Day Trip to Chiang Rai from Chiang Mai: White Temple, Blue Temple and Black House
- Trip Duration: 12hs
- Available Languages: English/Thai
- Pickup & drop off to your hotel
- Instant Confirmation
- Food and/or beverages
- Certified tour guide / instructor
Quirky, charming and creative are the words used to describe Chiang Rai by travellers and locals alike. The sights to be found here are by no means anything like the ones you’ll see in Chiang Mai, the city’s more popular sister. The White Temple, for example, is not an ancient ruin but a modern architectural masterpiece designed and built by local artist Chaloemchai Khositphiphat. Chaloemchai was rumoured to have spent over THB40 million of his own money to create this unconventional art exhibit to gain immortal life. If that’s not enough to convince you to go check it out, wait ‘till you see what’s next…
If the White Temple was meant to be a stairway to heaven, the Black House has been called a “dark, mysterious and almost sadistic” representation of hell, complete with preserved animals and a collection of bones. Built by Thailand national artist Thawan Duchanee (who incidentally was the mentor of Chaloemchai, the White Temple guy), the Baan dam Museum (Black House) is a cluster of nearly 40 small shadowy structures exhibiting art dating back to the Ayutthaya period. I can’t tell you all, but I promise you that you’ll never see anything like it again.
In between all that drama, you’ll be able to get a break at the Blue Temple or Wat Rong Seua Ten. Literally translating to ‘temple of the dancing tiger’ the temple was built on a site where tigers were said to have jumped over the river.
This day trip to Chiang Rai is one that showcases Thailand as a country not only rich in history but also with a living culture full of character and imagination, reinterpreting what was past into the future, carried on by the new generations. All that, at the heart of the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet.
- Pick up from your hotel
- Break at a hot spring in the Mae khachan area
- Visit White Temple (Wat Rong Koon)
- Blue Temple (Wat Rong Sua-Tent)
- Baan Dam (Black House) in Chiang Rai
- Drive back to Chiang Mai
- Arrive back in Chiang Mai
We call this day Amazing Temple Collection hahaha...These are all wonderful places to wander through, all typical and classical places to visit, our guide was amazing, couldn’t believe he can be that knowledgeable! He is a funny guy as well, great trip!
Saved us time for visiting all the good ones, nice day trip, love it! Highly recommended!!!
Incredible day! This is what I always want before I came to Thailand, amazing place with amazing culture, architecture. What surprised me was I met Tim who loves all these as well, it can’t be a better trip, thanks Guru;)