Day 2 – A Weekend in Chiang Mai – Wat Phra That Doi Suthep & Wat Pan Ping
I am sure if you have heard of Thailand, you have heard of Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai in Thailand is in the north. It is the largest city in northern Thailand and it is about 435 miles (700 km) from Bangkok.
On the first day in Chiang Mai, a few of us went to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary.
The city of Chiang Mai in Thailand is located right on the Ping River.
We began our morning at an appetizing breakfast at Bake & Bite. I got some pancakes to fuel up for the long day ahead of us.
Amy and I decided to take a walk to a 7 that was close by and grab ourselves a huge bottle of water.
While we were at breakfast, we were deciding how we should spend our last few hours in the area.
The leftover people from Xplore Asia that were in Chiang Mai were Amy, Dina, Jonathan, Christina, and myself.
We all walked around the streets of Chiang Mai for a bit. There were tons of other foreigners.
We stopped at a few souvenir shops and bargained a bit. It was nice to be inside with the AC.
We stopped at the Cat House in Chiang Mai to grab something refreshing and most importantly- we got to pet some kitties. Yay.
There are countless temples in Chiang Mai. Not even just Chiang Mai, but in all of Thailand.
Don’t forget: you have to have your shoulders and knees covered and most of the time you have to take off your shoes.
There were a few times when I was not prepared. Most of the time the temples will lend you something to cover up or you can just buy something right outside/near the temple. If not, you cannot go inside of the temple.
The first one we stopped at is called Wat Pan Ping Chiang Mai.
We all just walked around for a few minutes; it was vacant for a Sunday.
Once we finished our stroll through Wat Pan Ping, we chose our next destination, which was another temple.
The five of us took a tuktuk to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. It took about a half-hour to get there.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is open daily and since we went on a Sunday it was pretty packed.
There are so many stairs to get to the actual temple. Plus heat. Ahhhh.
You have to pay ฿30 to enter. After climbing what seemed hundreds of stairs (Yes, I’m dramatic), we made it!! We all paid and then I realized that the dude gave me back the wrong change.
Since I was given back more change than I was supposed to get, I just decided to donate the change. Good karma is real.
Once you enter Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, you can also see Doi Suthep Viewpoint.
Amy and I were wearing tank tops and shorts so we had to get something to cover our shoulders and knees. We ended up finding a spot that let us borrow some extra clothes.
The temple is stunning; you can see airplanes taking off and landing and gaze at the delightful views that Chiang Mai has to offer.
We roamed around the temple for quite a bit- about 1 to 2 hours; it seemed like it was never-ending, in a good way, of course.
They also have guided tours that are offered in a few different languages, but we chose to just roam freely.
Here are some pictures from the second temple:
After we finished wandering around the temple, we all decided to go our separate ways. Dina, Amy, and I went to the bus station to wait for our bus back to Chaiyaphum.
The journey back to Chaiyaphum was lengthy and we were all exhausted. We all took the same bus back to Chaiyaphum from Chiang Mai and ended up having to work a few hours later.
Chiang Mai in Thailand gave us yet another eventful day.
I have to say that spending a weekend in Chiang Mai was not enough time. So, that will be on the list when I go back to visit Thailand!