Tuesday 6th November 2012
30.10.2012 - 26.11.2012 28 °C
We were slightly unlucky today as we had booked a taxi to take us to the Temple at Doi Suthep the mountain that dominates the town. It is 1,600 metres high and today sadly it was in the clouds so when we were at the top we could not see the 'wonderful' views promised. The drive there though was interesting as we drove through parts of Chiang Mai we hadnt seen. Chiang Mai university, a very wealthy looking campus with fabulous gardens was a high point and the vegetation generally was very lush with exotic looking huge flowers on many of the trees. Trip Adviser and Lonely planet list this temple as a 'must see' but we found it very crowded and disappointing. Unfortunately we had to take our shoes off right at the entrance and this caused Tony some pain. We were then taken to see a silk factory which was interesting but after that we said we wanted to go back to the hotel but the driver asked if we would mind going to the silver factory, the painted umbrella factory, the leather factory and the carpet factory so that he could get a stamp at each! For every car load of tourists he gets a stamp and after ten stamps he gets something special! We were unable to find out what!! We had to pretend to look interested and by then were rather bored. We went back to the hotel and Tony had a swim in the tiny pool. It was freezing apparently so I didn't bother. I decided to go off and explore Chinatown and the flower market while Tony had another massage. This time he just went round the corner from the hotel. It was really hot in town but it is not at all threatening and I felt very safe wandering around by myself.
This evening we went to the night market and had food in one of the very busy restaurants called Ping Ping. There was a good mix of Thais and tourists eating and a good atmosphere.