Shiniest Wat in the world ever

Trip Start Jan 16, 2009
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Trip End May 26, 2009


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Pam's Guesthouse

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

So in Huay Xai we tried to lie in until a reasonable time, but there was some building work next door. Awesome. Luckily EW is feeling more human, though perhaps she'll never be fully healed after the boat ride...

To cross the border you have to get stamped out of Loas take a ferry across the river and then get stamped into Thailand, so this si what we did. It was indeed very easy, but everyone going our way was local and everyone going the other direction was westerners, I think we may have done it all the wrong way round... Or perhaps the people going into Laos don't realise the rainy season is definitley starting... ho hum.
We took a tuk tuk to the bus station (it wasn't a station, it was a market where buses park) and quite enjoyed using a currency where you can think in enough significant figures, go Baht!! Also, long live the king.

We arrived at the bus at 9.51 and it was leaving at 10am, perfect. There was even time to nip into the 7/11 (oh how we've missed them) and get a cheese and ham toastie. Excellent.
The bus ride to Chiang Rai was only 2 hours, which after 10h/day for the last 2 days on boats was a doddle, even if the bus was rubbishy. The bus station here is even in the centre of town, so we only had to walk about 10mins to get to somewhere to stay, though my map reading skills tried to make this as long as possible. After getting comfy and changing our dubiously sweaty clothes we made our way back to the bus station to go see Wat Rong Khun. Popped on another rubbishy local bus and went the 13km out of town to the Wat.

This Wat is the reason we've stopped off at Chiang Rai and we weren't dissapointed.
Imagine the shiniest thing you have ever seen, can ever imagine and this is how I would describe Wat Rong Khun. It's not finished yet, theres still murals to be painted and buildings to be built, but the bit they've finished is awesome. It's entirely white and covered in mirror tile mosaic., so bright you can barely look at it in the sun. There were bizzaree sculptures of hands coming up from the ground, presumably from hell and a mural with rockets/superman/neo from teh matrix/the twin towers/ converse shoes. Everything you'd not expect to see. It was genius.
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We had tea at a pizza place, and had an awesome bbq chicken pizza, EW indeed managed a meal, it was a proud moment.

The next morning we got some breakfast, but EW ahd left her hat ina  cafe that didnt open til 10 so we loitered around a bit. The hat was retrieved and we went to buy a bus ticket to Chiang Mai.
The woman at the booth was a poor salesperson. She sold us a ticket for the 1330 bus, 3hours away, and when we got to the bus station there were infact 4 buses before then. Unfortunatley we had to change the ticket 3 hours before the time on it so as to get a refund. So we waited in the bus station as long as the bus journey was.

By the time the bus came we were both quite bored and annoyed at the woman who had sold us the ticket. But the journey was fine, air con etc. At one point the police stopped us and got on, looked important and got off.
When we got to Chiang Mai we found the guesthouse we wanted to go to was full, but walked down the road following a man with a plan to the Banana GH which is fine enough, shall leave our Chiang Mai adventures for next time, oh and there have been adventures!

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