Category Archives: Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Chiang Man panorama

360 panorama photo of Wat Chiang Man in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Here’s a 360 degree panoramic photo I shot inside Chiang Mai’s Wat Chiang Man (AKA Wat Chieng Mun or Wat Chiang Mun) temple. Click on the full-screen (button on the far right) for maximum viewing pleasure.

Velvet Underground homage?

Velvet Underground & Nico album cover.

I can’t figure out if this is an homage to Andy Warhol and the VU’s debut album or not, what do you think? Saw it next to a restaurant in Chiang Mai. Rest in peace Lou Reed!

Painted banana on a wall in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Photo by Jim Newberry.

Inside Chiang Mai’s Warorot Market

I recently posted photographs shot in the Warorot Market area (also known as Kad Luang); these pictures were taken inside Warorot Market proper (the shopping mall of that name), which has convenient balconies, perfect for shooting bird’s-eye views.

Chiang Mai: corner of the old city

Motorbikes in Chiang Mai's old city. Photo by Jim Newberry.

This is the northwest corner of Chiang Mai’s old city; those are 700 year old walls in the background.

Furry creatures of Chiang Mai

The other night I was photographing a closed storefront in Chiang Mai, when I heard a voice behind me asking what I was shooting. It turned out to be none other than thephunktOGraphist himself, with his winning Chihuahua, Moo-Yong in the front basket of his motorbike. Thanks phunktOGraphist for stopping, and for letting me photograph your companion.

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Later that same night it was love at first sight when I ran into this kitten who tried to follow me home; sadly, I couldn’t take her back to my apartment.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand: First Impressions

It’s been a while since I updated the blog; I guess the laid back attitude here got the best of me. Arriving in Chiang Mai was a welcome relief after the stifling heat, pollution, extreme traffic congestion, and general manic intensity of Bangkok. Chiang Mai does have quite a bit of traffic (and in Thailand, apparently the pedestrian is always wrong), but the climate is a bit cooler here, the mountain air a bit cleaner, and things are way more relaxed.

The first two things I noticed about Chiang Mai: Buddhism and tourism. The presence of Buddhism here is striking, and very appealing to me. There are over 300 wats (Buddhist temples) here—each one exquisite—and you will often see orange-robed monks around the city. The tourism is not so appealing; around the old city there are zillions of banners advertising all kinds of tours and “adventures” involving zip lines and Segways and monkeys and elephants. And a steady stream of tourists (I’m counting myself of course) and tourist traps. Luckily, it’s easy to escape to neighborhoods where the tourist scene is scarce.

Many more Chiang Mai photos on the way.