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.

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.