Chiang Mai

After leaving Elephant Nature Park we stayed in lovely Chiang Mai for a few days to explore the local temples, shop in the night market, check out the Chiang Mai museum, etc.. It really is a nice city — so much more relaxed and pleasant than Bangkok. Enjoy!

A glass blower at the Chiang Mai Sunday night market.

To be honest I'm not entirely sure what the paste is, but she's making balls of something for soup.

Their mother dresses them up to charge tourists money to take their picture outside Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.

People pour oil into candles to keep them burning at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.

A monk walks amongst the buildings of Wat Umong, a 700-year old temple nestled in the forest.

Wat Umong features a series of cave temples carved out of the mountain rock. This is looking back toward the outdoor light.

A young boy lights a candle at a shrine in the caves at Wat Umong.

Dozens of crumbling statues of the Buddha sit peacefully outside of the cave complex.

This is Wat Chedi Luang, a crumbling 600 year old temple located in the heart of the city.

Novice monks remove flags along one of the stairways of Wat Chedi Luang.

School children sit during lunchtime in Chiang Mai.

Thais look on as our guesthouse catches fire and covers the area in thick smoke.


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