Northern Thailand Highlights

Picture of Katie.

Katie stands over Chiang Mai.

As many of you know, last year Katie tore her Achilles' tendon while playing frisbee in China. During her lengthy recovery, we managed to squeeze in a trip to northern Thailand. Chiang Mai and Pai were beautiful places; I'd love to go back some day. For us, one of the highlights of Chiang Mai was renting a scooter and driving to a temple above the city. Here are some photos:

Picture of Katie.

Katie is the coolest crutch-wielding scooter rider in town.

Picture of stairs.

The stairs leading to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.

Picture of gong.

You can ring my bell.

Picture of Buddhas.

Golden Buddhas.

Picture of green Buddha.

Mean and green.

Picture of umbrella.

A golden umbrella.

Picture of Buddhas.

A line of golden Buddhas.

Picture of temple.

Even the back of the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple is beautiful.

Picture of tiles.

Love tags.

Picture of stairs.

The serpentine stairs to the bottom.

Picture of dude.

A meditating dude.

Later, we went to the small town of Pai, which had another temple with an amazing view. Crutch-walking up the stairs was a huge accomplishment in Katie's recovery. Here's a little video I made:

Picture of Buddha.

Wat Phra That Mae Yen

Picture of scaffolding.

Behind every great Buddha, there's great scaffolding.

Picture of Katie.

Katie looks out over Pai.

Picture of river.

The Pai River runs through – you guessed it – Pai!

Picture of wall.

The Great Wall of Yunnan.

We also made a journey to a re-creation of the Great Wall:

Picture of wall.

The courtyard of the Great Wall (complete with ying-yang).

Picture of wall.

Behold the Wall!

Picture of palms.

Those are Beijing palms.

Finally, we caught the train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. The journey was long, but once again beautiful.

Picture of train.

The train to Bangkok (don't miss it!).

During the train to Bangkok.

I would recommend Thailand for travelers with any level of experience. It's laid-back and safe, and the scenery is gorgeous. I can't wait to get back and explore the southern half of the country!

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