E) Chiang Rai (ENG)

28/02/2018 – 02/03/2018

 

From the « Arcade » bus station, we took a bus from « Greenbus » company, for a rather short trip (3h30 – 200km). This was the cheapest bus line of them all, 129 THB/pp. (1€ = 40 THB).

There are two bus stations in Chiang Rai, with only one inside the city, but this is the terminus :p

There are many things to do and see in Chiang Rai, from nature trails, treks, temples or organised tours within the province, but this was not why we came there. We did only to see the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun), before going further north to Chiang Khong and Laos in a couple of days. (Maybe we will come back another time to see what we missed)

The White temple is located outside the city (10km away from it), but it can easily be reached by songthaew. One can find them close to the market, near the clock tower (you can also find many stands of street food over there). One way is 20 THB/pp and the entrance fee is 50 THB/pp (which is very cheap compared with other attractions we have been to in Asia).

 

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Chiang Rai Clock Tower
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A few pics from the White temple complex
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At the entrance of the temple, we can find a sea of hands pointed toward the sky (and it’s rather spooky)

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Even the floor is beautiful :p

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The « make a wish » fountain in the temple

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Wat Mung Muang

 

 

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Rice and crunchy pork
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Rice and fried egg
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Sweet and sour pork with rice
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Soup of pork noodle
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Egg stick with crab
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Herbs pancakes and fried eggs
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Sugared flowers in coconut sauce
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Soy bean and coco beignets
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Fried bananas
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Banana chocolate pancakes (THe best ones are in Bangkok :p)

 

Next steps : Chiang Khong borderline city and the friendship bridge, linking Thailand to Laos and HuayXay (Bokeo) town !

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