Ban Wiang Kaeo

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  • Day13

    Day 13 - The White Temple

    February 20, 2017 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    After a good night's sleep we got up semi-early (7am) as we're getting the hang of of dodging the bigger crowds at popular temples. We caught the bus to Chiang Rai's biggest draw, the White Temple. The bus itself was a fun experience with electric fans attached to the ceiling to act as air con, the doors being left open throughout and half the bus being filled with luggage.

    The White Temple is unlike any other in Thailand. As the name suggests, it's almost all white. Apart from the gold toilet block which is, you've guessed it, gold. It's also pretty creepy and I'm sure JK Rowling must have visited before she wrote The Deathly Hallows as there were a lot of creepy reaching hands etc. There were demon monuments showing that whisky and cigarettes are bad, skulls and scary heads all over the show and ghoulish guards which was a contrast to the temple which a Disney princess could have lived in. We wandered around for the requisite temple admiring time before an Ovaltine pit stop for me, and Matt's seemingly 7th coffee of the day. We checked out the free gallery of the temple designer's other artistic work which was phenomenally varied from satire of George Bush and Bin Laden on a rocket together entitled 'Love' to a black and white sketch of York. Then we experience true Chiang Rai life with a squished in journey in a blue Songthaew. It's like an open backed van with benches down either side that comfortably fits 8 but uncomfortably fits 12 which is the most common number to fill it with. Always nice to be sweatily attached to a stranger.

    We grabbed lunch at Hungry Wolf's. I chose it because the owner is super sassy to bad trip advisor reviewers, not that there was many of them. We had huge burgers and milkshakes so look forward to seeing me twice the size when I'm home. After that we caught the bus to Chiang Khong. It was like the temple bus except with even more people and packages and took 2 hours. Luckily we got 2 of the back seats behind the luggage so actually a bit more room and the breeze from the back door in our faces. I get on fine as I'm quite short but Matt finds these rides tougher.

    Chiang Khong is very small and laid back. It's a town where people come to spend one night before crossing the border to Laos (which we're going tomorrow). I really like it. The guest house owners are beyond friendly and we have a balcony with a gorgeous Mekong river view. We took a walk down the river and had a random but delicious Mexican meal (it's not been an authentic food day).

    New country tomorrow, Laos. As long as we get through immigration 🙂
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  • Day2

    Chiang Khong

    October 13, 2019 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Got up early to see a beautiful sunrise, then was picked up to be taken to the border. Since it was Sunday, everything was a little slow, but our group finally made it across to Laos where we were picked up and taken to our boat, on which we would stay two days. The rest of the day we enjoyed looking at the scenery, seeing fields, and mountains and locals pass by.Read more

  • Day2

    Chiang Khong am Abend

    December 5, 2012 in Thailand ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Der erste Tag neigt sich langsam dem Ende entgegen und mit dem letzten Tageslicht erreichen wir unser Schiff, die Mekong Sun, die für die nächsten Tage unser schwimmendes Zuhause sein wird. Wir beziehen unsere kleine aber feine Kabine auf der Mekong Sun (GottseiDank müssen wir unsere Koffer nicht selbst die steile Böschung runter bis aufs Boot schleppen). Danach gehts zum Willkommensdinner an Deck, erstmals echt laotisch. Die Vorspeise ist allerdings etwas gewöhnungsbedürftig: Gebackene Algen (schmecken so wie sie aussehen :-)). Beim Abendessen lernen wir endlich alle anderen Mitreisenden kennen und auch Thomas, unseren Kreuzfahrtdirektor. Müde aber glücklich fallen wir heute Abend in unser schwimmendes Bett...Read more

  • Day3

    Chiang Khong am Morgen

    December 6, 2012 in Thailand ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Früh beginnt der nächste Tag, aber der allererste Sonnenaufgang über dem Mekong will fotografiert werden. Die Crew ist auf Frühaufsteher eingerichtet, und so gibt es mit den allerersten Sonnenstrahlen auch schon einen frischen Kaffee auf dem Sonnendeck der Mekong Sun.
    Das Leben erwacht früh am Fluß: Es gibt keine Brücke weit und breit, so dass die Fähre die einzige Verbindung darstellt. Während LKWs ent- und Boote beladen werden, alles noch auf altmodische Art mit reiner Muskelkraft wird an anderer Stelle noch schnell die morgendliche Rasur am Fluß erledigt...
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