As our driver drove speedily around car-sized potholes, mopeds and pedestrians in the rainy weather on the way to the Laos border, we managed to make a quick stop at one of the most interesting temples I’ve seen to date while backpacking through Thailand: Wat Rong Khun.  

Located just outside of Chiang Rai about 15 minutes (that’s driving the crazy Thai way at 100 kilometers an hour in a 30 kilometer an hour speed zone), our ludicrous driver backed into a parking spot and gave us 10 minutes to explore the site.  But of course, we took much more time than that. 😉

Enjoy today’s photo essay as I scamper past the hands clawing at your ankles, across the pearly white bridge & into an artistic contemporary unconventional Buddhist temple unlike any other temple in Thailand.

Wat Rong Khun Temple

White Temple Wat Rong Khun

White Temple of Wat Rong Khun

White Temple Wat Rong Khun

White Temple Wat Rong Khun

White Temple Wat Rong Khun

White Temple Wat Rong Khun

White Temple Wat Rong Khun

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White Temple Wat Rong Khun

White Temple Wat Rong Khun

At the end of my personal tour through Wat Rong Khun, I came to the conclusion that this temple was much different than the ancient ruins I found in Chiang Mai or the more popular temples of the Royal Monastery in Bangkok.  I never realized that the look and feel of a temple in the region could change so drastically.

In the end, I walked away with yet another appreciation of such a rich culture and was even more excited to discover what the rest of Asia had to offer as I trekked deeper into the region on a road that became increasingly less traveled.

My question for you: Where is the most interesting temple you would like to explore?