7 March 2018

Today we headed off from Pia on our way to Chiang Rai. One of our most favourite things we came across was working elephant camps. These elephants were not being trained to paint pictures or steel someones hat, but working with their Thai owners in traditional areas.

Temples visited today included:

  • Wat Mae HI
  • Wat Chedi Mai Chiang Rai
  • Wat Phra That Tatumon
  • Wat Huai Som (White Temple)

One of the temples we visited today we could see off in the distant hills. So with minimal map data we headed off in the general direction. The temple was perched high on a hill, the exterior finished. Inside the huge buddha was lined with shelves filled with little buddhas on them.

We found the same hotel we stayed at 12 months ago and headed out to a local cafe for dinner.

8 March 2018

The plan today was to tour Chiang Rai and then head onto Phraya. Temples and sites visited included:

  • Wat Rong Suea Ten (Blue Temple)
  • Wat Hauy Plakang 9 Tier Temple
  • Wiang Lo Ancient Ruins
  • Phra That Chom Khrai

9 March 2018

Rest Day walking around Phraya.

10 March 2018

Phraya to Phrae

  • Wat Thung Nong
  • Phrathat Phu To
  • Wat Phong Sunan
  • Wat Phong
  • Wat Ban Loa
  • Wat Phra That Cho Hee
  • Wat Phra That Chom Cheang
  • Wat Phra Non

Alison’s tummy was still desperate for food (as she was till not feeling better) so we decided on pizza for dinner.

11 March 2018

This morning as we were leaving our hotel, there was a weeding in full swing in the hotel lobby. It was wonderful seeing the joy around such an event.

  • Mae Kang (Fabric Weaving Village)
  • Phra That Doi Noi
  • Wat Salaeng
  • Wat Chetawan
  • Wat Phra Kaew Don Tao Suchadaram
  • Wat Phra Kaeo

Hotel for the night was in Lampang, probably the worst quality of the trip.

12 March 2018

Today we headed back to 3Season Chiang Mai – Wat Doi Ti. It felt good to be back in Chiang Mai, it is certainly a wonderful place.

13 March 2018

Back in Chiang Mai, we decided to visit Wat Phra That Doi Kham (Temple of the Golden Mountain). Before headed up the mountain we visited the Royal Gardens.

14 March 2018

Today we took it easy gravelly around Chiang Mai. We visited:

  • Khuang Phra Chao Lanna
  • Wat Pa Dara Phirom
  • Phra Phutthabat Si Roi Cetiya

15 March 2018

Our last day in Chiang Mai and with our plane flight booked for late evening we headed off to explore some more of Chiang Mai today.

  • Wat Umong
  • Wat Si Don Chai Pa Tung Ngam
  • Wat That Kaow
  • Wat E-Kang
  • Wat Srisuphan

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