Adelaide AirportAugust 18, 2007 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C
And home again...
And home again...
A visit to Chiang Mai would be incomplete (we were told) without a visit to Doi Suthep Temple.
Although pretty much "Templed out" by this time we decided to take a look, and were really glad we did! Not your average Temple, this one is perched on top of a mountain, and even offers a lift for those not wishing (or able) to climb the 7 million steps.
Lots to see up at the top, including local dancers and singers. Quite an experience! VERY popular with tourists though :)Read more
Another drive, this time to Maesa Elephant Camp, where we got to see the elephants at work and play. Mixed feelings about the elephants being kept in captivity, but they certainly seemed to be loved and well cared for. They are just beautiful :)
An hours flight and we were in Chiang Mai, which used to be the capital of Thailand.
We loved Chiang Mai! Dani did a cooking course, and there were markets and cafes and all sorts of interesting stuff! Great place!
Another couple of days exploring Bangkok included a visit to a Butterfly Garden
Evidently they DO grow on trees?
Today we drove back up toward Hellfire Pass to visit a Tiger Temple (having forgotten about it the previous day).
After leaving the Museum, we drove to spot which was made famous by the movie "Bridge over the River Kwai", where we played "dodge the train".
Coming back from Hellfire Pass we spent time in the Memorial Museum. Fascinating, but a bit depressing and morbid.. The Cemetaries were beautifully maintained.
The next day we took a long drive, out to Hellfire Pass, where numerous atrocities were committed against Allied and Asian troops by the Japanese in the name of building a supply railway.
A very sobering experience, the atmosphere was thick with memories, and it was difficult not to become emotional. A dear uncle of mine (Ray) was held captive here for several years.Read more
We next visited the Ancient City of Muang Boran in Samut Prakan.
Very cool and buddhist :) and very pretty too.