Good bye Chiang Mai, Bangkok’s little sister in the North.

Outside one of the Wats

Outside one of the Wats

I spent lots of time simply wandering through the streets of the old city, a square section with an actual moat running all the way around, but no real walls to speak of.   Compare to Bangkok’s 9 million people this place was much easier to navigate.  Lots of ancient temples (Wats) and Buddha statuesP1040616 scatter throughout the city mixed in with places to eat, shop and book excursions, all and all very touristy.  Come to think about it that is the one thing I did not like about this place too many tourists! That said I really enjoyed my time in Chiang Mai.  P1040608Other than the few hours of rain my first night the weather was actually cool for Thailand standards, this was a welcome change.

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You have to be kidding me – check out this for one of the temples?

Please give us cash !!!

Please give us cash !!!

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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