Chiang Rai is a large city in the north of Thailand. But, it’s mostly famous for the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun)
that is actually located quite outside the city.
When I’ve seen the temple in the pictures, some time before going to Thailand, I thought: “I want to see this fairy tale temple”.
In some Thai temples, I’ve seen something really upsetting;
I understand it may be part of culture, history or religion, but I still don’t like this idea.
So, there are people selling you birds in cages. When you buy a bird and release it “you will have goodluck and happiness in your life forever” (original writing).
The point is those birds have on purpose broken wings or kind of injuries, so they cannot fly too far. And after “you give the freedom to birds”, the seller will catch them again and sell to another person, and so on!
When I was visiting Thailand, there were lots of demonstrations in Bangkok, because people weren’t happy with the current political situation.
Tourists in general, should avoid places of demonstrations, because you never know how violent it’s going to be. Nothing bad happened to me, but it was sad to observe all these people.
Bangkok is officially named “Krung Thep Maha Nakhon”.
It’s a capital since 1782.
These days, it’s a large, tropical city with many different districts, and two huge airports (that sometimes causes confusion).
Yesterday, I showed you a typical picture of one of the temples in Bangkok; for today, I chose rather not so typical image of the city, however I like it. 🙂
The flag of Thailand has five horizontal stripes in the colors red, white, blue, white and red.
The colors apparently represent the blood of life (red), the purity of the Buddhist faith (white), and the monarchy (blue.)
The flag looks like that since 1917.