CHIANG MAI, THAILAND: TEMPLE IN THE CLOUDS, WAT PHRA THAT DOI SUTHEP, FAIRYTALE CAFE, GOING TO HANOI
This is day 7 of 20 days in Southeast Asia. We wake up at sunrise to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a beautiful temple on the top of a mountain. We have lunch at a fairytale themed cafe before catching a flight to Hanoi to continue our trip.
The rest of the trip:
Start here if you haven’t read:
Day 1: Golden Buddha, Yaowarat, Banglamphu (Bangkok, Thailand)
Day 2: Wat Pho, Bangkok National Museum, Wat Arun (Bangkok, Thailand)
Day 3 & 4: Jim Thompson House, Snake Farm, overnight train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, plus a Thai cooking class (Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Day 5: Elephant Nature Park, Saturday Night Market, Nimmanhaemin Road (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Day 6: Thai Massage, Wat Phan Tao, Warowot Market (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
I read online in advance that a good way to get there was to ask the songthaew driver to drop you at the zoo entrance. From there a queue of songthaews wait to take tourists up to the top to see Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
Our initial plan was to wait for a second songthaew from the zoo, but there weren’t any. We paid 500 Thai baht for the drive up and back, and for the driver to wait for us while we explored the temple.
I can imagine the stairs up to the temple getting really crowded, especially when the shops open. We were there early enough that nothing was really open, it was a lovely, quiet experience. Also…loving my shirt I got at the Night Market the evening before.
A few more steps lead up into the inner terrace, with the towering golden chedi with a relic of the Buddha. It is believed to be a bone from the shoulder of the Buddha. The relic split in half, one fragment is at Wat Suan Dok and the other was mounted onto a sacred white elephant that wandered through the jungles until it did. The place where it died? Here, where the monastery was founded.
It was delicious. We spent our last Thai Baht on the blizzard expecting to find some food in the rest of the airport that we could pay with credit card. Unfortunately, everything was cash only and we didn’t want to withdraw more baht, so we really savored our durian blizzard.
We were hungry and everybody in the airport was eating delicious looking ramen cups. I love that. In the States, you’d see fast food like burgers or something from Starbucks, but a lot of folks around us were eating hot noodles. Wish we saved enough cash to join them!
I hope you enjoyed! The next part will be exploring Hanoi.
Much love friends.