This morning I set out with Jason, an American friend met in Chiang Mai, to visit quiet, lovely Wat Pha Lat. The trip involved a gentle 45 minute climb up to the temple complex. Wat Pha Lat is in fact on the road up the mountain to the larger, better known and more visited Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, which is sort of the center piece of Thailand’s Doi Suthep – Pui National Park in the mountains to the west of Chiang Mai. But it was nice to come at this smaller temple on foot, getting some exercise in the process.
Although Wat Buppharem was established over 500 years ago when Chiang Mai was still at the center of a northern Thai kingdom, the wat’s largest structure pictured here, the Dhamma hall, was completed in 1996.
Two monks are taking a good look at some cut flowers in the Warorot Market area of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
And if you stray from the Path, you get to listen to Eagles soundtracks for your entire stay at the Hotel California. A fate worse than …… well, I’m not coming up with anything off hand. Fortunately for them, these monks have nothing to worry about.
Wat Panping is one of the many small wats in the Old City of Chiang Mai.
These women are taking it easy on a warm day at Wat Lam Chang in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
This stupa stands in Wat Muen Lan, a small temple in the eastern part of Chiang Mai’s Old City.
Thai Buddhism sees elephants as auspicious; this elephant statue stands at the entrance of a wat in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Wat Saen Mueang Ma Luang is one of the many Buddhist sites in Chiang Mai’s Old City. I love the elephant off to the left.