Just arrived in Mae Sot, close to the border between Thailand and Myanmar! Funny because on the taxi ride over here we were just reminiscing on how hilarious our Chiang Mai trip turned out to be and it just makes me so happy that even with all the craziness of the trip, we ended up making some of the best memories that weekend and I know I’ll always think of those fondly whenever I think about my travels through Thailand.
The day after Chiang Mai we took a 3 hour bus ride to Chiang Rai, home to Wat Rong Khun, or better known as the famous White Temple in Northern Thailand. By far one of the most unique temples I’ve seen throughout all of my temple visits throughout Thailand.
This beautifully and intricately designed temple is the work of a famous Thai artist by the name of Chalermchai Kositpipat.
The temple is designed to symbolize many Buddhist teachings, with imagery of desire, greed and passion and the hands reaching up are supposed to represent the cycle of death and rebirth.
Much of the temple’s messages refer to escaping desire, greed and passion and moving towards the sublime through Buddhist teachings. To reach the main temple hall, you cross a threshold guarded by demons and traverse a bridge over an ocean of ghostly hands reaching up from the cycle of death and rebirth. The temple building symbolizes the realm of the Buddha and rising to a state of nirvana.
Demons guarding the bridge to the temple.
Kinnon, which is a magical creature found on the bridge.
The inside of this temple has really interesting art, with colorful paintings of cartoon characters like Superman.
Completely blown away by how detailed these designs are.
Absolutely breathtaking but waaay better when you get to see it in person.
Quite possibly the most beautiful restroom I’ve ever seen (didn’t even know it was a restroom when I saw it).
Lucky leaves to write down blessings and wishes.
A peaceful zen garden for some meditation.
DELICIOUS KHAO SOI! We were on the hunt for some good khao soi, which we heard a lot of people talking about and recommending. It’s a famous Northern dish, influenced by Burmese cuisine, and has crispy egg noodles served in coconut curry and chicken.
Our visit to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai left me feeling so content-getting the chance to see the more hidden side of the country, getting a glimpse of the Karen hill tribe community, walking around the city to enjoy the nightlife, bonding with friends, eating amazing food and just taking in the beauty of Thailand.