BLOGGING FROM A TO Z: C IS FOR Chiang Mai

We’re still in Thailand today! Having travelled from south to north, the last place we visited on this trip was Chiang Mai. I really liked this city – it was busy, as most Thai cities are, but its mountainous location gave it a more laid back energy.

We took the night train from Ayutthaya, the pleasant roll of the train lulling me to sleep almost immediately. It was like being in a hammock. Going fast. On a train track. But still. Know what I mean?

A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins

I’m convinced that’s where Chè and I caught whatever virus laid us low for two weeks after getting home.

The drive up the mountain to visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep Buddhist temple was perhaps a bit hair-raising. The road twisted up through forested slopes the hairpin bends giving the ride up a bit of a rollercoaster feel. Once at the site, you either climb many many many stairs or take the elevator up. Once at the top, you can look down over the city and the airport. I loved looking down at the planes taking off. The temple precinct itself was beautiful and well cared for.

A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins
A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins
A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins

In the afternoon Chè and I attended a Thai cooking class – but not before going shopping for fresh ingredients first.

A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins
A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins
A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins

Dragon fruit – yummy!

A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins

And the results of the cooking class…

A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins
A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins
A to Z challenge Chiang Mai
©2021 Regina Martins

Chè had a restive night, he was already feeling quite sick. The following morning I came down with whatever it was that he caught. We bought meds to take to make the almost 24-hour trip home bearable – if not for the pharmacist speaking English we would’ve been stuck about how much to take because the package inserts were all in Thai 🙂


I know I’m a tad behind, I should be all caught up by this weekend.


Previous posts:

A is for Ayutthaya

B is for Bangkok

BLOGGING FROM A TO Z: B IS FOR Bangkok

We’re still in Thailand. B is for Bangkok – today’s journey on 2021’s Blogging from A to Z Challenge.

Bangkok is a riot!

Do people still say that? Anyway, that’s the word I associate with this city. It’s huge with beautiful skyscrapers, each one vying with the next for the most gorgeous light displays.

It’s noisy, busy, with night markets trading until late, and traffic 24/7. It was fascinating watching the taxis navigate this intersection in front of the train station.

A to z challenge
©2021 Regina Martins

Food at the night market – yummy.

A to z challenge
©2021 Regina Martins

Wat Traimit and the Golden Buddha

In the middle of the busyness, we found refuge from the soft rain in Wat Traimit, a temple in which the 5.5 tones Golden Buddha sits, serenely looking down upon barefooted worshippers.

A to Z challenge Wat Traimit Bangkok
©2021 Regina Martins

Look, a love club!

And look what we found on the ground floor of our hotel… I don’t think ‘love’ is what happens there (maybe in a manner of speaking) and no, we didn’t go in.

A to Z challenge bangkok
©2021 Regina Martins
A to Z challenge bangkok
©2021 Regina Martins

Wat Pho and the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho is the slightly more famous temple, at least according to the guidebooks. The temple complex is larger and is home to the Reclining Buddha, all of 46 metres long.

A to Z challenge Wat Pho Bangkok
©2021 Regina Martins
A to Z challenge Wat Pho Bangkok
©2021 Regina Martins

Monks at prayer.

A to Z challenge Wat Pho Bangkok
©2021 Regina Martins
A to Z challenge Wat Pho Bangkok
©2021 Regina Martins

Canal tour

We rounded the day off with a canal ride; it was so sad to see the levels of pollution on the water.

A to Z challenge Bangkok canal tour
©2021 Regina Martins

We spent 2 nights in Bangkok, not nearly enough to see it all. Something to look forward to …


Yesterday’s post was also a Thailand one – A is for Ayutthaya.

Reflections on writing, editing, life, family and social impact initiatives by a chief wide eyed in wanderer, wonderer and bottlewasher

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers:

%d bloggers like this: