Chiang Mai

Our three days in Chiang Mai were spent wandering the rather charming streets, which oozed with a lovely cafe culture vibe, arts and crafts shops and beautiful temples. We saw a lot of temples, almost to the point that it's hard to distinguish them from one another now. But we enjoyed how these environments were living breathing public places, where people come to worship, study or just relax in. We did a lot of people watching from shaded spots and loved seeing school groups listening to talks being given by monks. We wandered the gardens, observed various rituals, admired the architecture and enjoyed the atmosphere. 

 

Photos by Ben Journee

One of the wihahn (sanctuaries) at Wat Phra Singh

One of the wihahn (sanctuaries) at Wat Phra Singh

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Wat Phan Tao was a gorgeous teak temple in the Old City

Wat Phan Tao was a gorgeous teak temple in the Old City

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Gold leafed Buddha at Wat Chedi Luang

Gold leafed Buddha at Wat Chedi Luang

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The ancient Lanna stupa dating 1441 in the middle of Wat Chedi Luang 

The ancient Lanna stupa dating 1441 in the middle of Wat Chedi Luang 

The steep staircase leading to Doi Suthep, a monastery hidden high in the hills overlooking Chiang Mai

The steep staircase leading to Doi Suthep, a monastery hidden high in the hills overlooking Chiang Mai

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The massage was so lovely, the women incredibly sweet (we wonder what kind of life they've had!), and the enviornment beautiful. So we went back for more! 

The massage was so lovely, the women incredibly sweet (we wonder what kind of life they've had!), and the enviornment beautiful. So we went back for more! 

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