Chiang Rai : White Temple and Black House

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This full day tour will take you through forested hills and beautiful countryside to two stunning yet incredibly different sites: Chiang Rai’s White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) and the Black House (Baan Dam). The White Temple looks like something from heaven while the Black House is mysterious and dark. These are two fascinating sites that can be easily reached during a day trip from Chiang Mai.

Sites and Activities

Pickup will be between 7:15 AM and 7:30 AM if your hotel is in the Old City and Night Bazaar area. Pickup will be between 7:30 AM and 7:45 AM if your hotel is within 3 km outside of the Old City.

  • 9:00 AM : Relax with a short break at a natural hot spring (approximately 20 minutes) 
  • 11:00 AM : Explore the White Temple in Chiang Rai (approximately 1 hour) 
  • 1:00 PM : Enjoy lunch at the White Temple’s Thai restaurant
  • 2:00 PM : Wander through the many buildings of the Black House (approximately 1 hour) 3:15 PM Depart from Chiang Rai
  • 6:30 PM : Return to your hotel in Chiang Mai

Please Note: You will be allowed to spend as much time as possible at both sites depending on the weather, traffic, and other visitors. Therefore, the times of the activities in the above schedule may vary.

About the White Temple and Black House Tour

Begin the tour in the morning with a drive through Northern Thailand’s scenic countryside. Roughly halfway to Chiang Rai you’ll take a short coffee break and stretch your legs at a local natural sulfur spring. Here you may see vendors selling eggs to visitors. That’s because the hot spring is hot enough to boil the eggs!

The first major stop is to the dazzling White Temple, which is arguably one of the most recognizable structures in all of Thailand. It’s the ongoing project of a local Thai artist and is designed to reflect principles of Buddhism and enlightenment. The White Temple is composed of nine different buildings that are entirely white and decorated with intricate carvings and sculptures. It is also inlaid with small pieces of glass and mirrors that glint and shimmer in the sunshine, making it particularly stunning.

After exploring the grounds of the White Temple, take a break for lunch at the White Temple’s onsite Thai restaurant. Afterward, the tour will continue to the Black House, just a few kilometers away.

The Black House, which is locally known as Baan Dam, is a collection of buildings that are strikingly different from the White Temple. The buildings are decorated in a ‘dark art’ style complete with heavy wood and metal accents. Inside you will find displays of skeletons and animal skins as well as a dungeon with torture-like devices. There are also remnants of animals such as crocodiles, bears, and elephants throughout the property. Some people may find it upsetting but many find the Black House fascinating.

This Tour Includes

  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Pickup and drop-off at your hotel or guesthouse
  • Transportation via minibus with air conditioning and driver
  • All entrance fees
  • Thai lunch
  • Drinking water
  • Travel accident insurance


Please Note: Complimentary pickup and drop off is included for hotels and guesthouses within a 3 km radius of Chiang Mai Old City. If you are out of town, please make arrangements to meet us in the city at a predetermined meeting point.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable shoes 
  • Hat and sunglasses
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Camera (Optional)

Additional Information

Please inform your tour guide if you have any dietary restrictions or allergies. We can serve vegetarian food upon request.

Pick up and drop off

Included in each tours from any Chiang Mai City Hotel or Guesthouse in a 3KM radius. From out of town we need to make arrangement or you need to meet us in the city to a meeting point.

Note

  • This is a Join in Group Tour, approximately 12 persons.
  • Tour operated by our Tour Operator Partner

Join-in Tour Price

Adult
1 ฿950.00
Children (age 2-9)
1 ฿500.00

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