A trip to Chiang Mai

So where did we go in Chiang Mai this time?

We went to a Cafe when we arrived - Box Dog Cafe - https://goo.gl/maps/a9Qx6kESVFw - not for everyone and I am a little skeptical but my daughter loves them... Then time to get a bus and drove through Chiang Mai getting glimpses of what was there.

As soon as it was ready we visited the Wualai Saturday Market - https://goo.gl/maps/Bbbi2PpcBi52.

 Then it was time to visit a Wat and Wat Sri Suphan was close to the market - a wonderful collection of buildings - the Silver Temple (with access only for men) - https://goo.gl/maps/YdkRWJKBSsnThen our first night was at Hug Nimman Hotel - simple and clean - popping across the road to the Fairy Tales Branch - https://goo.gl/maps/ZGpbEYgH28N2 - a shop for lots of fairy thing jewelry.

An early start the next day took us to Ton Payom Market - to meet the monks in the morning and pay respects.

Then it was time to drive out a bit - stopping at Wat Intharawat (Wat Ton Kwen) - https://goo.gl/maps/8mbavJKkbbP2 - a wonderful old Wat. Then it was time to enter Doi Inthanon National Park where we visited the Phra Maha Dhatu Nabhapol Bhunisiri - https://goo.gl/maps/yn9yBNbW6sK2 - another wonderful and scenic place to visit. 

After this we went to King Inthanon Memorial Shrine (กู่พระเจ้าอินทวิชยานนท์) and had a coffee at Doi Inthanon Summit Coffee.

Then the Wachirathan Waterfalls - https://goo.gl/maps/B2GU6So1eYm - and then some very nice lunch at ป้าแก้ววชิรธาร - very nice.

It was then time for the Grand Canyon - Phar Chor (Mae Weng National Park) https://goo.gl/maps/wZ87jhvqBsk - quite impressive but not very big!

On the way back to the Chiang Mai we stopped at Wat Pa Charoen Tham (วัดป่าเจริญธรรม) which was an enormous Wat and impressive - https://goo.gl/maps/4mP96oRi25s.

The evening took us to Chiang Mai Walking Street which was extremely busy, so busy in fact it was almost impossible to take photographs - https://goo.gl/maps/RVGGfjEfYYT2.

Stopping off at a favorite of ours - Guu Fusion Roti + Tea - delicious - https://goo.gl/maps/6SRPzVuvNRL2 - a great place to grab something to eat. Then it was time to lay our heads at Imm Hotel Thaphae - a clean place to lay our heads - https://goo.gl/maps/3FvW2XpfihT2

Up early the next day and our first stop was river rafting on the Mae Taeng River - very low level this time of year.

Then it was time for some zipline...

Followed by lunch at the Jungle De Cafe - https://goo.gl/maps/oFF3vPkBTUw - a scenic place for lunch. Interestingly the cafe was bigger and over the waterfall but they were ordered to take it down...

We then visited Wat Ban Denhttps://goo.gl/maps/iQhjmRmWd3y - a very impressive example of a Wat, certainly worth visiting! Sometimes known as Wat Den Salee Sri Muang Gan.

Then to the top of the mountain - Mon Cham - https://goo.gl/maps/KVAbTRsttCS2 - some fresh air and lots of flowers.

Then Wat Pa Dara Phirom (วัดป่าดาราภิรมย์ พระอารามหลวง) - https://goo.gl/maps/rEE1qD61HrG2 - a special Wat - ornate and  complex temple featuring stone lions and a gilded chedi amid tropical greenery. Certainly worth stopping.

On the way back to the airport we stopped at the Elephant Parade for an elephant to paint...

Walking Bangkok - 15 routes

 I got my Walking Bangkok: 15 Tourist Routes - 
there seems to be a lot of places I must visit in Bangkok!

If you can't find one here's a download from Richard Barrow.

TAT - 58th Anniversary

It was the 58th Anniversary of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

Quite spectacular - monks and a lot of people dressed in traditional Thai dress - but no information in English.

And of course a cake to eat!

Got my Walking Guide book as well (thanks Richard). This will be tried with absolute relish - it does look good.

I guess these people are special?


Songkran celebration begins

Lumpini Park was something different this morning!

There were the traditional early morning joggers and people exercising there were monks from the Kalasin Province of Thailand.

In one corner of the park there was a set of monks and there was a simple ceremony happening which welcomed the oncoming Songkran celebrations and (I think) reminded the listeners what this meant and not what is now seen as.

Visitors were encouraged to wear traditional Thai costume and the offering was the traditional sticky rice.