Chiang Rai Video Part Two: The White Temple

Wat Rong Kun, or the White Temple as most international travelers know it as, has become one of my favorite things I’ve seen/done in Thailand. Nothing beats the back drop of the green grass, blue sky, and white sparkling temple. Once we got sight of it, I found it difficult to take my eyes off this masterpiece, designed by Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. It’s nowhere near complete being about fifteen years in to construction and an estimated fifty more to go to finish what will be a collection of temples. This contemporary Buddhist temple is a must see for any traveler coming to Thailand.

I didn’t get to take any pictures inside, but it is more explosive than the outside.

Friday Five

Five(ish) Thai Superstitions– The old wives tales I’ve heard throughout Thailand are equally fascinating and eye-rolling. Jeff sent me an entire article from this website. Here are a few of the topics that I’ve heard or find completely ridiculous and therefore find a need to share.

Amulets
One thing most visitors to Thailand notice is that many people wear amulets. Amulets are special Buddha images, often gold-plated and worn around the neck. They are believed to possess a variety of sacred powers such as the ability to protect the wearer from accident or ill-health. The amulets are blessed by monks or priests and often three or even five are worn together on a piece of cord. Never wear an even number of amulets as it is considered unlucky. You should avoid touching a Thai person’s amulet as it diminishes the amulet’s powers. Also, avoid wearing the amulet in the toilet as it will no longer be sacred.

Ghosts
– If you make jokes when eating a ghost will steal your rice
– A ghost will enter your house if you stand in the doorway
– A ghost will curse you if you sing while eating
– You will see a ghost if you bend down and look between your legs

Birthday Suit
– Do not look at naked people because your eyes will become swollen (I’ve heard you get a sty)

Days of the Week
– Sunday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Friday.
– Monday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Sunday.
– Tuesday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Monday.
– Wednesday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Tuesday.
– Thursday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Saturday.
– Friday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Wednesday.
– Saturday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Wednesday at nighttime.

New Things
– Bite your shoes before you wear them for the first time to prevent them from biting your feet (Over ten people have assured me this is truth after seeing my blisters)

Wat Pha Nam Yoi

I realize I’ve been a little temple-ly in my videos and photos lately. Sorry about that. A recent trip to the largest pagoda in Thailand with Jeff inspired me to do this video. I’ve given this one the nickname the ‘Versailles of Thailand’ for the beautiful grounds that surround the temple. Wat Pha Nam Yoi, only about 20km from my house in Roi Et province, is surrounded by a park with a waterfall if the beautiful temple/pagoda isn’t enough for you. This temple is definitely worth the visit if you want to get off the beaten track in Thailand.

Chiang Mai: Temples and Streets

I realize this is a few days late, sorry about that! Between Skype chats yesterday with my Mom, aunt and cousin (it was his wedding day!), laundry, and then catching up with my brother, I was a little busy.

Chiang Mai has some of the most beautiful and oldest temples in Thailand. Though I didn’t make it out to the famous Doi Suthep, the temples within the city walls are worth the visit. Here are some clips from my time there.