Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Loop to Chiang Rai - Chiang Rai

The trip from Mae Salong to Chiang Rai was pretty easy as 5 or 6 friendly ladies from Mae Salong were also making the trip on the 7:15 am pickup truck: one school girl, a mother with a portfolio of official papers and her young son, a French tourist, a "hill tribe" mother and daughter team, and several others. The first pickup spewed fumes, and that combined with the mountain curves made me a bit queasy. Our group transferred to another pickup in Mae Chan and were in Chiang Rai before lunchtime.

We excurted to the so-called White Temple one day, and endured the Saturday Night Walking Street Market. We liked Chiang Rai as our hotel had a pool, an attentive smiling owner, and a great breakfast; the city was not as crowded as Chiang Mai, there were several vegetarian restaurants and the excursion to the White Temple was worthwhile and easy.

The Girl Scouts (I think) march by as we wait for the green 7:15 pickup to pull out of Mae Salong.
Mae Salong, Thailand

The Hotel Huen Chan Thip pool.
Chiang Rai, Thailand

The Market.
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Buying treats at a night food market.
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Salads for sale at the night market.
Chiang Rai, Thailand

Workers.
Chiang Rai,Thailand

Waiting for the bus.
Chiang Rai,Thailand

Some shots of the White Temple which is both "not a temple" and "more temple than most Buddhist temples". It's the work of artist Chalermchai Kositpipat who designed, funded, and constructed the temple.
Chiang Rai,Thailand

Chiang Rai,Thailand

The over-the-top toilets.
Chiang Rai,Thailand

Planters.
Chiang Rai,Thailand

Lost souls?
Chiang Rai,Thailand

Chiang Rai,Thailand

Chiang Rai,Thailand

How about those two Temple Guardians?
Chiang Rai,Thailand

Chiang Rai,Thailand

The artist Chalermchai Kositpipat.
Chiang Rai,Thailand

The Saturday Night Walking Market.
Chiang Rai,Thailand

Chiang Rai,Thailand

Chiang Rai,Thailand

1 comment:

Liz said...

The temple is very interesting - especially the hands reaching up from the moat-like area.