Wat (I misspelled ‘what’ on purpose) do you think the year here in Thailand is? Is it the 1990s when Michael Jackson was still the live king of pop, or the 4990s when humans have created a new technological planet where people can visit? Truth is the Thais are in the year 2557 BE (Buddhist Era). The Buddhist Era is based on some ancient Hindu calendar and 543 years ahead of Gregorian calendar which most of the world observes.
Here’s a gong at Wat Chedi Luang that shows the year that Thailand was in four years ago.
We left our guest house after breakfast in search of a post office which we struggled to find though we had no trouble finding some Wats!
All around the gardens surrounding the temples were sayings to help people be more mindful. Here are a few of the signs we saw on the trees:
While there I saw some tourists completely disrespect Buddha by turning their backs on Buddha and pointing their feet at Buddha to pose for a photo. That’s worse than showing your bare knees in a Wat!
We did eventually find the post office so some of you might be getting some good old fashion postcards from Chiang Mai!
Oh, then we found a restaurant that had delicious ‘pad see ew gai’ which is fried flat rice noodles with chicken 🍗 and veggies – it was very satisfying for my taste buds!