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Watted Out

Chiang Mai is the northern capital of Thailand and its cultural center. Almost everybody who comes to Thailand, goes to Chiang Mai at some point. Generally this is done before they go to the beach and probably in an effort to either earn some karma up front for all the atrocities they’ll commit down in Phuket or to somehow make their vacation a little bit more “cultured”.

Chiang Mai has like 400 wats inside its old city walls. No doubt these are beautiful Buddhists temples with many golden buddhas, lots of chedi and stupas, probably some great views of this 200k population city and some lovely burning incense.

I’ve heard it has all this, but I couldn’t tell you for sure.

After almost three weeks of Thailand, visiting the wats of Bangkok and the ruins of ancient capitals of Ayuthaya and Sukothai, we’re totally WATTED OUT. And despite maybe one here in Chiang Mai, we really have no more interest in seeing any of them.

Luckily, Chiang Mai is also the adventure capital of the north as well. So instead of wats today, Kelly and I went rock climbing. We paid a company to take us to Crazy Horse Buttress about 45 minutes north of the city, rent us gear and lead and belay our climbing. It was just the two of us and the two “guides” and we spent a great day at the “crag” wearing ourselves out. It was our most expensive tourist activity yet, but it was well worth it. A good break from the culture, a little time in the woods and some great exercise. And I have to say, Kelly did a great job, summitting four routes, and I think it has been a good 3 years since she’s been climbing outside. I even took some video but it seems to be a little too big to get up here. I’ll see if I can’t compress it when I get a better connection.

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