13+1 Photos from Hang Dong District in Chiang Mai

by FieryTree on September 13, 2014 · 8 comments

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Today we escaped the house and explored our district, Hang Dong. Heading south on Canal Road we finally peeked in at the temple shielded by high walls. We were not disappointed. I probably say it every time, but Wat Khong Khao is my new favorite temple.

With a wander around the grounds we were back on the scooter and soon following windy roads to reach Op Khan National Park. We were unprepared to hike but took the close nature walk to watch the river shoot through the narrow cliffs. The stones we sat on were so smooth and the gushing water blocked out any other noise in the area. It was fantastic. The park is about 30 minutes away and was virtually empty when we visited, so I look forward to heading back soon!

And so the pictures –

Outside of temple at Wat Khong Khao.

The incredibly ornate temple at Wat Khong Khao.

Decorated window, I found it so beautiful.

Decorated window of the temple. I found it so beautiful.

Inside the temple.

Inside the temple.

Dragon at at Wat Khong Khao.

Dragon at Wat Khong Khao.

Inner temple gate.

Inner temple gate.

Windy road to Op Khan National Park.

Windy road to Op Khan National Park.

Pitted road into the park.

Pitted road into the park.

Little stream we stopped at.

Little stream we stopped at.

River cliffs that give the park its name, from the shapes the water created.

River cliffs that give the park its name, from their shape.

Surprisingly fast moving river.

Surprisingly fast-moving river.

And so loud!

And so loud!

Hooray for autumn!

Hooray for autumn!

Big clouds as we left signaling rain.

We beat the rain!

Street close to us, note all the elephants.

Street close to us, note all the elephants.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Louise September 13, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Both the temple and the park are lovely. My favorite US national park is Death Valley. Much harder to visit it now that we are boaters.

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2 FieryTree September 14, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Wow, Death Valley, that is definitely on my list to see. I guess it being completely landlocked would make it harder to visit. 😀 Do you ever miss having the big wheels as a home?

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3 Pete September 14, 2014 at 11:30 am

Great pictures as always Maria. I like how I can keep traveling even thought I am back in the states.

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4 FieryTree September 14, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Thank you Pete! Happy to have you traveling along with me! Have you found you miss anything from this side of the world?

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5 Renee September 14, 2014 at 9:37 pm

Absolutely beautiful! Such a lovely area and the temples are so vibrant and colorful!

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6 FieryTree September 19, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Great to hear from you, Renee! I’ve been to a lot of Temples over the last 18 months and this one was definitely one of the shiniest! 🙂

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7 Tina September 17, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Great pictures as always. Does remind me of North Carolina . The temple is beautiful.

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8 FieryTree September 19, 2014 at 5:31 pm

I love that it reminds me of North Carolina and yet driving into the park, it reminded me of Puerto Rico because it was so lush! There is such wonderful eco-diversity here!

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