The Black House is north of the city, dark and full of death, and is far less well known.
But both were created by Chiang Rai natives, both artists with ambitious visions.
And the intricate wood carvings on the side of the , glowing in the late afternoon light.
The main building would be worth a visit alone but at the Black House there is much more to explore.
Follow Highway 1 north of Chiang Rai and look out for the University.
2km past the University keep an eye out on the left for a purple sign with the name Thawan Duchanee.The gardens stretched on and on and we kept stumbling upon more buildings hidden in shady corners. We certainly didn’t expect this bizarre bathroom with wooden birds hanging from the high ceiling.In the furthest reaches of the grounds the structures become even more surreal, less natural, and depart from the signature dark colours.The city’s art scene is growing and we noticed many signs to artist studios on the outskirts of town as part of the Cultural Bureau’s Artist Open House initiative.Take the time to explore and you’ll discover that Chiang Rai has more to offer than first impressions suggest.The Black House is one of the most unusual, bizarre, and innovative art sites we have ever visited.Every turn brought new surprises and we could have spent all day exploring every building, every carefully-crafted detail.The Black House (Baan Dam) is located 10km north of Chiang Rai at Moo 13, Tambon Nang Lae, Ban Dhu.It can be difficult to find and English signage is limited.If you follow these directions carefully you should be fine though.It’ll be easier with your own transport or in a taxi.