Enchanting Elephants at Wat Pha Lat

About half way up Doi Suthep mountain,  just west of Chiang Mai, is a serene temple built on top of a sloping rock surrounded by trickling streams and waterfalls called Wat Pha Lat. Amongst the various temple buildings is lush greenery, colourful native flowers and numerous statues embellished with moss. Here is only a small sample of the photos I took, highlighting the elephants that have found their way to this tranquil setting. Continue reading

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Dancing with Elephants

One of the best sanuk activities to do when visiting northern Thailand is to go to one of the elephant training camps. There are two main parks in the region: the first is very close to Chiang Mai called Mae Taeng Elephant Park and the second is located just before the city of Lampang, about 1.5 hours drive south of Chiang Mai called the Thai Elephant Conservation Center (TECC), founded in 1993 under Royal Patronage. TECC is  known for its pioneering work in conservation and science. The TECC also proudly houses six of HM King Bhumibol’s ten white elephants in the Royal Elephant Stables. Continue reading

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Wat Ket Temple and Museum

Wat Ket is located directly across the Ping River from the Flower Market in Chiang Mai’s central market area. A small walking bridge across the river makes easy access to this peaceful and atmospheric ancient temple. The date of its construction is unknown but it is believed to be between 500 – 600 years old. Continue reading

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Chiang Mai’s Chinese Muslim Market

Known by the local name of Kad Chin Haw, the Chinese Muslim farmers’ market comes alive every Friday morning between 6 am and lunch time. It’s located in an empty lot next to an old northern Thai teak house, opposite the oldest mosque in Chiang Mai. Continue reading

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Chiang Mai Salsa: Nam Prik Num


One of my favourite Northern Thai dishes is Nam Prik Num (น้ำพริกหนุ่ม). This is a popular chili paste dip, made from young chilies called prik num (Northern Thai dialect).

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Hue’s Heavenly Lady Pagoda

The national symbol of Hue is the Thien Mu Pagoda (“Heavenly Lady Pagoda”). Built in 1601, it is one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam. Located on the north bank of the Perfume River in Hue, a few miles SW of the Imperial Citadel, the pagoda stands 7 storeys high making it the tallest in country. Continue reading

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The Imperial Citadel of Hue

Hue, the city of imperial palaces and tombs, is on most travellers’ itineraries when they visit Vietnam. The city’s most famous attraction is the ancient Imperial Citadel and the Imperial Enclosure within. The citadel is the home of Vietnam’s last royal dynasty, the Nguyen Dynasty (1802 – 1945). Continue reading

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