the white temple | Chiang rai
Updated: Aug 18, 2020
Ever since I saw this temple on some random Facebook page a few years ago I've been determined to visit this obscure temple. Not only is it mostly bone white, which in itself is strange, but it's also chocked full of grim and grotesque details and statues. It's essentially a goth temple - and it's even more beautiful and fascinating in person!
If you wanna look at the photos just keep scrolling; if you want to know about entrance fees etc. skip to the bottom!
I started the day just wandering Chiang Rai, but after quickly speaking to a girl named Mya we both decided to team up and venture out - grabbing the local bus for 20 baht (roughly 50p!).
It's pretty busy at this temple in a classic case of Instagram vs reality, but it's so unique that it's worth facing the crowds.
The grounds are pretty big and easy to wander, and the temple is actually still under construction so will be even bigger in a few years.
Entry was 100 baht (£2.50-ish) which was more than I was expecting but still super cheap in the grand scheme of things. I think I spent around 2 hours here - it was worth every penny!
GETTING THERE: Chiang Rai Bus Terminal 1, right next to the night bazaar - a pretty old looking bus but costs only 20 baht per person compared to 200+ baht for a taxi.
GETTING BACK TO CHIANG RAI: A little more difficult as there's no 'bus stop', so either wait until the bus drives along the road and flag it down, or wait and see if there's a minivan dropping off tourists - they'll usually let you ride into Chiang Rai for around 20 baht per person. If all else fails, catch a Grab/taxi.
ENTRANCE FEE: 100 baht (includes the museum)