Sunday, 20.02.2011

We hailed a songthaew (kind of pick-up taxi) at Chang Puak Gate on the north wall, which brought us to the temple on Doi Suthep mountain.

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a Buddhist temple equally favoured by tourists and pilgrims.
A long stairway, flanked by nagas, leads from the parking area with its many souvenir and food stalls up to the temple.

the stairs to the temple

naga with hill tribe girl

monks in the temple court

Buddha statuettes - each for one day of the week

also non-Buddhists can get a blessing

the golden Chedi

incredibly flexible temple dancers

In the afternoon we visited some temples we had spotted on our drive back to town.

a temple guardian (Yak) and...

... white elephants watch over the entrance to Wat Lok Mo Li

the ancient looking Chedi

Wat Mornthean

naga on the stairs

a giant Buddha

Today it was very hot, and so we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing and reading in the garden and on our nice terrace.

fruit shakes are perfect for cooling down


In the evening we visited the weekly street market - Sunday Walking Street - which is held every Sunday on Ratchadamnoen Road between the western and eastern city gate. One can find food on every corner and there are a lot of market booths with many different goods.

sizzling, cooking, pounding everywhere...

... but where to begin?

scrambled eggs in banana leaves

many guests, both Thai and tourists

crowd on the main street

banana leaf hats

We had booked a cooking course at Thai Farm Cooking for the next day. =>

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