September 10, 2016
We rose – surprise – very early to catch our bus for an excursion to Chiang Rai. Our first stop of the excursion was Wat Rong Khun (also known as the White Temple). The oustide of the temple is completely white, but the inside is decorated with stunning art by an artist called Chalermchai Kositpipat. I cannot explain how pretty this temple is on the inside, you really just have to see it for yourself. One of the things you can’t miss at this site is the gold toilet. Yes, you read that right, a GOLD toilet. Don’t ask me why, but it’s there! It’s also known as the cleanest toilet in all of Thailand!
Next stop: the Golden Triangle, the place where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet. When reading about this place on the internet, it seems that this place is one of the more ‘dangerous’ places in Thailand because of the opium that’s produced there. But to be honest, my friends and I never felt like we were in danger there. We were obviously with a group of people, which is what I recommend you to do. After taking a little boat tour, we were dropped off in Laos where we got to explore a little market for a bit before returning to the bus.
The last stop of the day was an old Long Neck village. Seeing these women was a unique experience, but I just couldn’t get over the feeling of how wrong it all felt. The village was basically just a little market catered to tourists and it kind of felt like we were walking around in a zoo instead of a genuine village. I guess it’s normal for them to make the place touristy in order to make money, but it just felt a bit too much. I’m still happy I went, though!