On my way from Chiang Mai to Laos, I stopped by Chiang Rai for a couple days. This city is billed as a being a less touristy version of Chiang Mai, like how Chiang Mai was 10 years ago (that’s a very common phrase, I’ve noticed, X place is like how Y was 10 years ago. I stopped here for just one night (staying at a completely deserted hostel), and visiting Chiang Rai’s two biggest attractions: the White Temple, and the Black House.
Some scenes from around the temple – all the decorations are quite intricate!
The White Temple is also quite beautiful in the sunset.
The Black House(s) / the Bandaam Museum / Black Temple is this odd collection of pointy black buildings, filled with art – mostly art made from animal parts. It was supposedly constructed by Thailand’s national artist (?), Thawan Duchanee, but the main thing to note is the oddness of it all. The buildings:
The animal parts inside: