It’s our last day in Chiang Mai but we had almost a day to spend before leaving. What did we do? We went for a half day tour to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, a favour temple in Chiang Mai. It cost us about 450 BAHT.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is a temple located at the hill top. Hence, the temperature is a bit lower. But don’t have to worry that it’s chilly because it’s not. Do remember to wear long pants if you are planning to head there because the guides are very particular about it. It’s a form of respect to the god.
When we alighted from the van, we took a cable car up to the temple. There’s an alternative way and that is to walk up the long staircase. Wanna stay healthy? Take the stairs. Haha.
While waiting for the cable car
While waiting for the cable car
The staircase that I was talking about
It’s a nice temple. I am someone who doesn’t know how to appreciate temples so I can’t comment much on it. After visiting a few, you will realise they are all the same. If you have limited time and would want to visit some temples, I would recommend you to visit this. One is enough.
Prayed for good health. I guess that’s the most important thing. We took about 45 minutes to tour around the temple. Gathered back at the meeting point and walked down the long staircase to our van.
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep
The last destination was a small village. Again, I can’t remember the name of the village. That’s the problem with following tour. The village has a very nice view. In that village, people are allowed to rent some tribe costume. Quite a lot of people went around with the costume on. Initially, I thought they stay in the village until they started talking.
The granny that looks like someone who stays in the village 🙂
The cute girls
The tiny garden
Surrounded by the flowers
That’s the end of the tour. We returned back to our hotel at about 1230PM. There’s still plenty of time left before heading to Sukhothai so we went to lunch with the Chinese couple. Hotel counter staff recommended us eat at the Thai Cafe next to Macdonald Building. The cafe is called ‘The Kitchen’. We ordered Tom Yum, Pineapple Rice, Khao Soi and Pad Thai. Out of the 4 dishes, only Khao Soi was good. There were too much herbs in the pineapple rice, tom yum soup was too plain, pad thai was too salty. So if you ever head there for lunch or dinner, just order Khao Soi. That’s the speciality in Chiang Mai.
Pineapple Rice and Tom Yum
3 more hours left before our journey to Sukhothai. We went to chill at a cafe near our hotel. It’s called Cafe De Siam. We ordered Banana Split and Thai Ice Tea. The Banana split don’t taste good because they used cheap ice cream. The Thai Ice Tea was not bad but it’s very very sweet. As usual, let the ice melt before drinking.
Banana Split and Thai Ice Milk Tea
After chilling, it’s about time for us to head to the bus terminal. We took a van taxi to the bus terminal. It’s cheaper as compared to taking car taxi. The van taxi only cost us 30 for one person from our hotel to the bus terminal. It’s quite safe to travel by the van taxi. We got the bus once we reached the bus terminal. The bus left the bus terminal at 1730. Time to bid Chiang Mai goodbye and say hello to Sukhothai.
Our bus ticket
For a 6 hour journey, the bus seat was really uncomfortable. It’s just like a normal public transport. I am not too sure if they have the coach like kind of bus from Chiang Mai to Sukhothai. We didn’t ask either because they probably won’t understand. If you know Thai, do check with the counter staff because the one we took is really very squeezy…
GOODBYE CHIANG MAI!