Now that I’m on the mend from my seemingly interminable sickness, we decided to take a trip a bit farther afield and visit the wat on top of the nearby mountain Doi Suthep. It’s the most sacred one in the area, and many Thais visit each day to pay their respects.
In order to get their, we had to take a shared songthaew (covered pickup truck taxi) from the North gate of the old city. We were super lucky to find a full one just leaving when we arrived, and squeezed ourselves in. The way up the mountain is steep and windy, and I wished I had some Dramamine, what with the little vehicle zipping around the curves. But we made it! Doi Suthep is 5500 ft. high, and we definitely felt that it was cooler when we arrived.
The path is about 3-4 times wider than at the Great Wall of China, so the harassment isn’t bad. I discovered that while I may have the energy to traipse about the city, stairs sure take it out of me fast. Looks like I still have some recovery to do.
There were many Thais with lily stalks walking around praying. Also some lighting incenses, or burning oil. Some taking blessing from monks within the pagodas. It was clearly a very active place of worship; much more so than the other wats we’ve visited.