Photo of the week 2014 – Week two

Going from Thailand in 2006, I went back to the country again in 2007, albeit with a different group of friends this time.

In 2006 I was the tourist, whereas in 2007 I was the tour guide. I wanted to show my friends some of the things that I had experienced the year before, so they could experience it for themselves.

After doing the mandatory tour of the southern islands, we went up to Northern Thailand, one of my favourite parts of the country.

Chiang Mai, the capital of the north, is a bit of a playground for temples. In fact, the city has over 300 Buddhist temples, so you’re never short of options to choose from!

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, the city’s most famous temple, stands on Doi Suthep, a hill to the northwest of the city. From there, you can see the city of Chiang Mai before you, and in my eyes it is without a doubt one of the highlights in all of Thailand.

However, one of the things I love about Chiang Mai is it’s so easy to get around, which makes it a perfect place for hiring a bike. There’s nothing quite like biking from temple to temple to temple, stopping off whenever you want, taking in the sights around you.

I would love to tell you which temple I took this photo at in Chiang Mai, but I’d be lying. To be honest with you, it doesn’t really matter. To me, it symbolises getting lost, getting caught up in the moment, and completely immersing yourself in a city. All I know is I love how bright the colours are of the flags fluttering in the wind.

My advice – if you’re heading up to Chiang Mai on your travels, make sure you hire a bike and see the city for what it really is. If you manage to take a step back and immerse yourself in the culture around you, hopefully you’ll realise, much like I did, that the city is one of the most beautiful in all of Southeast Asia…