The one and only reason why i came to Chiang Rai was to see the White Temple or Wat Rong Khun as it is locally called. As basically the town is more or less a sleepy town, nothing nice to see. I was lucky enough to find someone to host me during my stay in Chiang Rai. I highly recommend to set a 2 way trip with a driver before heading to the temple as it’s in the middle of nowhere and won’t be able to find a taxi back into town. The temple consists of 9 buildings and the Main building is reached by crossing the bridge over the lake (or pond). The bridge is special as it is called The Bridge of Cycle of Re-birth, therefore you will see outreaching hands that symbolize unrestrained desire forming this bridge. And then you will meet the Gate of Heavens which is headed by 2 creatures from Buddhist mythology before finally reaching the Main Building. The Main building is covered with many mirrored glass (therefore quite blinding under the sunlight) and styled with 3 tiered roofs of dragon. You will also see a Gold Building which is a total contrast to the rest of the many white buildings within this temple grounds. The gold symbolizes how people focus on worldly desires and money. A unique way to look at life & death.
After we hit the road to Cherntawan Meditation Center. This is an amazing place to be in during your visit to Chiang Rai. It’s a bit difficult to find and it’s considered as a hidden tourist spot. Maybe that’s a good thing so you can enjoy the silence and see how peaceful it is to walk around. There is a late art area throughout the part and some delicious local food stalls around which only have Thai menus, so you might consider visiting with a local. It’s really worth visiting this place if you are in seek of some inner peace.