Our first day in Chiang Mai, we rented a 100 cc motorycle/moped. It has been the best way to get around. We drove about 45 minutes up a large hill to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Rajvoravihara.
Holy relics were placed on the back of a white elephant. The elephant died of exhaustion in the area where the Wat was built. All this happened in the 1500’s. This is the Wat.
We sat in this room looking at all of the gold Buddhas until a monk ushered us over to sit in front of him. He splashed his holy water on us and chanted a Buddhist prayer. We think that he wished us good luck and a good life.
Then he tied a string bracelet on Rory’s wrist. He had to have a non monk tie one onto Danielle’s because monks are not allowed to touch women. People are supposed to wear pants, not shorts at the temple.
This is the view from Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Rajvoravihara overlooking the city of Chiang Mai.
There is a wall and a moat surrounding the square city of Chiang Mai. It was built 700 years ago to keep out the Burmese.We had dinner beside the river. $4 for both of us. 2 drinks, 2 entrees. An 80 year old woman was our hostess and waitress.