On our last full day in Chiang Mai, we enjoyed a parade before going up to Doi Suthep to see one of the north’s most sacred temple. The road was steep with many curves. Half way up, we spent time in a quiet temple. Our friend told us that not too many people knew this place. I am happy to say that we stopped to see it . It was a good place for photography and it had a feel of peace .
… and then we arrived to the main temple , walked up 306 steps to get to that busy place with many tourists. This place is over 600 years old and if you go to Chiang Mai you will want to see it.
We saw some little kids playing on the steps. They were wearing traditional costume of the Hmong tribe.
The Hmong are an ancient tribal people whose origins are something of a mystery. With no written script of their own, they have preserved their history through tribal traditions and folklore, but the identity of their ancestral homeland has been irrevocably lost in time and translation. It is known only that they traveled through ‘a land of dry sands and of cold and snow’ and ‘a land six months light and six months dark’, to Mongolia and southern China. Today, most remaining Hmong are still concentrated in remote, mountainous regions of southern China, but they can also be found in Burma, Laos and Thailand.
We had to say good bye to our friend Fred. More travel days were ahead of us. I will now post about what we did after we left Thailand. Thanks again for reading.