Chiang Rai is the northernmost large city in Thailand. There are plenty of impressive temples to visit such as the white temple or the blue temple. While being highly impressive pieces of art, bare in mind that the white temple was created back in 1997 and that the blue temple is a 2 years old creation. Therefore it is more a blend of modern art and ancient buddhist architecture.
Just wandering around the city center of Chiang Rai will give you the opportunity to discover more authentic temples and enjoy a diner at the local night market.
The so-called Chiang Rai ‘beach’ is nothing more than a couple of restaurants alongside the Kok river. However, It is a nice and relaxing way to enjoy a lunch.