Wat Doi Suthep

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Wat something-a-rather
Earlier in the week we had gone to Monk Chat, which pretty much does as it says on the tin. We went and had a chat with a monk at a local wat so we could learn more about being a monk and he could learn a bit about our travels and practice his English. We also signed up for a 'Meditation Retreat' - an overnight stay where you are given a proper introduction to Buddhism and shown how to meditate(!) However, upon arriving at the wat, we were greeted by a sign that said it had been cancelled due to a lack of numbers. Travelling around Asia in the high season has its disadvantages, as well as advantages.

So, not wanting to waste a day, we hired a sangthaew (basically a pick-up truck turned taxi) up to the top of a hill overlooking Chang Mai centre. Waiting at the top is Doi Suthep, a famous wat built by a previous king of the city (yes, the city had kings.) It was worth a trek up, even if the 306 stairs were a bit of a nightmare in the heat.

Then that evening, along with a couple of people from our hostel, we visited the Night Bazaar, an outdoor market stretching over a huge area of the city, where I saw as many Westerners as I have done since Australia. A lot of the stuff for sale gets regurgitated (not literally), and some things on sale are just ridiculous (wallets made of Pepsi can anyone?) Still, if we were here before heading home I could have blitzed a few baht on a few things.
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Wat something-a-rather
Wat something-a-rather
Alone on Chang Mais public transp…
Alone on Chang Mai's public trans…
Chang (elephant)
Chang (elephant)
Overlooking Chang Mai
Overlooking Chang Mai
Buddhas
Buddhas
Someone catches the bait
Someone catches the bait
Spicythai hostel residents
Spicythai hostel residents
Chiang Mai
photo by: Stevie_Wes