Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Scottie & Chuman in Christ Church, moved here from elsewhere in Thailand. The tile roof and open sides made it cool with the water breezes.
Ceramics are a big industry in parts of Thailand, thus the boat load of pots in the middle.
Here are photos of the excursion shot by Srichan, our hostess.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Bhubing Palace is the royal winter residence on the mountainside to the west of Chiang Mai built in 1961. The residences for the royal family and for visitors are relatively modest, but refreshingly comfortable looking and the gardens are stupendous.
Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Rajvoravihara, according to legend, was founded when King Kuena (1355-1385) placed holy relics in a howdah on the back of a white elephant. The elephant carried the treasure up the high mountain to the west of Chiang Mai. Some say he turned around three times to indicate that this was the spot for the temple. Then, the elephant dropped dead from fatigue
The temple is famous for 306 steps bordered by a NAGA (dragon) balustrade. Fortunately, there's now a funicular to haul some of us up the steep mountain and back down again!
Friday, December 25, 2009
The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is one of their premier hotels, about 45 minutes outside the city with rice paddies and gorgeous mountain scenery all around. The Cooking School restaurant offered a scrumptious Christmas lunch buffet. The setting is an indoor-outdoor space with a terrace in the trees, where we sat. It was pleasant weather, not too hot, and lots of big families with all ages were surrounding us celebrating the day and engaging passersby in conversation. In particular, a couple from Altoona, PA had great stories to tell. As usual we were amazed at how small a world it really is. We loved it.