Chiang Mai was a roller coaster of emotions for me–I managed to have both my favorite and least favorite days of the trip in two consecutive days–and we were only there for three! The day after I was sick was our last day in Chiang Mai, and despite the fact that I kind of felt like I had been hit by a truck, I felt bad we had come to such a beautiful place and seen so little of it. So in the morning and early afternoon of the day we flew out Bangkok, I sucked it up and powered through an excursion to see some of Chiang Mai’s temples.
Despite the fact that my memories of the day are tinged with a hint of naseau (sound familiar?), it was overall still a positive experience. The architecture and design of Southeast Asian temples is out of this world–you could sit in one temple for a whole day just staring at the walls and still be discovering ornate details your didn’t notice hours later. Everything is seemingly glittery, gold, and bejeweled, a sharp contrast to the simply (but vibrantly) dressed monks who quietly roam about and the scraggly animals that live on the grounds and are lovingly cared for by the monks.
Because I was still a bit under the weather that day I can’t remember the names of these temples, but I do remember they were all situated smack in the center of Chiang Mai, just a few blocks from the river and market. Please excuse my fuzzy memories and vague explanations, and enjoy the random, mixed assortment of photos from Chiang Mai’s temples!
That’s the last of what we have to share about Chiang Mai…up next, the beautiful island of Koh Chang!