Chiang Mai - August 27th to 29th 2016

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Chiang Mai is a city with temples at every corner! It is very touristic but still has a lot of charm. The old city is surrounded by a square wall and laid out in small streets where cute restaurants, craft outlets and cosy guesthouses have grown.

We arrived in Chiang Mai by train from Phitsanulok. The trip starts in the middle of rice fields, and as we go North, mountains appear on the horizon. At that time I fell asleep and when I woke up, the train was already struggling to ascend the railtrack in the middle of the forest. This trip was the most scenic train route we did during our crossing of Thailand. It was also the last one as the train does not go Norther than Chiang Mai…

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Mountains and rice fields

During two days, we wandered in the streets of Chiang Mai, mostly visiting temples! On Sunday, a big part of the old city becomes free from cars and full of food stalls and crafts.

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Wat Phrathatsrijomtong
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People put coins in the jar to have good fortune
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Wat Suan Dorg
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Wat Phan Tao completely made in teak wood
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Inside Wat Phan Tao
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Bells outside Wat Phan Tao

In terms of food (we cannot write an article without talking about it!), we discovered the blue sticky rice!! It is sticky rice (a specific sort of rice that is cooked in a basket to become very sticky) which is colored in blue thanks to a flower, the butterfly pea. It is served with mango and coconut milk. It is one of our favorites!

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The blue sticky rice

We also ate Green curry again and again!

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Green curry at Mamory Delicious

And for our last evening, we rented a scooter to go and see the sunset on the top of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep which dominates the city.

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Beautiful view of Chiang Mai
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Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
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Emerald buddha in Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

The next day, we took again the road, heading to Chiang Rai by bus to reach our last destination in Thailand, a Buddhist temple where we are going to spend a few days!

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