Canals & Temples
Trip Start May 13, 2008
15Trip End Jun 28, 2008
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We reached the canal and boarded the boat. The "cruise" was interesting and we saw quite a bit of the city and the local way of life. At one point we were approached by a banana peddler on a boat
After our canal tour we stopped to see the giant reclining Buddha. Housed inside one of the many Wats (or temples) this Buddha is a huge attraction for both tourists and buddhists. Our group covered our arms (which in the sweltering heat was not fun) before entering the temple. The air was heavy with insense and the the sound of peoples prayers - being that this was a Buddhist holiday our guide explained that there were more people there than typical. The buddha itself was awe-inspiring, but the overall feel was very commercial and not what I expected to find at a buddhist temple. Inside the temnple, along the wall, were several bowls lined up. We each donated a small amount in exchange for a handful of coins. The people believe that if you make a wish as you drop a coin into each of the bowls that your wish will come true....so I gave it a shot and I guess we'll just have to see what happens :)
We headed back to the hotel, gathered our belongings and departed to the train station to catch our overnight train to Chaing Mai....