There are some great places to eat in Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai Breakfast World was my favorite place to get breakfast. It has a nice outdoor terrace where you can dine under the shade of trees. It’s the Thai take on a German beer garden and you know from my journey in Europe that I am a big fan of those.
If you ever make it to Chiang Mai, this place is highly recommended.
My belly full, I spent another full day chasing down temples across town. Wat Chedi Luang was the first stop. It’s a historic temple complex built in the late 1300’s. The complex is large, with several large temples, crumbling with age. Many golden Buddha statues are hidden in the alcoves and small buildings.
Next up was Wat Phra Singh. It is one of the most beautiful temples in Chiang Mai. The chedi are adorned in gold leaf that glistens in the midday sun.
Next to the statue was a line of Buddhist monks who were still in meditation. Or so I thought. As I got closer I realized they were actually lifelike wax figures that are so real they border on creepy.
The last stop of the day was a small temple I just stumbled across as I was heading home.
In Europe I got church fatigue. After visiting a half dozen they all pretty much seemed the same. I stopped going inside unless it was something special.
The same can be said for temples in Thailand. Although each of them was unique enough to keep me interested, by the time my visit was over I think I’d seen all the temples I needed to. And there were probably a dozen more I never visited.