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    Baan Tong Luang

    by rolphbronkhorst Written Jan 2, 2015

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    Approximate 40 minutes drive from the city centre brings you to Baan Tong Luand, a small Eco-Agricultural Village where you can see the life of hill tribe people such as Karen, the very famous as a long neck tribe.
    They sell a variety of hand made items and in the centre is a small restaurant / bar. Do not forget to visit the school.

    Unfortunately I do not have an exact address as it is remotely located, near a Elephant park, the best way is to book a tour or a ask the local taxi to bring you there.

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    Wat Loi Kroh

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This is a temple on Loi Kroh road, famous for its night life. The Wat has two very nice buildings with very ornate windows and architecture. The interior of the large temple has three beautiful blue carpets leading to an alter with a gold Buddha. Very beautiful inside and peaceful. This is one of the less traveled to Wats but worth a visit for the quiet and grounds.

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    Wat Phanthong

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    Another small Wat that is a little over grown. Seems to have much more vegetation around the grounds than other Wats I have visited. A nice place to escape the sun. It is also in a bit of disrepair. It is located on Loi Kroh road which is very popular for its night life but just an average area by day.

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    Wat Tung Yu

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This was another nice, small Wat to visit. I could not find much information about it. It does have a mix of modern improvements and some things in need of renovation. For example, the Chedi here is in disrepair and can use a fresh coat of paint. But the buildings are well maintained and the interior of the Viharn has a beautiful blue carpet which is a bit unusual compared to other Wat's I have visited in Chiang Mai.

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    Wat Si Koet

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    Wat Si Koet is a small temple near Wat Pra Singh. There is a sign on the outside of the temple for a massage school that spells the name Wat Si Goet. They are one in the same. The temple is quiet but it was a little difficult getting around as the temple is used as a parking lot. This is common with the smaller temple in Chiang Mai. Again, there is nothing very special here and you would not miss anything if you passed on by. I did like the entrance to the Viharn. While it does have the typical Naga's guarding the entrance, they are a softer color. Nice to see a change from the gold and red colors.

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    Wat Chai PhraKiat

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This is a small Wat located between the two larger temples, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra Singh. Nice to stop in Phra Kiat when walking between the two but not worth making a special trip just for this small temple.

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    Wat Phan On

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    While this is a small temple, it was one of my favorites. The temple was built in 1501. The chedi is a brilliant gold color with a small Buddha statue encased at the base. There is a large gong in front and several bells. Buddhist and tourists are welcome to ring the bells and hit the gong. Just be respectful. One ring or hit the the gong is sufficient.

    The temple seemed to be more ornate than others. The doors and windows have beautifully carved figures. Inside is a large golden Buddha. If you want to see several Wat's, this should be on of them. It was quiet and beautiful.

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    Wat Sun Pow

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This small Wat is located along the way I was traveling in the Old City and thought I would stop in. There is no fee and it is small. It does have a nice ornate Ubosot and a Buddha statue under a small pavilion next to the temple. It is easy for a quick look but if you are not into the temples, you are not missing much if you walk on by.

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    Wat Umong Mahathen Chan

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This a small temple with a unique Pagoda. On the grounds behind the Ubosot is a brick Pagoda. It is called the Tunnel Pagoda. It was designed for the monks to use fro walking meditation. Nice to see something different. However, this Wat does not have the elaborate and ornate temples of other Wat's even of similar size. It's free and worth a quick visit if you want to see the Tunnel Pagoda.

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    Street Art in the Old City

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    I was surprised to come across this alley with so much street art. I always find it interesting at the talent it takes to make these murals. They can be found on Ratvithi Road Lane 1 between Moon Muang Road 6 and Ratvithi Road.

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    Wat Baan Ping

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This is a small temple but has some wonderful buildings and ornate entrances. The entrance of the Ubosot (ordination hall) is guarded by two Naga (dragons). The Wihan (teaching hall is guarded by two mythical creatures I haven't seen before at other temples in Chiang Mai. A very quiet temple and the art work was fascinating. Some of the building here are new as there was a fire not too long ago. Reconstruction was completed in 2010.

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    Wat Dokkham

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This is a small temple near the Tha Phae Gate. It is undergoing some renovation and has a new chedi being constructed when I visited. As with many of the temples in Chiang Mai, there are several spellings for this one. I always go with the spelling that the Temple uses as the sign in front of the location.

    Again, as I found with many locations in Chiang Mai, Google map is WAY OFF on where the location is. Do not rely on Google map to find it. After passing through the Tha Phae Gate going west, turn right. Walk one block and turn left. This is where the temple is located.

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    Tha Phae Gate

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    Tha Phae Gate is part of the eastern wall of the old city in Chiang Mai. Built back in 1296 during the founding of Chiang Mai. Originally there was and outer and inner gate. The outer gate was named Tha Phae Gate while the inner gate was called Chiang Ruak Gate, which is the name of a nearby village. Over time, the outer gate was dismantled and the inner gate became known as Tha Phae Gate.

    Visitors used to be able to go on top of the gate but the access has been blocked off and this is not allowed anymore.

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    Wat Cheatawan

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This is another temple along Tha Phae rd. Very ornate as usual. What I liked at this temple were the very detailed doors entering the main temple. It is small but beautiful. The other thing to note here is that there is a sign marking the temple with the name "Wat Cheatawan" but if you research this on the internet or the Lonely Planet guide book it is spelled everywhere as "Wat Chetawan." They are one in the same. And on one of the town maps I had from my hotel it was spelled "Wat Chetuwan."

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    Wat Saen Fang

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 4, 2014

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    This is an older temple with a typical layout inside the gates. One Chedi and temple. Past the entry gate the walkway/road has two dragon serpents (Naga) on either side. At first glance the temple looks as if it is closed because of the gate. Not many people venture into to this Wat. But is a nice stop along Tha Phae Road.

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