After a few posts of where to eat and things to do. Today I would like to recommend the 5 MUST visit temples in Chiangmai. As an old city in Chiangmai, there are lots of temples. It’s not possible to visit all of them in a few days and guess you might not know which should be worth to visit or they might look all similar to you. I have posted a Secret Jungle Temple in Wat Pha Lat which is a little far away from the city. However the below were situated in the old city and it takes you only a few walks if you already in the city. Thus if you plan your trip in Chiangmai for only 3-4 days, it probably takes you 2 days to visit all of my recommended temples. So let me introduce the first MUST Visit Temple – Wat Lok Molee.
MUST VISIT TEMPLE #1 – Wat Lok Molee
Wat – Thai language means Temple. Wat Lok Molee is situated next to the busy street near northern Chang Phuak city gate. It was originally built in 1367 CE, the Mengrai Dynasty. Monks were used to spread their teachings in the temple and they were housed in here as well. Wat Lok Molee probably is the oldest temple in the city. The Wat is free for entry so doesn’t looks like a few temples which you have to pay. There were 2 elephants at the entrance gate, they seems like a guard to protect the Wat. The fine details of the elephant cravings was breathtaking.
When I was there it’s about 07:00 p.m and there’s no one but only myself. (well my hubby was being in foot massage as he have not interest at all!) Anyways, I enjoyed so much myself walking around this temple. The temple kept open until night and whole environment is so serene. There were 2 silver trees at entrance and believe that was like a wish tree as I found the notes on a silver leaf. I guess they wish one day the god might hear it and fulfill their needs?
Something you need to know before you step into the temple. You shall take off your shoes , and make sure you wear properly(short pants or sleeveness were not allow) and keep quiet while you were visiting in order to respect the buddha. There was huge, almost 4 ft tall gold buddha statue in the centre of the temple. The crafting was so beautiful and the whole environment was so peaceful and stunning. You can see how they respect the Buddha with such an amazing temple. Continue reading “MUST VISIT Temple in Chiang Mai – Wat Lok Molee”
After went to Chiangmai zoo, I then decided to go to the hidden temple – Wat Pha Lat (Wat Palad) . A Jungle temple which is closed to the zoo and you can either choose to hike by following the trail of the monks or you can take a car to arrive. As I’m not a good hiker so which would be better to take the ‘Songthaewsto’ – The Red Truck to this special hidden places.
Before I decided to visit this place, I have read the story behind and found it is so mysterious and attractive. There’s almost NO reason for me not to come! Personally I don’t really like to visit the very ‘Tourist’ place and a place where less tourist would find the peaceful and of course I can feel free to take beautiful pictures without any person in my shot. So let me tell you the story before I show you more beautiful pictures of this SPECIAL temple.
The Story of the Secret Temple
Wat Pha Lat also call the “Monastery at the Sloping Rock”, was originally a resting place for people while they are walking up to worship at Doi Suthep. This temple was constructed in around 1355. The King Kuena’s White elephant has stopped and rest in Wat Pha Lat whilst walking up the mountain for it’s journey to find a place for the holy temple. Finally the white elephant then died at the high up mountain – Doi Sutheo temple ( which the famous temple) and the King ordered people to construct a temple in the very first place where the white elephant died. Nevertheless, he also ordered to construct the 3 places where the white elephant took rest and Wat Pha Lat is one of the place. Those places were then considered as holy places. Also Wah Pha Lat is only a few kilometers to the famous one – Doi Sutheo temple.
There are always different kinds of travels, but I would prefer a more leisure, relax way on my trip after a busy days in office. There’s always some excuse to treat yourself better!
Continue of my trip in Chiang Mai. We went to a super romantic restaurant Dash! Teak House Restaurant.I have made a reservation in advance before we came. So after a full day sightseeing, exploring the old city we decided to spend our night in this traditional architecture restaurant.
You all deserve a little wanderlust
One thing you may aware, (if you have been in Chiangmai), there are always teak wood architecture everywhere. They call this Lanna style architecture of Northern Thailand. The Dash! Restaurant looks very traditional teak wood style. That’s also the reason why I chose to spend my night here. As we arrived a bit early, guess was around 6:30. It’s still bright and it’s too early to get dark. The location was easy to find and it wasn’t a tourist location.
There are lots of red lantern decorated all around the ceiling of each floors. It given the very strong asia feel architecture with the wooden roof. Since we didn’t made our request in the reservation so the waiter just brought us to the interior. There is a lovely garden so if you wish to sit outdoor, just make sure to tell them your request as I know they were very full and there are only few tables!
If you have ever did some research in web, you will find there are quite lots of Tea House in Chiang Mai. Continue my post in our Day 4 Trip yeterday, after visiting the zoo and Wat Pha Lat (will post this later). We took Songthaew (like Taxi but a Van) to Central Festival Mall. Actually the main store of Vieng Joom On isn’t in Central Mall. As my hubby wish to walk around the mall, then we just pop into Vieng Joom On as we haven’t plan to.
At first sight I thought they were selling tea only and not so much food but obviously I was wrong, they sell not only Tea bags, leaves and gift but also you can even enjoy your Tea time with this lovely, gorgeous pink national color of India environment. It almost seems like you went into the Palace of India. So let me bring you to have a look of the interior.
Once you get in, my eyes were fully attracted in their wall that full of huge tea Jars. I totally fall in love with the royal pink mixed with the victoria green and all the rose gold decoration. Actually I have went through their site as mentioned ‘Vieng’ means city and ‘Joom on’ means pink, thus that’s makes everything looks PINK in some reason. They started with the impression of the Pink city in India and Pink also represent love.
Continuing my Day 4 in Chiangmai. It seems like there are unlimited post to share as Chiangmai is really a lovely place with lots of beautiful places, restaurants and attractions to share. So today I would like to feature The Forest Cafe. We went there for our early breakfast before we head to the Chiangmai zoo. I browse lots of different special cafe for breakfast, if you have read my previous post of – Breakfast World , that’s the 2nd cafe/restaurant which I would highly recommend! Let’s see what make it such a special place to me!
The driver dropped us on the side road close to Ferm Forest Cafe, there is a huge green signage which I believe no one would miss. It’s almost like we are entering the secret garden of Alice in wonderland.
There’s a white vintage gate at the entrance, you can literally see the little white house at the end once you pass through this garden, I am so excited and happy when we arrived. The scenery is so fantasy and I think there shall be a white rabbit leading us to this breath taking cafe! (I might be over exaggerated but this is actually what I feel! haha)
Continue my trip in Chiangmai. This will be a long passage as I have too much to share! So we joined the cooking class from Thai Farm Cooking School. The teacher told us that there were actually more than 100 cooking schools in Chiangmai!! which is a bit unbelievable. So it’s really hard to pick the best one if you have not yet experienced. I just picked it randomly in google and also read the reviews from Trip advisor. Have seen that they are one of the best cooking school which have more than 14 years experience. Their price is a bit higher than others, it is about 1300 THB / person. However everything was worth and I think I have spent less than what they have been given. So let me tell you more in depth of what I have experienced!
We reserved in advance by emailing them from their web site ( will share later). As they only offer full day class from 08:30 -17:00. So if you don’t plan to spend a whole day, you have to look for another school which provide an alternative. As far as I know there are lots of school do offer half day! However as a full day class, it includes more than half day.
SP chicken – Don’t ask me what’s stand for SP as I have no idea. My hubby has requested to go to try one of the famous local restaurant in Chiangmai. Their roasted chicken is so famous and featured in different travel magazine. The location is a bit hard to find and the signage is not very obvious. It is only a little yellow square stand out from the iron house located in an old town.
Don’t expect this is a nice restaurant in terms of decoration, as it’s in an old town and there’s no air conditioner, thus flies might come on your dish but I guess this is something I expected. Anyways, they have 2 kind of sauces, one is sour sweet and the other is chili, so you can just pick your favor.
I haven’t share the hotel i stayed in my previous Chiangmai trip after i few post, so here you go! We chose to stay in ART MAI Nimman Hotel, as far as I know they opened only a couple of months. The hotel is very new! We got the offer from expedia around hk$600. I think that’s not pricey with such a 5 star hotel.
The location of the hotel is very convenience, it’s just a few blocks after the main street. The exterior was so cool and stylish decorated with different geometric lines.
When we made our check-in in the concierge, the staff brought us the lovely welcome drinks. The gradient purple and blue drinks looks so lovely! As we were a bit early to check in, so they have asked us take a seat and enjoy their welcome drinks. Also have tell us in advance the restaurant and facilities they have in the hotel. That was so warm and sweet.While we’re waiting for our room to be ready, we spent our time to the gallery next to the concierge. There are different artwork of local artist nicely displayed in the gallery and if you love to buy it, you do can! I guess this is something what they mentioned where Arts meet Style!
In the ROOM
When we were ready to get our keys, our room was in no.615 which is the Renaissance theme. There are different themes in each floor and were uniquely designed by Thai local designers. The room was simple but stylish. There was a easel in the room, I guess that’s part of the Renaissance theme. The ceiling and everywhere in the room was decorated in wooden strips and in a white look & feel. There was a black chandelier hanging above the table. I am not familiar with renaissance style but it looks really nice to me. The bathroom was big enough and have all the things you need. Also coffee, tea and 2 bottles of water are free.
We also enjoyed our breakfast in the hotel at lobby by the next morning. To be fair, there wasn’t lots of choices and I think there’s room to improve in regards of the food. However they do have good service.
So if you don’t want to stay in the traditional lanna style teak wood hotel and would like to try something new, modern and stylish. I guess Art Mai should me one of your choice in the list.
How to get there?
Address: 21 Soi 3, Nimmanhaemin Road, Muang, Chiang Mai
Ristr8to is a coffee shop in Chiangmai which specialized various coffee from different countries. I was attracted due to their skull coffee glass and of course with their great range of coffee selection. If you are not a coffee lover? No worries, they do also offer non-coffee drinks and sweets! Such as waffles and their Brazilian Cacao drinks.
Continue of my last Bangkok trip. I stayed in Grand Centre Point Hotel. The location is very good as it takes only 10 -15 minutes to Siam from skywalk. Also 5 mins to BTS. I made my reservation through Expedia from their special offer. It costs HK$2725 – 4 nights (2 persons)! So it’s around HK$680 /night include tax which I think is a good deal in such a convenient location.
I didn’t take photos at the lobby as haven’t thought of sharing my stay in blog. Anyways, the interior is a bit apartment feeling, not like normal hotel. However the interior do looks pretty nice! A bath tube with open wooden window and a balcony to enjoy such a beautiful night view in Bangkok.