They have a moat!

Trip Start Apr 05, 2010
Trip End Aug 30, 2010

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Chaing Mai (temples)

We decided to go right when we left the hotel, we generally choose between two directions, left or right, without a lot of information on the decision we are making, just a gut feeling. And when you throw straight into the mix, oh man, it gets even more tricky. So we went right, down the street and walked along the moat surrounding the old city. Yes, chaing Mai has a moat, probably spanning a four mile radius. One day I hope to have one too. We found a familiar side street in our quest to see a few of the more than three hundred wats, or temples, in Chaing Mai, and fancy that, we found one within five minutes. It had a sign warnin us "when dog barks, do not run. Won't bite". Comforting. So when the dogs barked, we did not run, and talked in our firm but kind Ceasar Milan voice, and they, true to the sign, did not bite us. Success. This temple, after seeing the rest of what we found is what we would call a warm up, but it was beautiful. We saw a pretty side street so we walked down that, wound around and found ourselves at another wat with a temple in the back surrounded and held up by stone elephants, facing a giant statue of Buddha. Coolest one we've seen yet. Then we found a sleeping Buddha, resting Buddha, Buddha in the sky carved into a giant geological phenomenon coming out of the center of the city, from nothing, and many many more. They were all unique and amazing and well documented on our thirty two gig memory cards, so we won't bore you with any more of the details. They were prettymuch indescribable anyway so we won try. The second day we went to see some of the more famous wats, that were a bit further away, so after walking to the first one, we hired a tuk tuk to drive us around. He said it would be 150 baht to take us just to the other temple and then to our hotel, but only 100 if we went to see a variety of show rooms of different goods, so we thought we'd give it a go. We went to a jewelry showroom, where we assume they were expecting us to buy our own engagement rings, or perhaps propose to eachother right there, but we would prefer that to be more spontaneous and romantic, so we didn't appease. We then went on to see a silk, leather, umbrella (which was actually pretty awesome), rug, miniature painting and another jewelry showroom, and by then I was thinking I should have just coughed up the extra fifty baht to go just to the temples, but I think I was just tired from all the not shopping shopping. But the next wat was one of the most amazing yet, and well worth the wait. We polished off the night with dinner and a few too many chang beers, and another of our never tiresome emotionally riveting love chats about what great heterosexual life partners we are, and were off to run to the Thailand-Burma border in the morning. Very early morning.
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