Thailand- Chiang Rai

Trip Start Jan 18, 2013
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Trip End Jul 08, 2013


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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Rai,
Monday, April 1, 2013

After a 2 day journey on a slow-boat down the Mekong we have finally made it to Thailand and have been launched back into the hustle and bustle of city life in Chiang Rai. A visit to the White Temple was recommended by other travellers and although we felt rather 'templed-out' we reluctantly took the local bus to go and see what the fuss was about. It was 100%25 worth it. It was so different to the usual temples scattered around south east Asia, which are so often painted gold and slightly dare-I-say-it tacky in appearance! This was like an ice palace as you will see from the pictures. So intricate in its detail and painted entirely white with tiny mirrors that reflect the light. Built only 16 years ago it is still a work in progress and the architect doesn't envisage its completion until 2070. He has strong intentions that it will one day be regarded on a par with the Taj Mahal and Ankor Wat, and this doesn't seem like an implausible goal from what we saw of it.

Next-up we have arranged a to go on a jungle trek to visit some of the many hill tribe groups which still occupy much of north Thailand. Although there are many tour offices offering similar excursions we have decided to go with a considerably cheaper unqualified guide who promises to show us the same things for around half the cost.....fingers crossed we'll make it back in one piece!
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