A bit of potted history for you now folks!
In the late 1800S, King Chulalongkorn made a deal with British tradesmen allowing them access to the Siam kingdom’s huge teak and rosewood forests. He also allowed them to live in Chiang Mai.
However there was one condition – that they lived on the east side of the Ping River, away from the locals and the ancient city ruins. The area they settled in is known as Wat Gate, a graceful area with elegant teak houses.
Our lovely Sakorn Residence hotel was situated in this area. Now, along with markets and taking thousands of pictures of anything I stumble across, my other great passions is temple bagging! And Chiang Mai is a veritable cornucopia of them.
Gorgeous ornate doors at Wat Gate’s ornate prayer hall whose exterior walls are richly adorned with gilded apsara dancers and dragon friezes.