Hidden Hike in Chiang Mai to Wat Palad วัดผาลาด
Chiang Mai is a little city with plenty to do. One of the things I love, even after living here for over 2 years, is that there are still hidden gems. Last week I found one of them: the hike to วัดผาลาด.
Though I am an avid hiker, in Thailand I rarely go. This is mainly due to the heat, and the mosquitoes and snakes don’t help any. Lately it’s been cool to cold in Chiang Mai (10C – that’s 50F) especially in the mornings. This is the perfect weather for a hike.
My friend Lauren asked me to come along. It wasn’t a long hike, but it was beautiful.
It, like many places in Thailand, had a sign that made no sense…
Nowhere near a car park. What did they mean? No short skirts?
After a fairly short hike we arrive at Wat Palad. Nagas and waterfalls.
Buddhas blessing each step.
When I got to this point, I had to stop and take in the beauty of the whole wat grounds in the forest. The soft sound of water rushing by, the elegance and the serenity of if all really wowed me. After having been to so many wats in this city, it’s nice to know there are still lovely surprises to be had.
Looking down at a hazy Chiang Mai
The beginning of the Wat in the forest.
Decorative door with Thai astrological animals on the sides.
Reminiscent of the Bayon temple at Ankor Wat
Amazing Ganesh door
Another effeminate looking Ganesh
A gentle reminder to keep one of these
Seeing this guy meditate here felt so peaceful. It made me want to do another meditation retreat…maybe even at this wat if women are allowed. It was a very special place indeed.
Window twin details
Looking down the nagas
Nagas on the hillside
Hiking back down amongst the blessed trees.
The whole place was so spiritual, even Lauren wanted to meditate…for about 3 seconds.
I will most certainly go on this hike to Wat Palad again.
If you look closely, you can see the spider inside.
So often it looks like autumn in Chiang Mai
Here’s a map, if you can read it.