Chiangrai

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I’ve been wanting to visit The White Temple for the longest time, and I can finally tick it off my bucket list!

Known as Wat Rong Khun, it is a contemporary, unconventional, privately-owned art exhibit in the style of a Buddhist temple. It a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.

We decided to head there an hour before opening to avoid the crowds, but to no avail. There were already people queuing when we arrived!

 

Blue Temple, Wat Rong Seua Ten

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The main hall was recently completed but there are still some ongoing constructions and paintings taking place in the compound. It is known as Wat Rong Seua Ten, where “Seua Ten” means dancing tigers, referring to tigers that used to jump over the river.

 

Doi Tung Royal Villa & Mae Fah Luang Garden

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Doi Tung Royal Villa and Mae Fah Luang Garden are among the most famous tourist attractions of Chiang Rai province. These two places are located on the slopes of Doi Tung Mountain. With an elevation of 1,630 metres above sea level, the mountain is located in Mae Fa Luang District, about 60 km. from Chiang Rai town.

I was so car sick along the way. The driver was going really fast at every bend!

Doi Tung Royal Villa, built in the Lanna and Swiss architectural styles, was the residence of Her late Royal Highness Princess Srinakarindra, the Princess Mother.

The Mae Fah Luang Garden is the most beautiful landscaped garden in Thailand filled with hundreds of different kinds of plants and flowers. The garden is located in front of the Doi Tung Royal Villa, on an expanse of hillside that was originally the Akha village of Pa Kluay. This village used to be an important route for opium caravans and those involved in heroin and firearm trafficking. Situated in a deep gorge where the Akha lived in a dense settlement without the possibility of expansion, there was little space for hygiene, trash or wastewater management. At the request of the Doi Tung Development Project, the villagers agreed to be relocated to a new site 500 meters away. This site sits on a hill with expansive land. It has running water, electricity, and a paved road into the village.

A garden of mostly temperate flowers was built over 10 acres of land in accordance with the Princess Mother’s wishes to give Thai people who have never travelled overseas an opportunity to enjoy a temperate flower garden.

 

Xx,

Nic

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