Category Archives: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai wrap-up

This is the last batch of Chiang Mai photographs for awhile…I’ve been in Melbourne for over a week, time to shift gears.

Chiang Mai street pictures

I’ve just arrived in beautiful Melbourne, Australia, but still have many photographs from Thailand to post. Here are eight street shots, with an emphasis on primary colors.

Chiang Mai record store, “strange but not true”

This is Bu Yost, congenial proprietor of the record store/secondhand shop he calls the “Trading Post (strange but not true).” Thanks to Sam, a Canadian expat living in Chiang Mai, who DJs here and collects Thai records, for introducing me to this place (check out Sam’s excellent blog, Archive of Southeast Asian Music.)

Yi Peng Festival, part 2

Here are pictures from a week ago, shot during the Yi Peng Festival here in Chiang Mai, Thailand. There was a parade, but I only saw people and floats standing still, presumably waiting for instructions to begin? I don’t know, I shot for at least an hour, and never saw the parade roll. It did start to rain heavily; some of these photographs show parade participants getting shelter nearby.

Yes, that child is on a leash, and yes, those do appear to be Mormons in a country that’s nearly 95% Buddhist; there’s an LDS church in Chiang Mai.

Bunrueang Rit Road, Chiang Mai

Woman holding acoustic guitar, riding on a scooter behind a man. Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai: Sky Lanterns

Loy Krathong is the Thai festival that takes place during the full moon on the twelfth month, according to the Thai lunar calendar. Chiang Mai’s version of this celebration is called Yi Peng, and involves launching paper hot-air balloons called sky lanterns. This is one of the most enchanting, magical events I’ve ever laid eyes on. All over the city locals and tourists ignite the lanterns, hold them above their heads while they fill with hot air, and then release them into the night sky, which becomes dotted with hundreds or thousands of flickering, glowing lights like gigantic fireflies.

Thin White Duchess: cat with mismatched eyes

White cat with different colored eyes in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo by Jim Newberry.
I ran into this beauty hanging loose at a Chiang Mai street market; as you can see, like the Thin White Duke, her eyes are mismatched (though Bowie’s eyes are the same color; it’s the pupil size that’s different).

Colors and shapes

Thinking about color and geometry in Chiang Mai.

Restaurant wall

Restaurant interior wall in Chiang Ma, Thailand. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Interior restaurant wall, Chiang Mai. I believe that’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) portrayed three times, and Phra Bat Somdet Phra Poraminthra Maha Chulalongkorn Phra Chunla Chom Klao Chao Yu Hua (Rama V) in the upper/center/right.

Chiang Mai Zoo

Boy next to mechanical dinosaur at Chiang Mai Zoo. Photo by Jim Newberry.