Chiang Mai (Day 1 and 2)

Day 1

My trip started with a 6am bus to Incheon Airport in South Korea. Luckly, the weather wasn’t to cold. I was kind of nervous about that because the last thing I want to do is bring a buch of warm winter clothes with me. I had looked at the weather for Chiang Mai and the highs ranged from 85-90 degrees F. I always seem to get to the bus stop early, so after 45 minutes of sitting around, I was on my way!

I got to the airport and on the plane with no problems. For some reason though, the airport was packed. Kind of surprising for a Sunday. Because of this, I didn’t have enough time to get much to eat before the plane ride. On top of that, I got stuck with fish on the plane. Not that great.

When I landed in Guangzhou, China, I was hoping to to get some noodles… but no real food anywhere. I did pay 3 dollars for a Snickers bar though! After a three hour layover, I was finally on my way to Chiang Mai. Strangely enough, there was hardly anyone on the flight. I did work a little of my Korean on a few Korean girls that were on the flight. Haha!

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This time, I got chicken, which held me over a little bit until I landed and found a McDonald’s. I know most people tell me I should be eating ethnic food, but after a flight I just need something I know… and I need it now. I had only ate two meals the hole day which solely consisted of airplane food. After eating, I went and got a taxi to my hostel, Compass Backpackers Hostel. I wish there was a larger social area, but it isn’t bad. Met a few cool Germans I ended up bunking with.

Day 2

I woke up at a bout 10am and got rolling around 11am. I don’t know what the heck was going on, but most of the morning all I heard was singing, chanting, and kids playing going on. Come to find out there is a school behind the hostel.

Now, I went to a let of Wats (Buddhist Temples). After seeing so many, burnout occurs!! The first one I visited was Wat Chiang Man. This is the oldest temple in Chiang Mai, built in 1296.

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The next stop was the Tree Kings Monument. It is the venue of the Kings birthday every December.

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Then the Wat Sadeu Muang

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Here is a nice picture from Wat Phabong.

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Wat Phra Singh has one of the most sacred images of the Buddha. It was constructed to house the ashes of King Pha Yu’s father. I found this temple to be very beautiful.

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At this point I needed a little R&R. I stopped by a park where a lot of people go, rent a mat, and relax for a bit. With the weather so nice, I did hang out for a little bit on a bench and take a break from all my walking.

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After a little relaxation, I headed back into the sun to the Chiang Mai Gate. I found the nose piece broke on my shades, so here I was able to find a shop to fix them up for me! From here I headed to Wat Jetlin. I’m not sure what this temple is all about, but it was the coolest hole-in-the-wall war I came across. Even if it is for this old face sculpture!

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Here is Wat Muentoom. This temple was built around 1478.

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The next great war I visited was

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Shortly after this point, I ran into a woman who gave me some insight about Myanmar. Hearing about the changes that are coming to bring in tourism, I wish I was going there now before all the BS. But, won’t make it this winter. After chatting it up, I grabbed a tuk-tuk to the Tiger Kingdom. I got to hang out with the tigers and take some pictures. If you ever make it here, I strongly recommend you going!

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After the Tiger Kingdom, I pretty much just headed back to the hostel a bit and then went to a bar to type this out! Tomorrow I am planning a little jungle trek. I guess I’l see how that goes soon enough, but first i have to watch the the Packers play the 49ers!

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