The statue of Guanyin at the Wat Huay Pla Kang in Chiang Rai

Traveling in North Thailand

Know as the "Big Buddha" it is actually a statue of Guanyin, the Chinese goddess of mercy. Said to be 63m high, you can go all the way up and have a look thru her eyes to see the stunning view of Chiang Rai. And next to the statue you see the 9 tired Chinese pagoda Pokchokthama-Chedi. Photos (above & under were taken from the rooftop restaurant & lounge of The Riverie Hotel.

The Wat Huay Pla Kang is located about 8 km north of Chiang Rai town and can be visited daily from 7:00 to 21:30, entrance is free but the elevator to the head of the statue costs 40 baht.

Traveling in North Thailand


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The journey of Traveling 2 Thailand did begin with One Night in Bangkok in 1985 and since 2009 it became a personal non-commercial travel blog as inspiration for traveling & motorbike riding in Thailand. Made just for the sheer love of traveling and sharing experience about traveling in South-East Asia. To travel beyond the beaten track & highlights. Enjoy!