Chiang Rai


Chiang Rai Black House

It’s hard not to compare the White Temple to the Black House. It’s almost as if they were deliberately created as opposites – opposite colors and locations – white is south of Chiang Rai, black is north; white is surreal, black is naturalistic; white is enlightenment and life, black is death. But once you experience each one, you realize that they’re not in competition at all. They’re both in their own little worlds, seemingly oblivious to their “counterpart” on the other side of town. The Black House or “Baan Dam” in Thai (บ้านดำ), sometimes incorrectly referred to as the Black…

Chiang Rai White Temple

There are basically two things to see in Chiang Rai, the white temple and the black temple (well, black house, but whatever). Today, we did the white temple. We walked over to the old bus station in the center of town and asked around for Wat Rong Khun. They pointed us to platforms 7 and 8. We bought our tickets from the lady there – 20 baht each (about $1.50 total). I’ve been doing better at reading Thai (I already speak/read/write Cambodian, and Thai characters are similar), so I was sure we were right because it said วัดร่องขุ่น on the…