Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple of Chiang Rai

Somewhere along the line I found this photo of a white temple on the abyss of the internet and had locked its image away in my brain so when I was planning the Thailand trip I was thrilled to see that the white temple was actually called Wat Rong Khun and that it was in Chiang Rai. I chalked it down into the “musts” and when we arrived in Chiang Mai we took a three hour van ride to the temple. What they don’t tell you is that even though they say its an air conditioned 9 seater van they shoved 15 of us in there including the driver. Not cool. Especially for my 6ft 3 boyfriend getting squished against the window.


With a stop along the way we finally arrived to the white temple and forgot about the hot cramped drive there. It was beautiful. And crowded. But thats to be expected from the allure of the shinning temple thats been praised all over Thailand.


So what else can you expect?


Well one thing I had mixed feels about was all the movie props. Not joking. I didn’t really do my research before I went so seeing all these movie characters scattered around the temple seemed out of place to me. There was half of the Predators body from Alien Vs. Predator, Hellboy’s head, Batman and many other random villains.. It was odd. Especially to be around something so beautiful as the temple.


What’s even weirder is when you get inside the temple (no photos allowed because the artist doesn’t want his work to be copied even though I saw a few people snapping shots with no consequences) the walls are painted with TV characters. Like Kung Fu Panda for example or Keanu Reeves. Super weird?!

The concept behind the Temple is good and evil.


In front of the temple are cafes and small shops and toilets that you need to pay for or use to escape from the heat. The coffee we got from one of the cafes was delicious and they had soy milk so that was a perk. I also got a slice of pie just because I could.


The temple grounds is quite small and crowded so try and get there as early as possible to get some nice photos and enjoy the temple if you can otherwise just wait for people to move to get a good shot. You’re allowed to be standoffish because people will ignore you and don’t care if you’re waiting.


If you’re a girl then you need to cover your shoulders.. and stomach. It was so hot that day I wore a crop top and was banished to the scarf lady where they wrapped me up. Whoops.


For more information about Thailand check out my post of 29 Things You Should Know About Thailand

All in all I am so happy I went even though some of the stuff there wasn’t as “temple-ish” as i thought it would be. Nothings better than idolizing something for years and finally getting to see it in person.


What are your thoughts on the temple?


Suscribe with me for more travel posts!

You Might Also Like


  • Reply
    Polly Rodrigues
    January 8, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Loved the description of the temple. I only have a day and a half in Chiang Mai. Do you think it’s worth going to Chiang Rai? I loved the white temple picture I saw on Google, but from what you said it doesn’t seem like a MUST see…

    • Reply
      The Fernweh Wolf
      January 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

      Hmmm if you had a bit more time I would say go for it but if you only have a day and a half maybe it would be more enjoyable to stay in Chiang Mai? :] It’s a really temple but it wasn’t as magical as I had hoped it’d be? How long are you in Thailand for?

  • Reply
    2 Weeks In Thailand Itinerary
    July 8, 2015 at 6:23 am

    […] -For more about the experience click here  […]

  • Reply
    March 11, 2015 at 3:25 am

    Wow, that looks amazing! I love your blog btw, followed you on bloglovin!;-)

    • Reply
      March 11, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Thanks! Aw awesome! I love your blog to 😛

  • Reply
    Monika (@violetrootsblog)
    March 2, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    The temple looks incredible but I’m sure I would be put a bit off by the movie stuff too.


    • Reply
      March 3, 2015 at 9:02 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one it was kind of disappointing but oh well! still pretty

  • Reply
    February 24, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Looks wonderful!


    • Reply
      February 26, 2015 at 11:52 am


  • Reply
    Lynne Kayenne
    February 24, 2015 at 6:17 am

    I love travel blogs, I get to see places in the world and almost experience their culture without being there

    • Reply
      February 24, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks Lynne I love them to! So much to see in the world :]

  • Reply
    February 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    amazing! LOVE


    Natalie Off Duty

    • Reply
      February 24, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks! 😀


      Sign up to get the latest posts from Fernweh :) 

    Read more:
    What To Do On A Weekend Getaway To Paris

    We all fantasize about a weekend getaway to Paris and indulging in the Parisian decadence. Paris is just this timeless world and...