We caught a songthaew from our hotel, then transfered to another for the drive up into the jungle. It was a pretty drive up, up, up a steep and winding road.
Soon we were at the parking lot area for the Temple--it was a mad house! Cars, tour buses, songthaews, lots of people, and of course the ever-present vendors selling food and souvenirs! What a scene:
Up we climbed, stopping along the way to admire several Hill Tribe children dressed in their finest. Although they are adorable, it makes us sad to think this is their life; dressing up and posing for pictures for money. Of course we gave a few coins, but are we helping, or just encouraging it? Who knows, but they sure are cute, and seemed quite happy:
We're getting close, we can see the entrance to the main temple:
Thes two little beauties performed a graceful dance, using two big baskets of marigold petals.
Replica of the Emerald Buddha
Hey, monks are tourists, too! Here's a picture of a monk taking a picture: