Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Thailand  , Chiang Mai,
Saturday, July 16, 2011

 Today we decided to rouse ourself from our happy languid stupour and go visit Doi Suthep, which is a large temple on a mountain. The full name of the temple is Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, with wat meaning temple, the Phrathat meaning the name of the temple and the Doi Suthep being the name of the mountain that it sits on.

We hired a driver and one of the open sided,open backed red truck type things that are everywhere here in chaing mai and set off. i had no realised that it was a good hours drive away and up a wiggly windy HIGH mountain, so the drive was like an adventure, i had my ipod on shuffle and it was churning out some great stuff, it was a good drive, good tunes, breeze in my face, amazing views.

the driver stopped at a viewpoint for us to take some snaps of the view over chaing mai. chaing mai used to be a small provincial town, but is now a big city, it was interesting to see it from above as you can clearly see the city limits of the old town, surrounded by a moat and see how much the city has sprawled around it.

the driver stopped again at a little waterfall for us, which was pretty, and cooling, i always tend to feel cooler when i am near water.

we wound our way up the mountain and arrived at our destination, which looked so busy, a giant car park surrounded by food and clothes stalls. i started thinking, oh shit, this is going to be a repeat of the grand palace, hot crowded and intense. we decided to get the little train up as we had been warned that there were loads of steep stairs to climb. it was all busy busy buying tickets, but when we got to the top, it was really relaxed and not at all crowded. phew. i really liked it up there, it was beautiful, relaxed and really camling. i just felt really happy there. it did start to rain at one point and it got a little chilly, but that was pleasant, even though we could see that in the city it was still sunny.

there were many beautiful buddhas, and lots of different little nooks and crannys to explore. and then we went up some stairs and emerged in a whole world of gold. beautiful. the top part of the temple was the holiest and most special part of the temple, and it was were all the thai people were praying and giving offerings to the monks and the buddhas. i spent sometime infront of a lucky buddha as i had promised a friend i would wish for luck for him and his family.

after ambling happily about for an hour or so we walked down the supposedly awful steps and found the wife of our driver buying some large corn on the cobs.

the whole drive home she kept offerinf me corn on the cob and looking so dissapointed when i did't take her up on her offer, but the thing is, i dont' really like corn on the cob unless it is covered in marmite...and i don't think she had any marmite!

boxing tonight, should be good fun.
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