At 6:50 am we are waiting in the lobby of our condo building for our 7-7:30 pickup. That gives William enough time to visit our small coffee shop for an Americano. Several vans arrive and depart then finally a guide comes in holding a sign with our name scrawled in blue. We join two people already in the van and the driver pulls out into the light traffic. He navigates through the streets of Chiang Mai, skirting along Wararot market and further north into the fruit market area until we stop at We Briza Hotel and eight people from China pile into the van. All are wearing face masks.
The Wat Rong Sues Ten, or the Blue Temple is our next stop. The Wat is still under construction, however the main temple was completed in 2016. The interior is an amazing blue containing a large white Buddha. Other sculptures on the grounds are mostly in blue.
Some of the more risqué things we see are the statues in front of the gift shop and the signs designating the men’s and women’s side of the toilets. We won’t include them here in the blog, but if you are easily offended beware - they are in our photo site.