Monday, July 18, 2011

Chiangmai Day 3

Our last full day in Chiangmai.
We walked around the old city centre to explore
as well as do some shopping

Unfortunately, it kept drizzling the whole day,
so a few pics didn't turn out as nice.
Those that were ok,
also looked kinda greyed out.

First temple that we visited in Chiangmai,
the Wat Phra Singh,
which is the largest temple in Chiangmai.

The main prayer hall

Since it was Vesak Day when we visited the temple,
there were several hawkers selling birds that were kept in little cages.
These were meant for the bird-releasing ceremony that is still being practised in Thailand.

My friends bought a cage of 5 birds for 100 baht
I think if they had unlimited amounts of cash,
they would have tried to release all of them.

Next temple visited was the Wat Phan Tao.
Actually this one we stumbled across trying to look for another temple,
the Wat Chedi Luang that is only just adjectent to it.

This temple was originally constructed as one of the royal residence for the ruler of Chiangmai.
Apparently the temple is made of up teak panels and pillars all fitted together.

Its a rather small temple but still important (I think),
as there were several people who made their way to pray here.

The main prayer hall of the Wat Chedi Luang temple.

One of the side chapels

At the entrance to the Wat Chedi Luang temple,
is a myraid of stalls selling refreshments as well as religious objects.
I had my first tast of beetroot juice (mixed with passion fruit),
and I have to say, this is one of the most refreshing drinks I ever had.

It was really fresh and tasty!
I bought another bottle immediately after finishing the first one!
It was that good!

The ruins of the Wat Chedi Luang

As it was Vesak day itself when we visited,
we also chanced upon a religious march-past by the nation's military force.

The temple ruins housed a really huge golden buddha.
Unfortunately, it is now closed off to the general public,
and so you can only glaze at the awesome ruins and figurines from below.

Aside from visiting the temples,
we also explored the city area.
I posted some of the more interesting pics just to let you guys have an idea of what the area is like

Bike tours for tourists are a common sight.
This was just one of the many groups that we passed by.

Some of the buildings and/or residences had really awesome deco.
Like the one in the pic above?
The balcony had some really creepy looking sculptures of gigantic insects.
I am not a fan of flying six-legged creatures

A little bit of shopping across the Wat Phan Tao and Wat Chedi Luang temples.
There is this little shop there that sells some really pretty clothes and accessories.
I bought myself a head scarf while my friend got some t-shirts.
We also deliberated whether to haul home some of the beaded sandals there.

I call these the "fearless motorbike stunt riders".
Its actually a pretty common sight in Thailand.
There was even a family of 5 that I saw riding in a single motorbike.
I have no idea how they managed to balance,
and with such aplomb too!

A Hello Kitty motorbike plate that we were tempted to rip off for a friend who's a crazy fan of the kitty.

One of the many pretty shops around that we stopped into.
We hauled back quite a lot of beautiful, hand-crafted journals and notebooks for friends and colleagues
This one also had some pretty hand-made jewellery,
but we were pretty loaded with them by then,
and didn't get any of those.

There are still some other stuff that we didn't get to do while we were in Chiangmai,
like the elephant tours, the zoo, etc.
So I may still come back in future for another short trip,
particularly since I'm thinking of venturing to Chiangrai and the other Thai areas as well.

Till then,
its fond memories of Chiangmai =)


ChaosButterfly said...

Oooh it all looks so beautiful!! I'm glad that you're having a great trip!

Berry T said...

Thank you dear! Some of the better pics were taken by my friends though, so credit to them! But we all definitely enjoyed ourselves there!

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