White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The Wat Rong Khun temple or “White Temple” is located in Chiang Rai, Thailand and we stopped there while en route from Chiang Mai to Chiang Khong.  As you can see it is beautiful and very artistic.  It was in fact designed by an artist named Chalermchai Kositpipat.


The hands sculptures were on either side of the walkway at the front entrance!


He had quite an imagination…


At the border of Laos we boarded this slow boat for an eight hour trip on the Mekong River.  We had the boat all to ourselves!


We stopped at a village where the Hmong hilltribe people lived in Laos…and a discussion began concerning happiness.  One of the women on the trip felt very sorry for these people.  They seemed quite happy to me!  So long as people have a roof over their head, food to eat, clean water, and medical attention when necessary…especially if that is the life they have always led…then perhaps the simpler life style is less stressful.

The history of Hmong people is very interesting…you should take a look.

Beautiful girls…


Pet monkey on a chain…:)

Next…more of Laos…followed by Vietnam!

38 thoughts on “White Temple in Chiang Rai, Thailand

  1. Reblogged this on synkroniciti and commented:
    This is a gorgeous blog… take a look at the photo of the sculptured hands at the White Temple in Thailand! Very unusual and exquisite. Reblogged from Fabulous 50s by Travel Spirit.


  2. This is an excellent post. I love your photos of the Hmong people and the White Temple, but the most chillingly beautiful shot is that of the sculpted hands at the White Temple. There is so much energy in it; you really see them reaching. Wonderful and disturbing at the same time. What were they like in person? Did they give you goosebumps?

    Would you mind if I reblog this over at synkroniciti.com? Thanks for the follow at Katherine McDaniel, soprano. I don’t do much blogging there, unless I make a mistake in reblogging, which I do from time to time. 🙂 If you would like to follow the blog, please follow synkroniciti.

    Thanks and Happy New Year!


    • Thanks Katherine! It was quite surreal in person. But, when you’re traveling through SE Asia or anywhere that is so new and different, your senses are assaulted constantly! That would be great if you reblogged it! I’ll follow the other blog! ~Sherry~


  3. Wow! The temple and the details of the temple are amazing.

    Just wanted to let you know I have been reading and enjoying your posts. I don’t always have time to comment because life has been so busy lately.


  4. Wow. I have never seen a temple like that -White Temple. I think that it is very special. In my country we have Pink Church, but it cannot be compared with the beauty of this temple.


  5. Great post, Iw as pleased also to see again the beautiful Wat Rong Khun, I saw few years, ago, certainly one the best in Thailand, it’s the only White temple right ?

    Are there still selling some painting art inside the temple (I remember it was very colorful painting …).


  6. Hi,
    Magnificent art work on the temple, they really put everything into these temples, the amount of hard work for each and every sculpture is really incredible.
    It is wonderful to learn about how different people live in their environment, to learn about their culture. A wonderful post.


  7. The pictures of the White Temple took my breath away! It looks as though it is carved in frosted snow and ice – and what beautiful, eccentric works of art it contains – amazing. Thanks for sharing all your travel adventures.


  8. Amazing sculpture and architecture. Beautiful people. Just felt sorry for the monkey on the chain. You’ve taken some fantastic photos. Did you take extra memory cards for your camera or upload the photos to home somehow and keep on snapping? How did you manage so many photos?


  9. So many different regions and people. The colorful dress of the Laotions(sp) from China origins is so bright. Wondering if I have all of that correct? The temple and the hands outside is like some kind of adoration I guess. I noticed the eyeball falling out of his head, crazy.


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