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:
Katie is the coolest crutch-wielding scooter rider in town.
The stairs leading to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.
You can ring my bell.
Mean and green.
A golden umbrella.
A line of golden Buddhas.
Even the back of the Wat Phra That Doi Suthep temple is beautiful.
The serpentine stairs to the bottom.
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:
Wat Phra That Mae Yen
Behind every great Buddha, there's great scaffolding.
Katie looks out over Pai.
The Pai River runs through – you guessed it – Pai!
The Great Wall of Yunnan.
We also made a journey to a re-creation of the Great Wall:
The courtyard of the Great Wall (complete with ying-yang).
Behold the Wall!
Those are Beijing palms.
Finally, we caught the train from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. The journey was long, but once again beautiful.
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!