Wat Rong Khun, or better known as the White Temple, is located in Chiang Rai, approximately 3h from Chiang Mai.
How do I get there ?
From Chiang Rai: Close to the city. Tuk Tuk.
From Chiang Mai: Cheapest is to take a Tuk Tuk. It´s about a 3h ride. You can also book guided tours from Chiang Mai, but they are more expensive.
The answer will make every budget traveller’s heart skip a beat: It’s free!
How much time do you need there?
We spent approximately 40 minutes there, but had to hurry because our Tuk Tuk driver was waiting. I’d say that 1-2hours will do, just take your time to wander around and take it all in because the architecture and detail is just amazing
When is the best time to go:
Opening hours are from 8am to 5pm. I went there at 11am and it was rather crowded, so I would say go there as early as possible to avoid the crowds. Also, I think that every season is just fine for visiting the temple.
What should I do there:
The temple is stunning and I thought that the bench you can see on my picture was the perfect photo opportunity, but there are so many more! Apart from visiting Wat Rong Khun, you can take a look at the other temples in the area or discover one of many elephant sanctuaries. Just avoid the elephant riding companies !
What should you not do:
Please remember that besides Wat Rong Khun’s reputation as a tourist attraction , it is first and foremost a temple, so dress and behave appropriately. I wore a maxi skirt and a scarf to cover my shoulders, my boyfriend wore pants that covered his knees and a t-shirt and nobody batted an eye at us. I can’t say the same about that girl with a tight short dress on.
Why should it be on my bucket list:
I spent 2 months in Thailand and Wat Rong Khun was one of the most beautiful temples I’ve ever seen. Sure, some people might argue that it is overrated, but just take a look for yourself (:
I saw pictures of the white temple on Instagram and immediately put it way up high on my bucket list. At the time, my boyfriend and i were in Chiang Mai and fortunately there is a bus to Chaing Rai that only takes 3 hours (quite a relief after taking the 11h bus from Phetchaburi to Chaing Mai:D) We checked in at Akha River House and soon discovered that there is not much to do in Chiang Rai. On the next day we finally visited the white temple and were both enchanted. It is definitely worth going and I would recommend everyone to go there if you would like to see a temple that really stands out.