Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Chang Rai Down Town

We shifted to the hotel downtown instead of staying at the hill top at my cousin's house. I asked my cousin to recommend me a hotel which is clean, reasonable price and strategically located where buses, taxis and food is easily accessible. He brought us to a nice business class hotel called Suknirand Hotel (Telephone number: 053-711055 / 053-711801. The room rate is amazingly cheap at RM40.00 per night, with one queen size bed and one single bed. Just nice for me and my two sons. The hotel has been repainted and my only comment is the air conditioned which is not so cold especially during the hot season.
The hotel is strategically located as it close to everything I wanted. There is a Night Bazaar just about 10 minutes walk where you can get lots of local food, shopping and at the same time watching cultural performance every night.
The Wet Market is also closed by our hotel where local dishes, fruits, flowers, clothing, vegetables and meat can be obtained.
Another attraction nearby is the new Clock Tower. At each hour, the light at the tower changes with musics can be heard.
Other attractions around down town are the Buddhist Temples such as Wat Phra Singha, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Jedyod.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Wat Rong Khun, Chang Rai

Wat Rong Khun or also commonly called The White Temple among non Thai speaking tourist is about 12km away from the Chang Rai city. It's easy to find and easily identified. This is a new tourist attraction destination in Chang Rai as the Temple was built just a few years back. This is one of my must visit place even before I arrived Chang Rai as I have seen the photos from the emails circulated about a year ago.

Wat Rong Khun is different from any other temple in Thailand. It is designed in white color. Chalermchai Kositpipat is the famous Thai artist who volunteered his service to carry out the construction of Wat Rong Khun at his own expense.