We shouldn’t complain. We know that. Lucky us. We’re on the trip of a lifetime and writing to you – some of you are in cold, wet places — to complain that it’s just a bit too warm here. Well, the heat and humidity rose higher than we anticipated, and it’s slowed us way, way down.
Again – lucky us – for our stay in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we chose a very nice and affordable hotel with “cool” features: air conditioning, swimming pool, and several outdoor shaded areas to sit while reading and writing.
If the weather won’t change, then we knew we needed to make adjustments.
CLOTHING: We walked over to one of the night markets and bought the lightest weight shirt and pants we could find for Joe (total outlay $12 US).
STAY OUT OF THE SUN: We stayed in the cool of our hotel till late in the afternoon and then went for our daily walks, sightseeing along the way.
As the sun dropped low in the sky we strolled to some of the many wats (temples) in Chiang Mai as a destination. The wats offered us lessons in history, art, architecture, and religion.
Founded in 1296, Chiang Mai’s ancient walls crumbled over the years but the moat still surrounds the old city. On our walk along the moat one day, we saw a sight reminiscent of a scene by the canals of Venice.
We often see flowers we’ve not seen before. The light at the end of the day makes it easier to take their picture.
We’re not out of the heat yet and won’t be for some time. The next stops on our trip will be even warmer. We’ve learned to sit back, with a cold drink, and watch the sun get low in the sky before we get up and go.