Pai is a sleepy town north of Chiang Mai, Thailand close to the Burma border. Getting to Pai from Chiang Mai is inexpensive at around $5 and the drive is long and winding with switch backs and steep climbs through the hills, but well worth the crazy driving. Once you arrive you are dropped off …
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Daily Photo: Wat Chedi Luang
Wat Chedi Luang is a ruined chedi, or stupa, in Chiang Mai. The chedi is huge and really cool to walk around. I particularly liked these giant elephants that lined the Southern side. The actually wat in front of the chedi is impressive as well.
Float Your Bad Juju Away During Loi Krathong
Loi Krathong is a huge festival in Chiang Mai, and throughout Thailand. It actually goes on for well over a week, but really gets crazy for about three days around the full moon. I went two days in a row and had an amazing time both times. I bought a little krathong for 50B, which …
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Daily Photo: Storm Clouds
I thought this was a beautiful photograph of some storm clouds that threatened us during the Yee Peng Festival. Fortunately, just a few drops fell and the sky cleared.
The Tiger Kingdom
The Tiger Kingdom just outside of Chiang Mai is a bit touristy, but well worth the visit. We had a red truck song thaew take us there from Tha Pae Gate, wait for us, and bring us back for 250B. I was a little hesitant at first because I thought that the tigers were drugged …
Daily Photo: Sleeping Tigers
The tigers at Tiger Kingdom are happy to lounge around rest while people are wandering around their cages. They get up periodically and walk around, but since tigers sleep upwards of 18 hours a day, they are perfectly happy to kick back and relax.
Daily Photo: Incense Pot
Incense is used quite a bit in Buddhist temples and I thought this pot was beautiful. Every pot had something unique about it, but they were all being used.
A Day in Dishes: Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai is famous for its food, and with reason—it’s absolutely delicious! There are so many great choices, it’s hard to decide what to eat every day. Noodles play a large role in the cuisine. Everything from pad thai to tom yum is made with noodles. Of course, rice dishes are also important. Fried rice …
Yee Peng Festival of Lights – Let the festivals begin!
One of the primary reasons I chose to live in Chiang Mai is that I wanted to experience the festivals this city is so famous for holding throughout the year. With winter upon us, the festivals have begun! Chiang Mai is the center of the old Lanna Kingdom and continues to celebrate many of the …
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Daily Photo: Golden Buddhas, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep
Gold is everywhere at Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep, even among the Buddhas. Getting to the Wat (temple) is not easy since it is perched high in the hill above Chiang Mai, but once you arrive you are greeted with dozens of golden Buddhas.