Malaysians travelling to Chiang Rai will no longer have to transit with a new route launched by AirAsia. Starting Jan 31 next year, the carrier will be flying directly from Kuala Lumpur to the northernmost province of Thailand.
The KL-Chiang Rai service, operated by AirAsia Thailand, will be available four times weekly.
Prior to this, guests travelling from KL will need to transit in Bangkok.
AirAsia Thailand chief executive officer Santisuk Klongchaiya said the new route will make it easier for Malaysians to enjoy Chiang Rai’s many attractions.
“Chiang Rai has both the capacity and potential for tourism growth with its unique art and culture as well as beautiful natural scenery.
“The province caters to a variety of travel styles while being capable of accommodating a high volume of visitors,” he said.
The city in northern Thailand is perhaps best known for Wat Rong Khun, also known as the White Temple. Designed by revered local artist Chalermchai Kositpipat, the temple is an eccentric creation.
From afar, the temple stuns with its sparkling whiteness against the clear blue skies. Venture inside and you will find a mural with Spider-Man, Angry Bird and Doraemon.
Other notable attractions include Baan Dam Museum, Rong Seur Ten Temple, Mae Fah Luang Garden and Doi Tung Royal Palace.
More recently, Chiang Rai gained worldwide attention when members of a junior football team were trapped in the Tham Luang Cave.