We travelled to Thailand again to combine a supply run with meeting Karen’s parents in Chiang Rai.
We went to the white temple to show Ken and Jude the highlight of Chiang Rai, and also went out to a tea plantation and of course the night market.
After a very brief introduction to Thailand it was time to head to Laos, where the real fun began!
We went back to Chiang Rai to meet Tim and show him around for a couple of days before heading back to Luang Namtha. We went to the white temple again and we were still amazed at how cool it is, even though we’ve seen it a few times before now. We also went into the art gallery beside the white temple – everything in there has been painted or sculpted by the same artist who designed the temple and has painted the murals inside (still only 3 walls painted, we are eagerly awaiting the 4th wall to see what he does!). That was insanely cool and we really want to get some of his paintings.
We spent a lot of time motorbiking around, visiting a waterfall, driving through mud to get to tea plantations, and seeing some other temples as well as going to the night market.
We only spent a couple of days in Chiang Rai but it was an awesome way for Tim to be introduced to the craziness of Asia before we get to the real adventure in Luang Namtha. Our photos in Chiang Rai are here.