We were picked up, with a new guide, to show us the local places in Chiang Mai. We drove up to the top of the city, a very very windy road, which takes you up to a large Wat, Wat Chendi Luang- no surprises there. The kids threatened us if we were to see anymore Wats after this. We promised, last Wat. The view was great but I personally had enough too. I did get to see my favorite Buddha though, the Happy guy.
The steps coming down gives you an idea of how large and how far up the Wat was. We took a pulled cable up.
There are groups of local kids hanging out trying to sell their wares. This kid was albino which our guide told is not so random from this particular tribe.
We bagged the rest of the Wats and went for the local trade. We saw lacquer work, umbrella making and celadon. The trades haven’t changed in 50 years.
We stopped by a local food stand on the street and had an excellent noodle lunch. The entire meal for all five of us including drinks was $5.
That was enough for the day. We went back and relaxed. It was Hanukkah, always important to carry a portable menorah.
We went out for dinner that night. Here is a picture of the kids walking over to the main lobby through the rice fields. Really gorgeous hotel.
We went to The House for dinner. Groovy colonial home, Moroccan vibe, next to a fantastic store called Ginger where we picked up a few goodies. Here is a picture of the bar.
After that, home for a good nights rest. More tomorrow.