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Thailand, The Land of Smiles

July 14: Winding Down In Chiang Mai


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Now that we're in Chiang Mai, the structured, educational portion of our trip is winding down. Despite advice to the contrary, I know how our family operates, and we planned the true "R&R" portion of our trip at the end, not the beginning. So we started with daily guided adventures, moving rapidly through the countryside. Now we're staying in Chiang Mai, and we have just completed our last full day with our guide, Nat. We had an intriguing visit on our way down to Chiang Mai at a hot springs, which in typically industrious Thai fashion were being used to cook food for the locals and the tourists! Our day in Chiang Mai began with a visit to the magnificent temple at Doi Suthep, perched in a commanding location in the hills overlooking the city. There is a single, long staircase of over 300 steps leading to the temple, but it is well worth the climb. After our visit to the temple, we took a whirlwind tour through the factories of several of the notable handicrafts of Chiang Mai. We saw (and purchased liberally!) from jade, silk, celadon, lacquerware and umbrella factories. The prices were quite good, and the quality and selection excellent. One must be careful with the street merchants here, so it's reassuring visiting the sources for these famous Thai goods. Finally, we were treated to a lovely dinner and show featuring the native dance and music of the northern Thais.
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At a hot springs on the road to Chiang Mai, we stopped to see the searing hot waters. Here a small basket of eggs, freshly boiled in the hot water, is hoisted out of one of the hot pools.
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Some of the eggs available for purchase from the hot springs merchants
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Here we are at the base of the 300+ steps leading to the Doi Suthep temple in Chiang Mai
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Samuel, one of our two intrepid videographers
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Doi Suthep is notable for its collection of bells, given as offerings by those who have encountered good fortune that they attribute to blessings received at the temple.
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Doreen, radiant on vacation
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An inspiring collection of Buddhas at Doi Suthep
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This Doi Suthep monk delivered water blessings to those who asked
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A unique quartz (?) Buddha at Doi Suthep
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The view of Chiang Mai from the Doi Suthep temple
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One of the small chapels at Doi Suthep
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This adorable character was awaiting his master's return, and undoubtedly he was positioned well to be alerted to his return.
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An artisan carving Jade into an elephant figurine
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Silk ready for the loom
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Silk threads on the loom
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Here is where the wep and waft come together in the distinctive way that gives Thai silk its unique textures
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A potter's wheel as the craftsman forms the lid for a celadon pot
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A woman assembles a hand-made umbrella
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Sam and Max, delighted to have their first pizza of the trip...thank you, Nat!
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A dancer at the Khan Toke restaurant dinner show
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The dancers' reputation for grace and beauty is well-deserved
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One of the little entertainers at the dinner show
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A hilltribe ritual dance for the rice harvest
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