This is the northwest corner of Chiang Mai’s old city; those are 700 year old walls in the background.
Chiang Mai’s Warorot Market area is one of my favorite neighborhoods I’ve found there so far. It’s vibrant and photogenic and a lot less touristy than other areas in the city.
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.
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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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.
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Will be posting Chiang Mai photos soon, but Bangkok KEEPS PULLING ME BACK IN. Almost forgot about this video I shot on a motorcycle taxi that took me to Chinatown, where I shot the photos I posted a few days ago. Regarding the shaky handheld camera work–I was hanging on for dear life with one hand, holding my heavy DSLR with big zoom lens in the other. Next time I’ll hire a dude to sit on my shoulders and hold the camera for me. That ride was one of the funner/scarier things I’ve done in a while.
Update: I meant to mention before, this was speeded up in editing.
Update 2: Here’s a picture of the bike and driver immediately after the ride:
These were all shot last Tuesday. This should be the last set of Bangkok pictures for a bit, Chiang Mai photographs up next.
Bangkok street pictures from earlier in the week. No cat pictures in this post, promise.
One of the many stray cats I saw in Bangkok, and couldn’t resist photographing.