So we travelled by train overnight to Chang Mai. Our attendant Sammy was excitable and very helpful and so pleased to have his photo taken. The picture shows the layout of the train. Not uncomfortable just freezing because of the air conditioning.
Our first day we marched out into Chang Mai and drank a recommended and over-priced coffee, by normal Thai stanards. We headed for our first Wat. The biggest and the most illustrious we could find. On the way we saw another, covered in old wood and looking inviting.
No, firmly on towards our goal, the grand big Wat, and then James decided he was hungry so I took one picture from the outside and we went and ate at a Thai restaurant across the road. The wooden roof of the smaller Watt caught my eye again and so after food and a chat we decided between us to go back to the smaller temple. The following pictures show how delightful it was.
And pull back and the whole interior comes into view, far less austere but still a place for reverance and contemplation.
The birthday buddhas to which you pray to the buddha for the day of your birth. Only two shown in this photo but there are eight, two for Wednesday.
And outside the red umbrellas, here is a detail.
There is more to come and we never made it to the larger Wat. Smaller is sometimes more accessible.