1. Week – Chiang Rai – the crown of the north

  1. WEEK OF VACATIONS:Julien arrived on Tuesday the 11. of October. We wanted to spend 1 week in Chiang Rai so that way I had enough time to show him all the places I like and spend a lot of time at, my home, my school and some sights you definitely have to visit when you’re in Chiang Rai.

    On the first day I showed him our home and then we went to the city hall parking lot so I could teach him how to drive a motorcy with a gear. As expected it didn’t take very long and my boyfriend knew how it works.
    It still was funny to be the teacher for once, especially because he was the one that tried to teach me how to drive a car a few years back 😀

    Right after we went for a Banoffe (a banana milkshake with oreo crumbles and a bit of coffee – fricking delicious!) at the Cat’n’Cup we drove to my school.
    Even though it was closed it was really nice to show him where I work.
    My school is in a little village about 10 kilometers from my home and about 16 from the city so I suppose you could consider it as ‘’the country side’’.
    When I was standing in front of the school with Julien I realized I never went further than my school. When I told my boyfriend he didn’t hesitate and we went.
    After driving for a bit we stopped at the side of the road in front of a cornfield. If you were tall enough or you climbed on the barrier on the side of the road, you had a wonderful view over the land side and the Doi Hang mountain my school and the village is named after.


    During our time in Chiang Rai we stayed at the Akha Cottage, a little hotel just up the mountain from where I live 🙂 The view and the service was outstanding!


The next day we went to the white temple. (Yes, we actually made it without a flat tire or any incident of that kind).

“Wat Rong Khun is a unique temple that stands out through the white color and the use of pieces of glass in the plaster, sparkling in the sun. The white color signifies the purity of the Buddha, while the glass symbolizes the Buddha’s wisdom and the Dhamma, the Buddhist teachings.

The Wat Rong Khun was designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a famous Thai visual artist. To date the temple is not finished. Eventually there will be nine buildings including an ubosot, a hall to enshrine Buddhist relics, a meditation hall, the monks living quarters and an art gallery.” – https://www.renown-travel.com/temples/wat-rong-khun.html
The temple was beautiful and both of us were very impressed by its outstanding and maybe even overwhelming structure and presence.

We also went to the Singha Park, the Big Buddah in Mae yao and both of the waterfalls I have seen before and considered as important to visit while you are here. It was a whole new experience to see everything about this place through his eyes.
I was really happy about the opportunity to show him where I live now, to know the next time I talk about some places around here he knows what I am talking about.

After 6 days in Chiang Rai we packed up our things because our plane for Bangkok was leaving in the morning. 🙂

This week was also the week Thailand’s dear King Bhumibol Adulyadej died after a reign of 70 years.
To be honest, except of an alcohol + music prohibition and some markets closing or not happening at all we didn’t really experience a lot of what it really means to the country back in Chiang Rai. That changed when we arrived in Bangkok.



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