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Photo Friday: Chiang Mai

TGIF!  Yes it’s time for some more awesome snapshots from our travels, this time from our current location of Chiang Mai, Thailand.  As you will have seen from our recent post, we are staying in an apartment and will be here until the end of this month.

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We have had a great time so far exploring the narrow streets of the Old City, sampling the hundreds of food options on offer, and hiking up through humid jungle terrain to reach Wat Phra Tat Doi Suthep.

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These three gentlemen are King Mengrai, King Ramkamhaeng and King Ngam Muang.  Located in the centre of the old walled city, this monument honours the three kings who were responsible for founding the city of Chiang Mai in 1296.

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We found this beautiful and vibrantly decorated room in one of the Wat’s in the Old City. (we can’t remember which so you’ll have to explore – p.s. women aren’t allowed in here)  Just look at those colours!

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We love the effect that these red umbrellas create, just outside a group of restaurants in the Old City.

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We love this view of a small local market in the evening, taken against the backdrop of Doi Suthep.  This is our ‘go to’ place for banana and egg rotee – yummy!

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After a successful, if sweaty and sticky hike up the Monk’s Trail, we arrived at Wat Phra Tat Doi Suthep – one of most sacred temples in Northern Thailand.  The Golden Chedi is the main “attraction” here and we loved capturing it from this view.

Now, as you know, Photo Fridays normally consist of the top five photos from our time in a given place.  However, we’ve been here over two weeks now and have taken butt loads of photos, so five just isn’t enough.  As a special treat, here’s a few bonus pictures!

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About a third of the way up the Monk’s Trail, on the way to Wat Phra Tat Doi Suthep, is the serene and tranquil Wat Phalad.  The grounds surrounding this little monastery are beautiful.

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Sitting on the rocks of a gentle stream waterfall at Wat Phalad, afforded an amazing viewpoint over the city.  This was some much needed rest and reflection time, to ready us for the next part of our trek up Doi Suthep.

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This lovely looking stretch of water is the canal that runs all the way around the outside of the square, Old City.  When the fountains spray and the sun shines (rarely) it can look quite pretty, despite the muddy colour of the water.

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And finally…this is probably one thing you didn’t expect to see in Chiang Mai, neither did we!  Wat Buppharam in the Old City contains a temple with a little surrounding garden.  The garden has sculptures of all kinds including various animals and Donald Duck!

Have you been to Chiang Mai before?  What were your highlights? Have we missed any golden photo opportunities?  Get in touch in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you.  Love C and D x

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Photo Friday: Big Trees, CA

One of the things that we love about the US is their tendency to name things as they are. Some examples that Brits will understand are sidewalk (pavement), flashlight (torch) and washcloth (flannel).

This trend is evident in naming places too – Mike’s Pizza is a Pizzeria, Kelly’s Drug Store sells cosmetics and fills prescriptions.

Last weekend we visited the aptly named Big Trees. Featuring a whole load of big trees.

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