• Mae Taeng Valley

    After the extensive visit to Wat Ban Den in Mae Taeng district of Chiang Mai, I would have gone back to the city if I was alone on this day trip. However, a local friend decided to come with me and show me some hidden spots in the area. Not really hidden, since there are plenty of tourists, 5-Star Resorts and restaurants up here, but I would not have been aware how to get there. Mae Taeng valley is a beautiful, almost serene place to visit and enjoying nature of northern Chiang Mai province. Even great lunch at Sang Wan Sri Restaurant by the river was a pleasure, despite the…

  • Temple superlative

    Friends recommended to take a drive north from Chiang Mai to Mae Taeng to see a huge temple and actually a collection of temple buildings in it’s grandest state! Often people call this place Wat Mae Taeng, but it is actually called Wat Ban Den. And grand it is! It is the ultimative temple superlative in size, colours and presentation. Not your temple for prayers and ceremonies and not your temple for contemplation or quietness! There are A LOT of people here at this temple, mostly thai’s but also tourists. We came at a good time and had several areas of the huge temple grounds to ourselves to explore. It…