On our last day in Chiang Mai, we decided to get some exercise. We have been sitting on busses and planes and trains so much, we felt like slugs. So after a fabulous but very garlicky breakfast at the Lonely Planet-recommended Blue Diamond restaurant,
We hoofed it over to a mountain bike rental place and rented some not great mtbs and headed out in the heavily trafficed main road to climb a mountain.
Oh my hell it was hot, and humid, and the cars and taxis were belching exhaust at us. But drivers were friendly, people were cheering us on, and as we climbed and climbed about 3000 feet, the temperature dropped to a slightly tolerable level.
Finally, we reached the destination, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. There were SO many tourists! After you waded through the stands and hawkers, you climbed 306 steps to the wat.
And then paid an entrance fee and renting skirts before being allowed entrance to the wat. But holy wow, what an impressive site!
Some people were worshipping, I think.
Drew rang the big bells.
An amazing wooden carving.
And got back on the bikes for another 4km to the Bhubing Palace. It was a major tourist attraction focused solely in the gardens.
Some water reservoir
And GIANT bamboo!!!
We enjoyed the sites and headed down.
We chilled out for a little while and then headed out for some food. We were really hungry but finally found a cheap but nice place to grab some food.