If you get a chance to go to the White Temple in Chiang Rai, I suggest you take it. It’s still one of the most unique temples I’ve seen anywhere.
The White Temple, also known as Wat Rong Khun, is one of the strangest temples you will ever see. And I know, I've seen a lot of temples.
Most tourists who come here join a guided tour from Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai. I did a day trip from Chiang Mai that also included the Golden Triangle.
It was a lot of driving in one day, but completely doable.
The time from Chiang Mai to the White Temple is about 3 hours. The ride from Chiang Rai is just about 20 minutes.
You can also get there using buses and tuk-tuks but day tours are a pretty popular option.
Whichever way you decide to go, entry is free!
If you want to avoid crowds, book your own transportation and arrive early after opening.
Here's the thing, there are a lot of temples, cathedrals, mosques, etc. in the world. Often being a tourist means you see too many of them and become tired of it eventually.
The White Temple isn't like that. I have never seen another temple comparing to it in the world.
Also, tourist attractions often value the oldest structures and I think that one of the real selling points of seeing this temple is it is a modern-day masterpiece that was completed in recent history.
That's pretty unique.
So go, it won't be a place you'll ever forget!