This photography corner is broken up into two parts. The ATMA SEVA team recently took a trip up North to Mae Sai to make a ‘visa run’ and also to explore and see new sights. Mae Sai is a city in Northern Thailand that is on the border of Burma, and one location travelers can cross to renew their visas.
Although the trip was only two days and one night we managed to see and do quite a lot. The first day on the way to Mae Sai, we stopped for coffee and breakfast at a nice resort and then visited the famous White temple. The White temple was created by a famous Thai artist, Chalermchai Kositpipat, and the Thai name of the temple is Wat Rong Khun. You start by ‘walking through hell’ and once you begin you cannot walk backwards. There is a staff member at the entrance and they will not let you walk back down. After ‘walking through hell’ you enter heaven. The artist created his vision for what each realm would look like, and the White temple is still a work in progress. It is very unique and a main attraction in Northern Thailand.
After the White temple, we went to Mae Sai to cross the border and also explore the local markets. In the city of Mae Sai there are giant markets with a wide range of products. The market is very cheap and a place many Thai people go to shop in bulk or even to supply their local market. Products range from cheap sunglasses, shirts, pants, handbags, wigs, jewelry, toys etc. Mae Sai is also famous for their fruit flavored wine and if you are not sure which flavor to purchase, most vendors will let you sample the various flavors until you are happy with your choice.
Stayed tuned for part 2 which includes the Golden Horse temple and also Wat Thampla which has fish caves and wild monkeys. (google map on part 2)
Photos by David Poppe