The “Cold” Northern Capital

Our next stop was Chiang Mai. According to a write-up in a local museum, Thailand’s northern capital has a “very cold climate” with average lows of 20°C, and average highs only reaching about 32°C through the year. (I know, right?)

We arrived nearly a week ago, intending to stay only a few days. Since then, we’ve been sucked in by the friendly faces and the relaxed atmosphere. Cheap Thai massages and delicious food haven’t hurt either! By a bit more luck, we also met up with Doro, the same friend we spent New Year’s Eve with in Beijing. 🙂

We arrived just in time for Chiang Mai’s anual Flower Festival, complete with an extensive parade, beauty contest, and amazing floral displays.

Chiang Mai has its own collection of Wats, or temples, scattered around the city. We found this one nestled in a courtyard in the Old City.

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