Third day in Chiang Mai.

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Today we started relaxed in Starbuck's with a nice big mug cappuccino and a western croissant with ham and cheese on it. Although it taste good, it feels like treason. Here we are in the land of all those great dishes, and were here sitting in Starbucks eating an croissant. When we finished, we take a Sawngthâew ( it's a pickup taxi with a roof and a bench on both sides) to the busstation for bustickets. At the busstation we get the anouncement that we don't have pre book our seats in the bus for tomorrow, because that bus is the early bus and never gets full. So says the man behind the counter. He says; trust me, Ill be here tomorow, so I know you 2 are coming. Okay, we believe him on his word. I must say, the busses look very modern and clean with airco's on top of it. Great, I look forward to the trip of tomorrow, a nice relaxing bustrip to Soppong.

Traffic Chiang Mai.
But for now, our taxidriver will show us around Chiang Mai. First he's going together with my husband to a small shop for some refreshments. They come back with all kinds of POWER drinks who smell disgusting. And they taste the same. Brrrr... Just give me a botlle of water and I'm doing fine. We going to the temple Doi Suthep.

Wat Doi Suthep is leaying outside Chiang Mai on a high hill. There is a road going all up to the temple. Many thai are visiting the temple today, so you see many motorbikes loaded with family's. When we arrive at the temple, you have to climb up an stairs with so many step. It's quite exhuisting to go there, because it's very moisten and warm today. And very cloudy.

Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
But when we came on top, you could see over Chiang Mai. It's a nice view. The temple is very nice aswell. Allmost everything is gold(colored). It's so fascinating to see how the thai go up in there religion. Spending there money on lotus flowers and candles, walking around the centre of the temple and listen to the monk's praying. Meanwhile, tourists are taking photo's of them and they are not even disturb about it. After seeing all of it, we went back down the stairs. We bought 2 very small tin dragons, for good luck they say. Our taxidriver was waiting for us and he drove us back to Chiang Mai. He showed us some local things, but not worth writing about. Then he brought us back at our "great" guesthouse. We made a deal for tomorrow with the taxidriver for bringing us to the busstation. He will pick us up at 7.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep". Stairs to the temple.
30 am.

Around 4 o clock it started to rain. That's why it was so moisten. It rains for an hour. After eating in a small restaurant nearby our guesthouse, we went to the Sunday night market. It's different from the normal night market, it's more with things people make at home. It's very popular, it's more croudy than the normal market. To croudy for my opinion. We leaving as fast as we can. Although I bought a half cut open coconut with small holes in the sides. So when you put a candle in it, you see all kinds of shadow figures.

We go back to the office of the elephant foundation to adopt one off the elephants for a few year. It's a birthday present for my sister in law. We get an certificate of it and a photo of our adopted elephant.

View over Chiang Mai from out the temple.
His name is Max and he is the biggest male elephant in thailand. He has a dreadfull history aswell, but he is now the male macho of the elephant parc. The female just adore him.  I hope my sister in law likes the idea of beeing a foster mum of an elephant. We wait and see, it's her birthday on the 21ste. The foundation will send her on the 26th an email with all the details on it.

At last we went to a massage centre for my first thai massage. Okay, it's nice, but sometimes I got the idea that was doing  Muai Thai instead of massaging. I didn't feel relaxed at all. Okay, by the time she was finished I felt totally relaxed. But the massage itselves is pure manhandle.

After updating our travelblog for the family in holland, in a internetcafĂ©, we went to bed. I'm totally relaxed. ZENNNNNN..........  

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Traffic Chiang Mai.
Traffic Chiang Mai.
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
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Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".…
View over Chiang Mai from out the …
View over Chiang Mai from out the…
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
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Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".…
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
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Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".…
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
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Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".…
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
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Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".…
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
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Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".…
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
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Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".…
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
Temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep.
Temple "Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep".
Chiang Mai
photo by: Stevie_Wes