some awesome deals! The Imperial Golden Triangle Resort is one of the best places to stay in Chiang Saen with great views over the Golden Triangle. This hotel is located right near the location where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar borders meet.
Stay here: Imperial Golden Triangle Resort
What are your travel plans in Chiang Rai? Be sure to check out my articles including:
- My comprehensive Chiang Rai travel guide with over 19 destinations to visit
- A detailed guide to Khun Korn Waterfall, the tallest waterfall in Chiang Rai
- Another list of great budget hotels in Thailand for a little more travel inspiration.