Thailand, which was used to be called Siam, is a famous travel destination in the South Asia. It is to the west of Laos and Cambodia, and to the south of Malaysia and Gulf of Siam, as well as to the east of Myanmar and Andaman sea. It is called “the country of smile” and has attracted millions of tourists from all over the world every year.
Chiang Mai is the second largest city in Thailand. It is well known as “the rose in the north Thailand” since most of the Miss Thailand are from Chiang Mai. Compared with the modern Bangkok, Chiang Mai is quite different due to its refreshing air, the serenity of the city and profoundness inherited over the history. Since it was the capital of Lanna Thai (a dynasty in the history of Thailand), many related buildings spreading over the city. Mountains nearby are the favorite spots for the local during the weekends. Suburb with countryside views is also one of the most popular destinations where you could have a lot of fun with elephants. In addition, the night market which is famous for its handicraft artwork has also attracted numerous tourists over the world. In this article, I am going to continue to talk about its second largest city – Chiang Mai.
As an old capital, there are many temples in Chiang Mai. There is an old town area located in the centered surrounded by the new town area. The main temples are situated in the old town area. You would always find another temple within several steps. There are also many attractive spots in the suburban area near Doi Suthep Mountain, such as Wat Phra Temple, Bhuping Palace, and the most interesting Chiang Mai Night Safari.
Tha Phae Gate
Tha Phae Gate is the only remain from the old capital town which was built in the year 1296. At first, the wall made of red bricks was quite marvelous; however, over the years, only the gate part has been left. The road in front of the gate is called Tha Pae Road through which those who come by train will have to pass to enter the old town area. In the daytime during the weekday, there are not many people or activities here. You can feed pigeons; the food for pigeons are sold nearby with 20 B per bag. Although it sounds tedious, through the serenity and facing the old gate, you might feel like traveling through the time and would feel the profoundness of the long history.
On the weekends, especially on the Sunday night, you would find the night market here in the square and the street in front of the gate. Compared to the night market in Bangkok, the price here is a bit low. Since the north of Thailand is famous for its wood handicrafts, there are many stalls selling those elegant artworks. There are also many bars and small travel agencies nearby.
Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang is one of the six most famous and the largest temples in Chiang Mai. It was built in the year 1411 with several renovations in the following decades. There was a great earthquake and windstorm happened in the year 1545, after which the tip of the tower was destroyed. The current temple was rebuilt after the disaster. There are decorations of snake and peacock figures at the gate of the temple. You can find the large figure of Buddha within the temple as well. Only one of the four sides has the stairs, and the rest only have the slope. It is ok to take photos within the temple; however, it is necessary to take off the shoes before entering the temple. Also, as for female tourists, it would be better not to wear shorts and vest.
You can choose to take taxi or Tuk Tuk to arrive the temple. The fee of the taxi starts at 36 B. As for the Tuk Tuk, the one-way trip usually costs around 50 B. The temple is opened from 6: 00 to 18: 00 and there is no ticket required.
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