A 45 minute ride through the city, up a winding road and then 300 steps (way to many for this 50-year-old to climb) and I was on a mountainside perch overlooking the City of Chiang Mai from the temple of Wat Phrathat. Behind me was the temple with a huge golden chedi (spire), within which lie some holy Buddha relics. I am not sure what the relics are, but they must be good because they are a shit load of people here with me!
Like so many of the temples in Thailand this one had lots of stall selling trinkets and little places to eat at the base of the steps. I found small place down one of the alleyways for a lunch of rice and fried vegetables. Unlike any other place I have been so far on this trip there were people selling little strawberries with sugar everywhere – Maggie you would have love them and they were sweet and cheap!
Any visit to this city would be incomplete without stopping by this temple and the night market!