Chiang Rai is poised to captivate art connoisseurs and travellers with its upcoming series of art exhibitions, which will showcase the impressive works of local and international artists. As Thailand’s northernmost province, Chiang Rai takes immense pride in hosting the third instalment of the highly anticipated Thailand Biennale. This remarkable cultural event is scheduled to run from December 9, 2023, to April 30, 2024.

The Thailand Biennale Chiang Rai 2023 promises to present a vibrant tapestry of artistic expression, offering a diverse and captivating array of exhibits. The spotlight will be on artworks created by 60 artists originating from 21 different countries, all converging under the thought-provoking theme of “The Open World.”

These captivating artistic expressions will grace prominent venues throughout the city, such as the Chiang Rai International Art Museum (CIAM), the iconic Wat Rong Khun, fondly known as the White Temple, the Baan Dam Museum, the Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park, the Mekong Basin Civilisation Museum, the Rai Cherntawan Meditation Centre, the Chiang Rai Train Library, and Singh Park Chiang Rai. Meanwhile, in the Chiang Saen district, visitors can explore main sites including the Golden Triangle area, Wat Pa Sak, and Chiang Saen National Museum.

Sixty artists hailing from 21 diverse countries will come together to exhibit their artworks at the Thailand Biennale Chiang Rai 2023.

This grand event will feature more than 10 curated pavilions, overseen by local and international experts. Among these, the Korean Pavilion, MoMA Warsaw Pavilion, Production Zomia Pavilion, Sala MaPavilion, Phan Pavilion, and the International Watercolour Artists Group will showcase a captivating array of contemporary art.

Over the course of five months, a series of collateral events will be organized in collaboration with local communities. These events encompass a diverse range of activities, including musical performances by multi-ethnic groups, film screenings, seminars, and an open house showcasing more than 30 artist studios in Chiang Rai.


The Golden Triangle Revisited

Fuelled by the myth of the Golden Triangle and home to various tribes and dramatic landscapes, Chiang Rai province in Thailand’s north makes a wonderful road trip adventure, You could take a week-long solo road trip from Chiang Saen to the towering Phatang Cliff. If you don’t have a week, plan a three-day adventure around the Golden Triangle.

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The Thailand Biennale stands as an internationally recognized contemporary art exhibition, initiated by the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture under the Ministry of Culture. It was first introduced in Krabi in 2018 and subsequently hosted in Nakhon Ratchasima in 2021. The selection of these three cities was driven by their potential to serve as flagship destinations for the Ministry’s “Art City” campaign.

For additional information and updates, please visit the official event website at or follow the latest developments on the Thailand Biennale Facebook page.


Discovering the enchanting Chiang Rai province is a truly enriching experience, thanks to its warm and welcoming atmosphere, mouthwatering local dishes, budget-friendly accommodations, cultural wonders, and artistic gems. Convenient daily flights link Chiang Rai to Bangkok, making it easily accessible for travellers seeking to explore this captivating destination.