There’s Gold in Them Thar Hills

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.

DSC01013WIn 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.

DSC01014WWat Phrathat Doi Suthep is a further 309 steps of walking up through trinket stands.

DSC01015WThe 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.

DSC01017WOnce we reached the top we were greeted with the splendid views of the temple, everything covered in gold and copper, and gemstones.

DSC01019WWe were supposed to get great views over Chiang Mai, but unfortunately there was a bit of a haze.

DSC01020WThere 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.

DSC01021WWe had a great time exploring and enjoying the architecture and local culture, and then hopped back in a songthaew headed downhill for a much needed nap.

DSC01023WIt was a really nice excursion, and it was fun to finally do something a bit outside the city.

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