April 30, 2016
If you can’t tell by now, I absolutely am in love with Chiang Mai. I could live here. My boyfriend has been told this numerous times now, and I’m not sure if I’m being serious or not about relocating (kidding…kind of).
Today we had an organized tour to Doi Inthanon National Park, which is about an hour and a half from Chiang Mai. Doi Inthanon has the largest peak in Thailand, reaching 2,565 meters above sea level.
On the way there, our tour stopped at the Wachirathan Waterfall, which has a viewing bride to stand on. Of course, being the good law abiding citizens we are, we snuck under the bridge, climbed over a giant log, climbed up a few boulders, and ended up right at the base of the waterfall. It was definitely worth my giant slip in the mud to get this view.
Our next stop was another waterfall, the Siritam Waterfall. We couldn’t get quite as close, but managed some good pictures.
Next up was the Karen Hilltribe, a group of people indigenous to Burma who relocated to the Thai mountains about 300 years ago. It was a quick glimpse into rural village life, where the weaving of cotton clothing/scarves and growing of rice are the two main ways the village survives. Interestingly, they are a Christian tribe, as they were converted by missionaries a few hundred years ago.
Last was the greatest part of our whole day – the two pagodas on the top of Doi Inthanon. Built by the military as a gift to the Thai King and Queen, the two pagodas life at the top of bright, vibrant, and peaceful gardens. You can meander through the flowers, and climb up to the top of both pagodas for an aerial view of the mountains below. As of now, it’s a toss up between the Chiang Mai Canyon and these pagodas for the most beautiful scenery yet in Thailand. I’ll let you be the judge.