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Chiang Mai street pictures

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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.

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Chiang Mai record store, “strange but not true”

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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.)

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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.

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Chiang Mai Zoo

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

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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.

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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.

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Chiang Mai, Thailand: First Impressions

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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.