Note: All of the information in this piece was researched and not personally experienced. I haven’t really been to Chiang Mai, but I have been to Thailand. This was a practice piece that I wrote when I was asked to write a sample travel piece. For those who have gone to Chiang Mai, did I paint an accurate picture of the place?
Going to Thailand’s ancient city of Chiang Mai, I visited the holy grounds of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. A colossal structure near the summit of Doi Suthep mountain, this temple towers over the city, easily standing out among the 700 Buddhist temples in the area. Drenched and lit with gold, I was sure that Midas would have envied this grand structure.
To get to the gold on the mountain top, you could climb the Naga staircase.
Serpentine railings that have green and gold scales and eight hissing snake heads slither along the 309 steps. Now that’s a lot of exercise! If you have achy-breaky bones however, there’s always the cable car. I had some doubts about my knees, but I couldn’t pass up on a challenge. Each step elevated me toward a beautiful view, so walking up the stairway started as a pleasant experience. When I was finally heaving and panting, there was small voice inside of me that mocked I told you so, but I still took the next step. At last I reached the top, and the prize was the wat—a breathtaking view that was rich in history, sanctity, and culture.