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Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand

Chiang Mai

Having stayed in Bankok on a couple of previous visits to Thailand i felt it was time to try a different city, so headed north. Given its location at the foothills of the mountains it also presented the perfect opportunity to do a bit of trekking and the chance to visit some hill tribes and do some home-stays. Good decision. Chaing Mai couldn’t be more different than the ever frenetic  and noisy city that is Bangkok. This city has an altogether more laid back atmosphere. It is somewhere i would gladly revisit, whereas for me personally i will, if at all possible, avoid Bangkok. The people here are a lot more relaxed and you don’t get the feeling they are trying to rip you off.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (73)

The Silver Ubosoth

 An Ubosoth, which is basically a place of ordination for monks. Women are not allowed to enter the ordination hall. The silver work is quite simply breathtaking in its breath, scope, and skill. The Ubosoth is located within the grounds of Wat Srisupan with the original Wat dating back to the early 1500’s

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (75)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (76)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (77)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (78)

Monks here also run a silver working school ensuring the survival of the tradition and craft.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (79)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (80)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (81)Ornate statue in grounds of Wat Phra Singh

 

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (86)

Wat Phra Singh ornate gold gilt scroll work temple walls

Temple of Elephants

Wat Chedi Luang is built around a crumbling Lanna-style chedi (built in 1441) that was one of the tallest structures in ancient Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (87)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (105)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (91)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (88)

Offerings of sugar cane left at base of elephant trunk

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (89)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (96)

Umbrellas protect ceremonial bells.

Chiang Mai Begging bowls photo David Keegan

Begging bowls, Wat Phan Tao

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (94)

Many Wats keep dogs. This pup is dog tired from the heat!

The Weird & The Wonderful

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (92)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (83)

A strange and eclectic mix of objects on a house  balcony.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (100)

Architectural artifacts in grounds of a Cafe, very strange, but some interesting pieces of statuary.

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (101)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (103)

Chiang Mai Northern Thailand Wats temples and sights by David Keegan 2015 (104)

Getting There

We flew with Air Asia first from Hanoi to Bangkok and then directly to Chiang Mai. Top tip don’t waste time and money booking internal flights in Asia in the west or through a travel agent. The best prices for these flights are to be found by booking directly with the airlines. Air Asia tends to offer the cheapest deals. Click on this link to visit their website.

Air Asia

Where To Stay In Chiang Mai

Fabulous Hotel with pool and great breakfast. They also collected us from Airport and dropped us back without charge. I booked direct with the hotel securing the best deal without hitch. Ask for Wilawan she is a wonderfully warm and helpful person. Click on this link to visit their website.

Baan Klang Wiang Hotel

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