After a lovely few days spent in Chiang Mai we decided to catch a bus to head further north to the city of Chiang Rai beautiful temples ranging in many colours.
It’s not often on travellers list of places to visit but offers a variety of things to experience and home to some of the most beautiful temples.
We decided to check ourselves into the Condotel hotel for two nights giving us a day and a half to explore the markets, temples and the beautiful views.
Waking the next morning early we decided to hire a scooter for 300baht for the day.
First on our list was to visit Wat Rong Khun also known as the white temple. I had seen pictures of this place and couldn’t wait to see it with my own eyes.
Just 11 km outside of the city we were amazed by the amount of tourists surrounding this place. With a 50 baht entrance fee. It is definitely worth a visit. A beautiful contemperary art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple in the province of Chiang Rai.
We spent between 1-2 hours walking around the grounds, there is still work being done due to an earthquake which destroyed parts of it and also they are creating more buildings. It is definitely a remarkable place.
After this we travelled to Wat Rong Seu also known as the blue temple. The art work was incredible, the interior was so impressive I just sat down for so long taking in the beautiful artwork. it was very overwhelming.
A short drive away we discovered a local food market, I personally found the smells too much. Also witnessing fish placed on sliver dishes which were still alive but glasping for oxygen and lots of raw meat it was too much for me.
I was happy to enjoy a very tasty burger at a nice peaceful hostel run by an Irishmen.
The following morning we travelled a short distance of 6 km by scooter to visit the big Buddha.
Completely white whilst sitting on the top of a hill it was very incredible. With a lift taking you to the top to see views across the country. We found ourselves seeing some incredible artwork inside but it was not complete. I think the 40 baht fee will increase once it is completed.
Returning the scooter in the afternoon we decided to catch a local bus for 65 baht to Chiang Kong.
Our plan was to spend one night in Chiang Kong and cross the boarder into Laos the following morning.