I love Chiang Mai – though I haven’t been able to spend anywhere near as much time as I would like exploring the narrow roads of the old town and the various beautiful little temples. I’ve visited the city on two occasions – once to take part in a jungle trek and another to simply explore the town. I hope to go back very soon – to spend some quality time getting to know the city and rekindle some old memories of those quiet city nights.
For now I’ve reached into my archives and put together a few of my favourite photo’s from my previous trips there – all the way back to 2008.
Wat Phra Doi Suthep: I visited this temple just once and made my ascent via the temple’s 306 steps which is tiring but worth it. After a few hours of exploration, in awe at the views and the beautiful chedi, I finally sat in on a Sai Sin ceremony, and with my bracelet loosely tied around my wrist I made my way back down into town.
Orange robed monks seem to be on every street in Chiang Mai – and of course in and around every temple. If you’re intrigued by their way of life and would like to have a chat – then do so. There’s an interesting Monk Chat programme within the city which gives people an opportunity to interact with local Monks – primarily students. It’s a good way for them to continue their English language learning and can be a fun way to unravel some of the mystery for you.
You really should visit at least one jungle in your life and the Thai jungle is a relatively easy introduction to those who are unsure. I spent around 4 days in the jungle between Chiang Mai and Burma and loved every second. I especially loved the nighttime in the jungle – whether in a tent or spending the night in a local village. The sounds of the fauna are mesmerising, the scents intoxicating and the people and animals one meets along the way – truly incredible.
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