I find Bangkok exciting and always looked forward to going there. This time I was so disappointed because of the air pollution. It was the worst ever. It was difficult to find face masks so I had to wear a regular surgical mask as all N95 masks ( protects from the smaller particles) were sold out. In fact, it was suggested that I wear three at once but I decided to wear two which caused difficulty breathing. I probably would have passed out if I used three. Schools were closed due to toxic air pollution. Imagine that! I have never seen a place where so many people wore masks because of smog. Seriously!
I must admit retail therapy did help me forget all about the pollution for a while. My favourite mall is Paragon where you can find top international brands and local designers alike.
Chiang Mai is north of Bangkok, about an hour and ten minutes flight away and surrounded by mountains. Believe me… I was happy to get away from the hustle and bustle and most of all, pollution in Bangkok. It is much more relaxed and has a large expat community. There are many restaurants and bars along the riverside, some with live music which is frequented by expats and local residents.
About halfway to Chiang Rai, we stopped off at Love Spoon Coffee House. It’s beautiful and quaint and serves delicious coffee and cakes. So yummy! At the back, you can enjoy the view of the rice fields.
About 190 km away from Chiang Mai is Chiang Rai. A few kilometers away from Chiang Rai is the Golden Triangle where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet.
The most beautiful temples can be found in Chiang Rai – one of them – probably the best known is, The White Temple – designed, created and privately owned by Chalermchai Kositpipat, a local artist.
Not to be missed is The Blue Temple. This is relatively new. Construction started in 2005 and was completed in 2016. It is a lot smaller than the white temple and well worth a visit. The colour is predominantly blue with gold embellishments. The intricate details and statures are beautiful.
Entrance is free. You should dress modestly. Knees should be covered and you must remove shoes.
Blouse H&M // Trousers Zara // Hat not available // Sandals not available
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