My stay at Chiang Rai was supposed to be quick. See the White Temple then be only way to Laos. Instead, this happened:
6 degrees C (42.5 degrees F) in Thailand?! What is going on?! But back to the temple…
I got a bus from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai. It was supposed to take four hours, which it did. And for some reason, the bus driver did me a huge favor and stopped off at the White Temple before going into town. The driver gave us 30 minutes to tour the facilities.
The temple was weird. Very white and very weird. In the middle of taking a selfie, I decided to annoy a group of Chinese tourists. The Chinese women kept taking hundreds of photos of themselves in different poses. The Chinese men just stood as hundreds of photos of them were being taken. Needless to say, they took up a lot of space. So, I barged in and took photos in their shot.
One Chinese man kept yelling at me saying Ni shì yīgè rén (you’re one person), and in English, I said a lot of stuff under my breath. And the irony is I’m Chinese! It doesn’t mean I have to like Chinese tour groups.
After the allotted time, I quickly made my way back to the bus and headed to Chiang Rai central.
Chiang Rai central didn’t offer too much. And I was ready to get out the next day. Then the deep freeze. Everybody, locals and tourists alike, were not prepared for the deep freeze. The idea of going out and sitting on a bus and cross over to Laos was just not appealing. So, I stayed. I stayed for two more days.
I even convinced two Icelandic girls and a German girl to order pizza and have it delivered to the hostel! I spent my two days watching movies, backing up my hard driving and buying a plane ticket back to Hanoi.
Not much else to say about Chiang Rai. But I would like to thank Mercy Hostel for providing a soft bed and a warm comforter for me to hide.