The commencement goal on our recent trip to Thailand, was the beautiful northern urban heart as well as someone of Chiang Mai. Known for elephants, wonderful food, as well as beautiful temples, Chiang Mai did non disappoint! We spent our commencement twenty-four hours wandering to a greater extent than or less the city.
Tuk tuk is our favorite shape of transportation inwards Thailand. We all pile inwards as well as away nosotros go. The girls discovery this real adventurous!
Chiang Mai, founded inwards 1296, literally means”the walled city”.Part of this wall is nonetheless standing as well as marks the old town area.
More of the master copy wall.
There are over xxx temples inwards Chiang Mai old town, alone, as well as I holler back nosotros saw simply almost all of them!
The girls were able to conduct hold a swing at this gong. The mallet was heavy!
We loved the colorful lanterns hanging exterior this restaurant.
This was the Three Kings Monument, a famous statue of the founders of Chiang Mai. The wearing apparel reminded me of wonderful musical, The King as well as I, as well as the slap-up Yul Brynner. (Thailand was formerly known every bit Siam).
Wat Chiang Man, is the oldest surviving temple, as well as I actually loved this one.
I can’t believe that this temple was built inwards 1297, as well as is nonetheless standing. That’s old!
These elephants carved inwards rock were amazing.
Lots of particular inwards the dragons, too.
I ever know the rut as well as humidity level, yesteryear looking at Matt’s shirt. It was HOT!
But, in that place was a lovely breeze blowing every bit nosotros walked along this canal. Ahhhh, nice.
I loved these beautiful flowering trees, too. The brilliant xanthous flowers were gorgeous.
And still, to a greater extent than temples….
as well as to a greater extent than dragons.
I loathe to tell it, but living inwards Asia for the yesteryear 2 years, has completely desensitized us to shrines as well as temples.
We say, “Look, it’s some other shrine”, which is piteous because they are absolutely exquisite!
“Look, it’s some other golden Buddha.”
And nonetheless more.
This temple, Wat Chedi Luang, was peculiarly cool, though. Built inwards the 14th century, it looked to a greater extent than similar ruins, as well as simply similar something out of Indiana Jones.
There were lots of monks roaming around, too. Ladies are non allowed to apparel shorts or tank tops at these temples as well as must encompass upward amongst a sarong to hold a degree of modesty.
After lots of roaming as well as lots of temples, nosotros decided it was fourth dimension for 1 of our favorite Thai treats.
Mango gluey rice. Yum!
Apparently, this Ronald McDonald is a pop Chiang Mai photograph op. He is giving the Thai manus gesture of give thank you lot you, or hello/goodbye.
After a long twenty-four hours exploring, I decided it was fourth dimension to instruct a Thai massage. Massage parlors are all over the house as well as are SO cheap. I got a 1 hr massage for 180 Baht, almost $6!
Thai massage is real interesting. You modify into calorie-free weight cotton wool clothes, similar pajamas, therefore lay on a lilliputian mat on the floor. The masseuse uses all sorts of stretching as well as pressure level holler for techniques. I wouldn’t telephone phone it relaxing every bit much every bit therapeutic. Yes, she fifty-fifty stood on my behind. Funny.
My favorite piece of occupation was listening to a tropical rainstorm outside, as well as feeling the cool, fresh air blow inwards through the opened upward window. So refreshing!
The beautiful mountains of Chiang Mai at dusk.
We walked to a little eatery for dinner, amongst a patio overlooking the Ping River.
The nutrient was spectacular! We had cashew chicken, fried rice as well as massaman curry. I desire to instruct back!
There was also alive entertainment. The repertoire was real Carpenter’s heavy, but who doesn’t honey singing along to “Top of the World”? I loved it!
After a quick trip through the nighttime market, nosotros called it a day.
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