Chiang Mai Thailand
This is a beautiful hill station right at north of Thailand. We were the only 4 Indians in that place for 3 days. It has got beautiful attractions - a national park, one of the world's most maintained caves, and a lovely elephant park! Would you know that there are places in Thailand too, where you can be amidst clouds?
The Night Market ถนน ช้างคลาน Chiang Mai Thailand
At night markets we ate as much stick food, spicy soups, fat noodles and fruit shakes as our plastic bag tasseled arms could carry, to the point of becoming a fat noodle. They are clearly a popular attraction for the amount of Fereng and Chinese tourists amiably dawdling up the street and we easily lost each other on many occasions.I felt as though I was at a festival what with the threat of rain, street performers, sparkling lights and the mysterious stalls; and food hawkers with their questionable delights and the relaxed yet packed environment of ease at which people drink in the street. At the Ratchadamnoen road Sunday market it was much the same, only they played the national anthem and EVERYONE stood still and I noticed the air was clear from the lack of cigarette smoking allowed here.
Doi Suthep Su Thep Chiang Mai Thailand
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep is located about 15 km north of Chiang Mai. The roads are winding, but driving through the hills is beautiful. I love how lush and green everything is. The original temple was founded in 1383, however over the years there have been many additions to the original site. Each more beautiful and ornate. I had to climb up 305 stairs but it was worth the pain. I could have stayed here all day. Wandering around Wats is always so peaceful and relaxing. I love admiring the statues and relics. Everything is so bright and colorful, especially on a sunny day (most days here are sunny days).
Wat Chedi Luang Worawihan Si Phum Chiang Mai Thailand
Also known as the Temple of the Big Stupa, this amazing ruined temple in the heart of Chiang Mai dates back to the 14th or 15th century. King Saen Muang Ma (r.1385-1401) began construction on Wat Chedi Luang in 1391 to hold the ashes of his father, Ku Na. Then, it was then given the great honor of housing the Emerald Buddha, the holiest religious object in Thailand (which is now kept in Wat Phra Kaew at the Grand Palace in Bangkok). The temple continued to grow to a height of 280 ft until 1545 when a severe earthquake toppled part of the great spire. Even then, it remained the tallest structure in Chiang Mai until modern times. The ruined brick chedi of Wat Chedi Luang now rises an impressive 60m in height and is still home to many Buddha Shrines. Although partly ruined, each of it’s four sides are guarded by stone nagas (mythical snakes) and elephants stand guard midway up the platform. This “Royal Pagoda” is currently being renovated and the work completed thus far is stunning. Be sure to take a walk around the entire structure as there is more to be seen on the back side, including donation boxes and bells for each Zodiac animal. According to ancient local belief when people die their spirit will stay in the chedi of their Zodiac animal sign. Although each sign has an official temple in Thailand, these donation bins allow visitors to pay homage to their sign without having to travel to their specific temple (which may be some distance away from Chiang Mai). Next to the chedi sits a large assembly hall with round columns holding up a red ceiling above a Buddha known as Phra Chao Attarot. Dating back to the late 14th century, this large standing Buddha sits high above the crowd in the back of the hall. The entire area in front is a mesmerizing array of Zodiac banners purchased and placed by the faithful in hopes of bringing merit to themselves and their family. Outside to the left, visitors have the opportunity to leave a donation in turn for writing on a tile that will be placed on the roof of the structure. On the other side of the chedi is another pavilion housing a reclining Buddha statue. Don’t miss the large Dipterocarp tree (gum tree) that by lore protects the temple and the city of Chiang Mai in the southeast corner. Legend has it that if the tree is to fall, a catastrophe will soon follow. Also standing guard is the ‘Spirit of the City’ pillar, enshrined next to the tree in a cross shaped building.
Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center Chiang Mai Thailand
The old city was completely walled once and suroounded by a moat. Parts of it can still be seen and are well preserved
Wat Phra Singh Si Phum Chiang Mai Thailand
As Chiang Mai’s most revered temple, visitors flock to Wat Phra Singh to take in it’s Lanna art, architecture and resident Phra Singh Buddha (and therein lies the origins of it’s name). Wat Phra Singh, whose main entrance is guarded by lions, sits in the old city centre of Chiang Mai at the end of the main street (Rachadamnoen Road) and was built in 1345. The Phra Singh Buddha, also known as the Lion Buddha, is housed in a small chapel at the back of the temple grounds. The building is beautiful with its three-tiered roof and carved gables. The inside is just as amazing with gold-pattern stenciling (called lai·krahm) and extensive murals. Purchase incense and flowers to donate during your visit and you may receive a blessing from a senior Monk. The grounds also feature the main chedi with a unique octagonal shape along with a learning center for boys and young men to study to become Novice Monks. Under the shade of red umbrellas, a street market lines the walkway to the rear of the property and offers clothing, trinkets and food. The absolute best bowl of Khao Soi noodles can be had here for just 40 Thai Baht (about $1.30 USD).
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Shopping Centre Chang Khlan Chiang Mai Thailand
The night market is very vibrant and filled with cultural souvenirs .. Unique and colourful Bo San umbrellas, Khantok dinners, Loy Krathon festivities, Flower Festival and crazy Songkran celebrations mark typical Chiang Mai culture and it has been voted among the 25 best destinations in the world.
Chiang Mai Tubing & Beach Club Office 1 Chiang Mai Thailand
The beaches here are completely unlike typical Thai beaches and that was a relief!
Chiang Mai Zoo Huai Kaeo Road Chiang Mai Thailand
No I wasn't referring to Backpackers. Chiang Mai Zoo is a hillside town for African, Asian and Australian animals. I was delighted at how well looked after they seem, despite some small enclosures for reptiles and one maddened-looking Asian black bear so clearly bored of his enclosure. And compared to Tiger Kingdom, where big cats are drugged for a tourist's opportunity at getting close to a top predator for a fucked up cuddle. The pandas being the star attraction were in their own area to draw in more money . As you can guess, the breeding programme wasn't going well and neither panda, showed a hint of interest in anything but sleeping in their bamboo decorated enclosures. Still it was a treat for me to see one in (huge) flesh and I was impressed at the modernity of how to keep such large and dangerous animals in humane but safe areas by using the well known trench system instead of caging up in serious amounts of chicken wire (ahem, London zoo).