Chiang Rai

Bangkok, visit three An email from the repair shop told me that my laptop had been fixed, so I booked a flight back to Bangkok. I collected the lappy from the shop, watched a terrible film (Olympus Has Fallen - don't waste your time), and had a club night out with some other people from the hostel. I flew to Chiang Rai the following day - definitely a flying visit to Bangkok this time. Chiang Rai The main draw for Chiang Mai (for me at any rate) was the nearby White Temple - somewhere between a Buddhist temple and modern art project. I took a local bus there (always fun when you're the only foreigner on the bus) for 20 baht, and spent about two hours wandering about the site. The pictures below hopefully illustrate how beautiful but insane the place is...
Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple

Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple

Hands reaching from the ground, at the White Temple

Hands reaching from the ground, at the White Temple

A bell. I like taking pictures of them

A bell. I like taking pictures of them

Can you identify all the heads?

Can you identify all the heads?

A White Temple sculpture

A White Temple sculpture

Tortured images at the White Temple

Tortured images at the White Temple

A strange sculpture at the White Temple

A strange sculpture at the White Temple

One of the bridge guardians, at the White Temple

One of the bridge guardians, at the White Temple

Back at the hotel, sat in the courtyard reading a book, I overheard someone in the dorm-room talking about the Gibbon Experience - a combined trekking and zipline tour in Laos. I intercepted Pieter, a Dutch guy, as he was leaving the dorm and had a quick chat about what his plans were for the next few days, as I'd been thinking about going on the Gibbon Experience. We ended up going for some food in the local Night Bazaar - which I'd been to the previous night for some cheap Thai dinner. This night appeared to have a celebrity visiting, and we sat in complete confusion as some kind of contest was administered by the celeb - a fairly old, paunchy guy wearing a sailor's cap. Everyone else (the 99% Thai crowd) seemed to be loving it, and despite having no idea what was going on we both enjoyed it too, whatever it was 😉 So, that was Thailand done with for a while - we arranged to meet up in the morning and head to Laos. Farewell (again) Thailand, I'm sure I'll be back again pretty soon...
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