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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, the largest and quite possibly the liveliest city in the north of Thailand, is home to seemingly countless wats (over 300, actually, according to Lonely Planet), hill tribe (or ethnic minority) culture--both nearby, accessible via treks and tours, and even just in town--and of course plenty of high-quality and reasonably-priced souvenirs.

To quote from Lonely Planet:

"Founded in 1296, Chiang Mai was at one time part of the independent lanna Thai (Million Thai Rice-Fields) kingdom, much given to warring with kingdoms in Burma and Laos, as well as Sukhothai to the south. You can still see the moat that encircled the city at that time, but the remaining fragments of the city wall are mainly reconstructions...    Despite tourism, which is the city's number-one source of revenue, Chiang Mai is one of the least expensive large cities in Thailand..."

Which makes it a great, affordable place to soak up some culture, both past (architecture, ruins) and present. It also makes for a great escape from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.


As with some of the other pages at this site, no descriptive text accompanies these nine shots below--although we'll tell you here that most are actually from the very impressive Wat Chedi Luang.

Instead, just put your cursor on top of any picture, and read a bit about it there...

A small shrine, by a vacant lot in downtown Chiang Mai... not unlike ones you see all over Thailand

SAY CHEESE!...   at Tha Phae Gate, immediately east of the eastern side of the old town (still separated by a small moat)

Wat Chedi Luang, at dusk

Wat Chedi Luang: a Buddha image inside, a real-life monk outside...

The bell (gong?) tower, also at Wat Chedi Luang

And a monk ringing the bell/gong, at about 6 pm

TIME TO GO HOME!  Even monks have to call it quits for the day... here's a truckload of them leaving the grounds of Wat Chedi Luang.

ARTSY SHOT, OR LUCKY MISTAKE?   Whatever, this blurry shot of some Akha women (and child), on a busy Chiang Mai street at night, has a sort of, well, QUALITY to it... doesn't it?!    :=)

WHEW!  Web surfing sure is hard work:  A rikshaw driver, taking a rest in his vehicle.

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