Dubbed as Thailand’s “Rose of the North”, Chiang Mai is a fascinating mélange of ancient world and modern time charms. Though already more than 700 years since its founding, the walled city still keeps its name “Chiang Mai” which literally means “new city.” For as Thailand’s travel hub in the north, Chiang Mai has managed to keep up with the times yet still hang on to its heritage.
My chosen base of operations was inside the Old City where a true-blue moat still exists to this day. Chiang Mai’s Old City is roughly in the shape of a square and is surrounded by brick walls that were mostly destroyed during World War II. Arriving late in the afternoon did not stop me from attacking the first item on my itinerary: visit as many wats or Buddhist temples inside the Old City walls. Although I could say that I had seen plenty of pagodas in the Yangon leg of my backpacking Indochina tour, visiting these temples is still a must when in Chiang Mai. It is just temple central, with literally a Buddhist temple at every corner. I was able to visit some of them and capture some amazing photos.
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There are plenty more temples just inside Chiang Mai’s Old City walls. But they would sort of blur into one similar structure. As is evident in the photos, the Wat Chedi Luang is the most important and also the most impressive. It’s also very photogenic no matter what time of day – which is why it’s my favorite.
In my next post, the most sacred temple outside of the city walls.
August 22-25, 2015
***photos were taken using iPhone6 and GoPro Hero 4 Silver