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Chiang Mai part 1

From Udon Thani we flew to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. We had not visited for some 12 years so we were expecting to see a few changes. The town has grown enormously and extends way beyond the “old city” walls. For the first part of our stay we were based in a hotel outside the old city, and an easy walk to the night bazaar where we ate most evenings.

We went to visit Bhuping Palace and gardens which is the winter residence of the Thai royal family. Although you can’t visit the buildings you can wander round the gardens. We shared a golf-type trolley with some other visitors as the grounds are very extensive and include a magnificent collection of roses.

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2 statues in the garden, the half bird-half woman is a mythological creature called a kinnaree

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rather than cut the tree down entirely the trunk has been left and has been elaborately carved

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this rose is called black tea and it really was the colour of black tea, this photo doesn’t really do the colour justice

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this rose is called cocktail and was a very pretty pink-flowered climbing rose

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giant bamboo – you can see how tall they are in comparison with the lamp post.

From here we proceeded on to Wat Doi Suthep, probably the best known temple in the area.

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the little bronze bells hang under all the eaves and tinkle in the breeze. The penants depict signs of the Chinese zodiac

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gold stencil work on a red background

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a really kitsch garden complete with the thai equivalent of garden gnomes

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fruit and flowers of the jackfruit tree

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temple guardian

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coloured glass mosaic lion dog at the top of the naga staircase leading up to the temple

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the naga (serpent) staircase

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lotus blossom for sale at the entrance to the temple. The outer petals have been folded back on themselves so that they look as if they are origami flowers

We then visited the zoo where the highlights of the visit were the elephant and baby, the white tigers and a peacock which decided to display just as we went past as well as a giant panda and a couple of koala bears

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