Chiang Mai, Thailand
After the captivating city of Siem Reap and it’s ancient temples, we moved north west to Chiang Mai, Thailand. Chiang Mai is the largest city and cultural center of northern Thailand, having served as the capital of the Kingdom of Lanna, which flourished from 1296 – 1768, and later as capital of the Kingdom of Chiang Mai, from 1774 – 1939.
Today Chiang Mai is the capital of the Chiang Mai Province and exudes history and adventure.
As we arrived on August 30th, our lovely guide Dang set out a gorgeous birthday cake for me.
Birthday dinner out at a great little Thai restaurant
I wonder what we ordered...
We spent our first day in Chiang Mai at the Chiang Dao Elephant Training Center.
An elephant with her mahout (do you remember the term mahout's, from a post a few months back?)
Beautiful girl from the Lisu tribe (an ethnically Chinese tribe living in northern Thailand)
Did you know that elephants can paint?
The Mahout sits on the elephant's head
On elephant-back we visited a village of the Lisu peoples.
Taking a ride on a bamboo raft down the winding Ping River
The next day we ventured around old Chiang Mai city in horse drawn carriages.
Temples built during the reign of King Mangrai; he ruled the Lanna Kindgom during the late 13th century
Remnants from recent worshippers
This holy tree is being protected by bamboo poles that villagers lay against it
Inside this temple is a network of strings leading around the room and eventually all connecting to the Buddha. Those who are sick can hold on to one of the strings for a direct connection with the healing powers of the Buddha
Gongs the monks at the pagoda beat
Mural in the pagoda depicting the death of King Mangrai in 1317; he was struck by lightening as he rode back to the city of Chiang Mai on his elephant
And who wouldn’t want to play with tigers?!