Before I leave on my two week exploritory trekk into Laos, let me give you a glimps of Chiang Mai....
|Once a walled city, Tha Phae Gate is the entrance to the old city of Chiang Mai.|
|The moat, the first line of defense, with the ancient wall being the second, continues to protect the old city and divides it from the new Chiang Mai.|
|Chiang Mai is a city filled with old stupas and Buddhist temples.|
|Enormous golden stupa, enshrining Buddhist relics (sacred figures, writings, bone fragments of highly respected monks) can be found at many of the Chiang Mai temples.|
|A city where the Phra Naga protects the entrance to the temples.|
|Elaborate Buddhist temples can be found nestled amoung the office and residential buildings throughout the city.|
|I found a garden restaurant, just a block from the Pagoda Inn where I'm staying. Fresh coffee from Laos, and the best Thai food I've ever eaten!|