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 is simply beautiful!