When you visit another country whether for pleasure or mission it is a good idea to absorb the culture.
In Chiang Mai, Thailand there is plenty of culture to take in.
We got up and had a delicious breakfast to give us energy for the day.
We headed out in a Songthaew which is the Thai version of public transportation or a taxi. It is basically red pickup truck with a topper with benches in the bed to sit on.
Our first stop was a beautiful waterfall just past the Chiang Mai Zoo. The walk up to the waterfall was mild and shaded. Once you got to the base of the fall there were some trails that led up further for better vantage points.
After the falls we climbed back in the Songthaew to venture higher into the mountains for our next stop. We stopped along the way and ate lunch. Lunch was provided by street vendors set up at along a roadside picturesque vantage point where you could see all of Chiang Mai below.
The vendors had various meats, from ribs, pork on a stick, sausages and my favorite was the thick cut pork belly grilled on an open fire.
There were also various fruits, some recognizable, some unique but all we tried were delicious.
Once we all ate, we climbed back in the truck and headed up to the temple higher up the mountain.
Doi Suthep Temple has two ways to get to it. Take an elevator up to the temple or climb the stairs. Most of us elected to take on the stairs.
Once we made it to the top, we all separated and went our own ways to explore the temple and all it offered.
It was interesting to observe the customs of the Buddist within their own temple. The view of Chiang Mai from the temple was breathtaking.
When we walked back down the stairs from the temple we headed into a street market. Some were able to find local wares to bring home.
The trip back to our hotel was a bit longer due to traffic. We ate dinner at another local restaurant as a group that evening. After dinner we split up and some went into the market for more shopping, thai massages, while the rest headed back to the hotel to turn in.
It was a gorgeous day of Thai culture mixed with heat, mosquitos, and a refreshing rain to cool us off in the evening.
We are heading to one of the homes where some of the children stay this morning to do some painting and work on a fencing project. Stay tuned for more of our journey.