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
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?