We are leaving Chiang Rai today at the conclusion of a 3 weeks tour of SEA. Our time here was too brief, only 2.5 days
We arrived by VIP Green bus, a pleasant comfortable ride. Washroom at the back of the bus. Please be aware that there are 2 stops in Chiang Rai, we couldn't understand the driver's announcement and got off at the first stop. Having to take a Tuk Tuk with 4 bags and 2 people on the Highway was an adventure I prefer not repeating.
We were able to capture many highlights of Chiang Rai with our tour guide Jermsak and his daughter. Such a kind, soft spoken man who is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge.
We visited the White Temple and learned the background of the artist and why he build it. We were also able to meet the artist while there. It was explained to me that he is trying to reach a younger population by the various paintings of the murals inside the temple. It is a creative way of sharing Buddhist beliefs. It is a temple that is still a work in progress, many artist were working while we were there. The artist was inspired by Gaudi's work in Barcelona, it is easy to see the comparison.
Next we hiked thru the Bamboo rain forest to Chiang Rai's highest waterfall. Jermsak said it was a 20 minute hike each way, for us it was closer to 1 hr each way. It was definitely worth it. Such a beautiful serene place to visit.
We then visited a cave where 3 Monks live. Inside were golden statutes of the Buddha. It was difficult to believe people could live there.
Jermsak also took us to various village of Hill Tribes and explained the culture of each tribe. He himself is a member of the Moung tribe. I was fascinated about his own experience.
I felt like I had completed an intense University class at the conclusion of our tour. I left with so much knowledge and appreciation for this beautiful place.