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This is the Tha Phae Gate, In the wall that originally enclosed the Thai city of Chiang Mai. It was built in the 13th century to protect the city from invasions by the Burmese. Originally the fortifications consisted of 2 walls like this, with a moat between them. The city within the walls is a mile square, and each section of the wall had a central gate. Much of the wall has slowly degraded, until this section, and one other, are the only parts still standing in entirety. The stairs on either side of the gate gave access to the battlements.

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This is another view, taken 1/2 mile further along from the gate. The decorations are for the festival of Loy Kratong, when the people show their appreciation to the river goddess, for flooding the rice fields.


800 years old, wowee. Those are beautiful pictures.
Thanks. I'm glad you liked them.
And you'll have the opportunity to take even more photos soon! How exotic looking.
Afraid not. Change of plans due to medical reasons. The specialist told Les last Thursday that if he went to Thailand he would end up with gangrene. That was a word that put fear into the boldest adventurer's heart. I told him he could cancel his bookings and transfer them to a year hence.
That's frightening, but it's good to know. This gives you time to plan and dream.
It's his dream, not mine. Quite honestly, with the health problems he has I am not sure that he will be able to go again.
It's sad when we get to that point. At least, he lived life with gusto in his earlier years.
It is sad, but there comes a time when you have to accept your infirmities. He seems a lot better this morning, so perhaps he is recovering from the surgery. Tomorrow afternoon will be the real test, when he sees the specialist again.
Great pictures of a beautiful prompt answer! I find walls of these size immensely fascinating, and it's awesome so much of it is still intact.
I'm glad you liked them. Thailand is full of ancient monuments, and the history of the place is fascinating. The first time we visited we noticed lots of old and unloved cars on the sides of the road. The story behind it is that the people who were travelling in them died in an accident, which automatically makes the remains of the car a sacred site, not to be tampered with. Similarly, in Chiang Mai I noticed a lot of old structures similar to the wall, which had slowly fallen into not much more than a heap of bricks, but they had once been sacred sites such as temples, and were to remain untouched in perpetuity. It is very interesting to see something from a totally different point of view. I think you would find it an interesting country to visit. Their historic buildings are well preserved in some areas, such as the Grand Palace in Bangkok which is a must see, and if we go back I hope we will visit again. When we went before we visited the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, which is in the grounds, having to leave our shoes outside (and hoping desperately they would still be there when we came out; they were), and a monk dipped a lotus stalk into holy water and applied it to our crown chakra. That was one of the highlights for me.
Thank you for the impromptu tour, this is most interesting! :o) It would be awesome to see all this one day, but it's not only awfully far away from us, but also in a climate very difficult for me.
I have the same problem with the climate, even though we go in the 'cool season', when there is low humidity. The cool season has maximum temps of approx 34C in Bangkok and 32C in Chiang Mai. I sympathise with your intolerance of hot weather, as I am the same. The worst part of it is that I come home yearning for cool weather, and Hobart always seems to have a heatwave for my arrival.

I am now committed to going to Thailand with Les next year, as I don't think he should travel alone, so I will try to make the best of it, and extract as much enjoyment from it as possible, because it is very likely the last trip for me, and also for him I imagine. We have been discussing all the restaurants we want to revisit, of which there are quite a few! I will take lots of pics!
To fly from Melbourne, Australia to Bangkok is a 14 hour flight, although since you are travelling east the change in clock time is only 10 hours. I imagine that must be halfway to Europe. Last time coming back I helped a woman with children to board, She was returning from Germany, where she had visited her parents. Like me, once she reached Melbourne she had a further flight to reach her home city. It is the wait for the 2nd flight which is hard. The return flight from Thailand arrived at 11am, but my flight to Hobart was not until 5pm.
I didn't realise that it's still so much travelling time from your place! It sounds like an intimidating amount of time spent on a plane.
Good luck for your travel plans for next year! It seems to become a very special trip, and I hope you both can make it and enjoy it to your fullest.
Australians are regarded as the most travel addicted people in the world. If you want to go somewhere outside Australia you have to accept the travel involved. I think the trip next year will be the last to Thailand, and we will certainly try to enjoy it to it's fullest. I'm not looking forward to the immunisation I will need to have before I make the trip (Tetanus, Cholera) - they made me quite sick last time, and that was 15 years ago.

Les has always promised to take me to New Zealand, a place I visited in my youth, which is only a 4 hour trip from Australia, so we regard them as our cousins, although I think New Zealanders don't feel quite the same way about it. Having said that, 40% of the population of NZ lives in Australia. It is different enough from Australia to be an interesting place to visit, and the people speak English, but with a different accent from us.

When I went before I found the people very friendly, but they all said I was not like the average Australian. I have a more British accent, or did. Living in Sydney for 26 years has probably changed it a bit.