There aren't that many museums in Chiang Rai city, but the few they have are rather interesting. Here's a short list of all of them:
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- The Black House - Baandam - of Thawan Duchanee
- While the 'White Temple' south of Chiang Rai town seems to be all the rage, it seems that far fewer people visit its polar opposite, the Black House, which is, appropriately, on the other side of the city.
- Hill Tribe Museum
- Across the street from the old jail is the Population and Community Development Association's (PDA) building, which houses the Hill Tribe Museum and Handicrafts Shop on the third floor. The museum is open every day and costs 50 Baht (1.30 USD) to enter. On the ground floor is a branch of the popular Cabbages & Condoms restaurant chain, also run by the PDA.
- Hill Tribe Costume Hall
- Located in Tung Park, near the Hill Tribe Museum, this old wooden hall displays manikins wearing the various clothing of the hill tribes.
- Hongluang Saengkaew museum
- Housed within the grounds of Wat Phra Kaew, the Hongluang Saengkaew museum holds religious artifacts and texts. It opened to the public in 2007.
- Wat Rong Khun
- The distinctive 'White Temple' also includes a large gallery displaying the work of the artist who conceived and built the temple, Chalermchai Kositpipat.