The Naga Staircase at Wat Phra That Soi Duthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Photo by: Akuppa, Creative Commons
Chiang Mai is Thailand’s Rose of the North is an epitome of nature’s work. The whole area is mostly composed of Buddhist temples and wildlife reservoirs. However, you might also take in consideration that not all the temples can be photographed. So, when you are there, always remember to ask permission to its warden before doing anything.
Wat Chiang Man, the oldest temple in the country. When you visit the sacred monastery, remove your shoes and be clothed properly. The monks are the ones you will encounter inside so might as well give you these useful tips. For women, you should not have physical contact with the monks in any way. Shaking their hands is also prohibited to men and women alike. The greeting is usually done by placing both hands over the face while doing a slight bow which they call as Wai.
If you don’t want to visit the temples, there will still be a place for you and that is at Chiang Mai Zoo. Situated in a hilly terrain with thousands of flowers as its setting together with scenic waterfalls and valleys, this place is truly irreplaceable. Over 7000 animals can be seen here. Birds range from 4500-5000 in numbers, almost 500 mammals, 218 kinds of reptiles and 1100 fishes. Touring around the place will starve you. Good thing there are small snack stands and restaurants that can give you a scrumptious meal. The Elephant Camp in Tapae Road is also a must-see location. This is the place where you can see the largest mammal play your favorite sport, football or paint abstract pictures like professionals. You can also ride at its back at any time you like.
The city is also proud of the mountain-bounded Huay Tung Tao Lake. This 700-year old city has never lost its brilliance over the years. While traversing the lake, you can spot almost thousands of Buddha images and small market place full of Thailand crafts. You can also swim through the crystal waters or do bird-watching when you want to.
Chiang Mai is a special place to visit. Don’t wait, it has been waiting for you since the day it was discovered.