Wat Pa Pao. Temple. School. Community Center.
Orange robes & wat dogs. Candle wax & incense remains. Gauged eared boys on bicycles & young women in Disney shirts, reading books.
On Buddhist holidays people spill out of the entrance into the street. Thai police stand in the midst of sparkly longyis, intricately beaded tops & fisherman pants donned with the Shan flag & tigers.
& if you zig-zag through motorbike allyways behind the temple – you’ll find the best Shan noodle dishes in the city. & velvet flip-flops.