Beautiful days in Chiang Mai Province Thailand – Part 1

English: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

English: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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攝於泰國清邁วัดพระธาตุดอยสุเทพ(Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep)前的Naga (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The chedi at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, in Chian...

The chedi at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, in Chiang Mai (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

English: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

English: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand....

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand. Location: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Chiang Mai. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From the turbo prop plane, on our one hour flight from Luang Prabang, Laos to Chiang Mai, Thailand, we had wonderful views of the Mekong River and the countryside below. {For some amazing photos of the Mekong River open this link}. We were pleased that we had chosen against the two-day boat trip, as the boats were noisy and probably not that safe. We were en route from Laos to Myanmar (Burma), and it was cheaper for us to join the Air Asia network in Thailand. It also provided a short window to explore Northern Thailand and decided whether we wanted to return.

We organized a car and driver (called Ben), for our four-day stay in Chiang Mai. Ben met us at the airport and we stopped at a temple on the way to our hotel. We were in a delightful boutique hotel, near the river, which was highly recommended on Trip Advisor and we were made very welcome. After unpacking, Ben took us to the Old Quarter and we visited the famous weekly walking street, early in the evening – once a week, there is special market in Chiang Mai that attracts thousands of visitors – for us, it was just a bit too crowded. Later that evening, we went to a lovely and lively restaurant on the river, near our hotel.

Our first full day, we started at the Maesa Elephant Camp, where we saw the elephants taking their baths, before putting on a wonderful show, including playing football and scoring goals!  Later went for a delightful elephant ride in the jungle. {Open this link for some amazing photos of the elephants. }

Later we visited Baan Tong Luang, an eco-agricultural hill tribe village, where we saw a number of minority groups, including:

  • Karen
  • Lathu Shi Balu (anYellow Mu)
  • Palong (Dala-Ang)
  • Hmong
  • Kayaw
  • Akha (Ekaw)
  • Yao (Mien)

To see some amazing photos of the ethnic minorities, photos, open the following link:

 Baan Tong Luang

 

Many of these Peoples originally came from Tibet, Yunnan Province in China or Myanmar or Burma) and finally  settled in Northern Thailand. This included the famous ladies with the long neck, who from an early age wear a cold collar, made of metal rings and, as they grow, a ring is added to help stretch their necks and these are never removed even for sleeping. In the afternoon, we visited the Laha shi Bali and the Watwalad Monestry, which provided a spectacular viewing point of the countryside from our vantage high up the mountain. We found that we were blocked in whilst a huge motorcade passed by on the mountain road – this was an escort for the a Thai Royal Princess (the King’s daughter-in-law), which was really interesting, but photographs were not allowed. Next, we stopped at Doi Suthep (Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep), a very beautiful monastery, and found that the princess and her entourage were there before us. We climbed the hill and the many hundreds of steps but the royal party took the cable car. Like the thousands of Thai people, we were delighted to get a glimpse of the princess, the local people who had come to pray with her  and see her were supplied with blankets and snacks that they would take home with them. We saw flying  lanterns and celebration supplied by the royal party. The princess lit the first of the spectacular lanterns, and then they were lit at regular intervals, providing a beautiful procession of lanterns high into the sky. It was a wonderful experience for us as this is truly a royal family for the people.

Because of the royal visit, we did not return to Chiang Mai until seven-thirty in the evening. It was a truly memorable day.

 

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