Wat Phra That Doi Tung – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Doi Tung – Chiang Rai

Doi Chom Thong has undoubtedly been a sacred site for a very long time. The site was surely revered as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area. As in many Thai wats, Spirit Houses coexist happily with the newer Buddhist shrines. Elephants are part of the lore of Doi Chom Thong. […]

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong – Chiang Rai

The Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong is a temple built in the mountain city of Doi Chom Thong. In 1260, King Mengrai is said to have visited, viewed the surrounding area, and pronounced it suitable for the establishment of a city. According to the Yonok Chronicle, the temple’s chedi was originally built in the […]

Wat Phra That Chom Kitti – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Chom Kitti – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Chom Kitti sits on the top of hill alongside Wat Chom Chaeng, which is of more recent vintage. The most notable structure of Wat Phra That Chom Kitti is its crooked chedi, which contains a fragment of the Buddha relic that was split into three and divided amongst this site, Wat Phra […]

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra That Chedi Luang – Chiang Rai

  Wat Chedi Luang, next to the National Museum, was once Chiang Saen’s main temple. There’s no exact date for the temple’s founding, but most agree it must have been between the twelfth and fourteenth century. The large chedi (pagoda) which gives the temple its name is 18 meters (60 feet) tall. The octagonal shape […]

Wat Phra Sing – Chiang Rai

Wat Phra Sing – Chiang Rai

One of Chiang Rai’s oldest temples, the Wat Phra Singh was built in 1385, a little over a century after the city of Chiang Rai was founded by King Mengrai in 1262. The main structures of the Lanna style temple are the ubosot, the viharn, a chapel containing a footprint of the Buddha and the […]

The Buddhist Celebration of Vesak Day

The Buddhist Celebration of Vesak Day

  Commonly called ‘Buddha’s Birthday’, Vesak is actually the celebration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha and, unlike the birth and death of Christ, is celebrated as one occasion. Buddhism is one of Southeast Asia’s major religions, second to Islam which is predominant in Indonesia, Brunei and Malaysia. As such, major Buddhist holidays […]

Loy Kratong Festival in Chiang Rai Thailand

Loy Kratong Festival in Chiang Rai Thailand

Although not an official public holiday, Loy Kratong is one of the most popular and romantic of Thailand’s traditional festivals. The festival is held on the night of the 12th full moon, which lands sometime in November. The festival is held to pay homage to the goddess of rivers and waterways, Mae Nam my take […]

Exploring Chiang Rai – Wat Rong Khun or The White Temple.

The ‘white temple‘, as it’s also known, is … well, very white and incredibly ornate. The white plaster everywhere symbolises Buddha’s purity, while the pieces of white glass stuck all over it represent Buddha’s wisdom. (Even the apparently very pure koi carp in the surrounding pool are white.) The temple is a work in progress […]

Exploring Chiang Rai – Chiang Sean and the Mekong River

The Mekong River is the world’s tenth largest river and Asia’s seventh biggest river which stretches from the Tibetan Plateau through China’s Yunnan province before passing through Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.The Mekong River has an estimated length of 4,909 km’s, draining an area of 795,000 square km’s. The mighty Mekong River rises in […]

Big C Department Store & Mall – ChiangRai

Big C Department Store & Mall – ChiangRai

Big C Supercenter operates business in the form of “Hypermarket” or “Supercenter”, a modern retail business which is managed under the umbrella of Big C Supercenter Public Company Limited and its subsidiaries. Today, Big C has 1 Big C Jumbo, 16 Big C Extra, 97 Big C or a total of 114 branches, divided into […]