Danum Valley
Chiang Mai
Khao Yai
Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Our time in Chiang Mai was overshadowed by the terrorist attacks in the USA which occurred on our first night in the city. We ended up spending a lot of time watching CNBC (the only English-language station at the Westin) to glean what news we could of the events back home. It all seemed quite surreal, especially from the other side of the world. When we did go out, the people we met all expressed great sympathy and concern upon hearing we were from America. One tuk-tuk driver said "sorry for what happened on TV".

We did get a chance to visit several wats in the area, as well as take a day-long trip up to the Golden Triangle. We also went to the famous night market a couple times, taking the opportunity to hone our bargaining skills.

We spent much of our time in our hotel room watching news and reading the papers

These three-wheeled "tuk-tuk" taxis were common and cheap transportation

The moat and wall surrounding the old city

Numerous temples (or wats) such as this one can be found throughout the city

Buddha inside Wat Phra Singh

Ruins of Wat Chedi Luang

At temples, caged birds can be purchased, then freed for good karma

Long flight of stairs up to Wat Pra That outside Chiang Mai

Magnificent golden chedi in Wat Pra That

The "Golden Triangle", where Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar (Burma) meet

Kitchen inside a home of the Akha hilltribe in northern Thailand

Fields of green rice paddies cover the countryside

Copyright 2001 - Ann Mei Chang