On the outskirts of Chiang Rai there lies a temple which I can only describe as unconventional and even a little bizarre. With its white exterior and glass mosaics it looks as if it has been dipped in whipped cream and frosting and might belong to a scene from a wintry Narnia rather than the landscape of northern Thailand.
As a matter of fact, Wat Rong Khun is a rather new addition to Chiang Rai. It was designed and built as recently as 1997 by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat and is both a Buddhist and Hindu temple. The grounds are still under construction, with more buildings planned. There is also an art gallery opposite the temple exhibiting art by Kositpipat.
Located 5 km south of Chiang Rai it's a short detour if you're driving up from Chiang Mai. If you do, pick a day when the sky is blue for maximum effect!