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Chiang Mai 2009



Chiang Mai is the largest city in northern Thailand, and is the capital of Chiang Mai Province. It is located 700 km (435 mi) north of Bangkok, and has some of the highest mountains in the country. The national parks include Doi Inthanon, where the highest mountain in Thailand is located. It peaks at 2565m above sea level. The city stands on the Ping river, a major tributary of the Chao Phraya river. Traveling further north of Chiang Mai, the border of Thailand meets with Laos' and Myanmar's. It is here where the 'Golden Triangle' is located; where the opium trade was once conducted, barter traded with gold.

It is a city of many splendors. In the hills and dense forestation that surrounds the city, the hill tribes who had lived there for centuries thrived. This is also a habitat of various wildlife and for nature preservation. There are also elephant parks in this area. As anywhere else in Thailand one will find a Buddhist temple in every street; there are over 300 of them in this city. What makes Chiang Mai different is the various temple architecture that is found here, that dated back to hundreds of years before. There is a vast collection of Thai arts and cultural products, together with the hand-crafted produce of the hill tribes, no wonder Chiang Mai is an important tourist destination in Thailand.

This is a collection of my photographs from a 4 day trip there.

An artist prepares the umbrella in the umbrella factory..
An artist prepares the umbrella in the umbrella factory..
A painted umbrella; bird and lotus plant.
A painted umbrella; bird and lotus plant.
A craftsman making a rattan table.
A craftsman making a rattan table.
Hand-painted motif on camera bag, for 50 baht.
Hand-painted motif on camera bag, for 50 baht.
Remembering Chiang Mai 2009
Remembering Chiang Mai 2009
At the Doi Suthep temple
At the Doi Suthep temple
The Doi Suthep Temple at sunset
The Doi Suthep Temple at sunset
A wedding couple making their way down the steps
A wedding couple making their way down the steps
Street hawker on the streets in Chiang Mai
Street hawker on the streets in Chiang Mai
Local boys having fun on a very hot afternoon
Local boys having fun on a very hot afternoon
An elephant at the Elephant Park
An elephant at the Elephant Park
Taking an elephant ride into the forest
Taking an elephant ride into the forest
Young elephants taken for a bath in the river
Young elephants taken for a bath in the river
Elephant ride
Elephant ride
The elephant ride takes the tourist to a Meo hill-tribe village
The elephant ride takes the tourist to a Meo hill-tribe village
Walking into a Meo hill-tribe village
Walking into a Meo hill-tribe village
Crossing the river on the back of an elephant
Crossing the river on the back of an elephant
The majestic river crossing
The majestic river crossing
Coming to another village, of the Karen hill-tribe
Coming to another village, of the Karen hill-tribe
Karen village
Karen village
On ox-cart taking me to the next destination
On ox-cart taking me to the next destination
Jumping off the rocks into the cool waters
Jumping off the rocks into the cool waters
A bamboo raft fide down river
A bamboo raft fide down river
Traversing the calm waters of the Mae Taeng River
Traversing the calm waters of the Mae Taeng River
Orchids from an orchid farm
Orchids from an orchid farm
Orchids
Orchids
Hot Spring at the Khun Chae National Park
Hot Spring at the Khun Chae National Park
Wat Rong Khun on the way to Cheng Rai
Wat Rong Khun on the way to Cheng Rai
Wat Rong Khun N19.8241 E99.7644
Wat Rong Khun N19.8241 E99.7644
Sculptures by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat
Sculptures by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat
Wat Rong Khun
Wat Rong Khun
Toilets signages by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat
Toilets signages by artist Chalermchai Kositpipat
The golden triangle
The golden triangle
Laotian fisherman
Laotian fisherman
Laotian mother and children on this border town
Laotian mother and children on this border town
Siblings, Laos border town
Siblings, Laos border town
Baby, Laos border town
Baby, Laos border town
Young boy, Laos border town
Young boy, Laos border town
Young sister, Laos border town
Young sister, Laos border town
Pretty girl, Laos border town
Pretty girl, Laos border town
Shoppers at the Golden Triangle, Laos
Shoppers at the Golden Triangle, Laos
Monks and novices at the Golden Triangle
Monks and novices at the Golden Triangle
Boats on the Khong river, Laos
Boats on the Khong river, Laos
Beggar at the Thai-Myanmar border
Beggar at the Thai-Myanmar border
Akha hill tribe women
Akha hill tribe women
Palong hill tribe girl
Palong hill tribe girl
Padong long neck hill tribe
Padong long neck hill tribe
Scene from the village stalls
Scene from the village stalls
Karen hill tribe girl with large perforation in ear-lobe
Karen hill tribe girl with large perforation in ear-lobe
Padong long neck girl
Padong long neck girl
Padong long neck hill-tribe
Padong long neck hill-tribe
Padong long-neck hill tribe
Padong long-neck hill tribe
Karen hill-tribe mother and child
Karen hill-tribe mother and child
Padong long neck hill tribe
Padong long neck hill tribe
Padong long neck hill tribe
Padong long neck hill tribe
Padong long neck hill tribe
Padong long neck hill tribe
Padong girl at her stall
Padong girl at her stall
Happy and care free
Happy and care free
Afternoon frolic
Afternoon frolic
Shy
Shy
Padong girls
Padong girls
:p
:p
young Padlong girl
young Padlong girl
Padong long neck girl
Padong long neck girl
Karen mother and child
Karen mother and child
Akha women
Akha women
Hill tribe man doing repairs
Hill tribe man doing repairs
Sawardeeka
Sawardeeka
Elderly Karen weaver
Elderly Karen weaver
Sweet Padong long neck girl with home-work
Sweet Padong long neck girl with home-work
Wachirathan waterfalls, Doi Inthanon National Park N18.5412 E98.5995
Wachirathan waterfalls, Doi Inthanon National Park N18.5412 E98.5995
Wachirathan waterfalls
Wachirathan waterfalls
Wachirathan waterfalls
Wachirathan waterfalls
Karen village, mother and child
Karen village, mother and child
Karen weaver
Karen weaver
Karen menfolk prepares the food
Karen menfolk prepares the food
Karen house, outdoor kitchen
Karen house, outdoor kitchen
Karen house, backyard
Karen house, backyard
Karen elderly with French tourist
Karen elderly with French tourist
Karen village
Karen village
Hmong elderly men is discussion
Hmong elderly men is discussion
Karen village, afternoon rest
Karen village, afternoon rest
Portrait of Karen girl, Thailand
Portrait of Karen girl, Thailand
Tropical rain forest, Sirithan waterfalls
Tropical rain forest, Sirithan waterfalls
Sirithan waterfalls, Doi Inthanon National Park N18.5438 E98.5795 Elevation 879m
Sirithan waterfalls, Doi Inthanon National Park N18.5438 E98.5795 Elevation 879m
Elderly lady at the Hmong Market, Doi Inthanon National Park
Elderly lady at the Hmong Market, Doi Inthanon National Park
Vegetable seller at the Hmong Market
Vegetable seller at the Hmong Market
Having lunch
Having lunch
Walking back
Walking back
Hmong mother and daughters
Hmong mother and daughters
King's Pagoda, Doi Inthanon National Park
King's Pagoda, Doi Inthanon National Park
Local flowers, Doi Inthanon National Park
Local flowers, Doi Inthanon National Park
19.3 Celcius at the peak, 2600m above sea level
19.3 Celcius at the peak, 2600m above sea level
Thai boy reading stone tablet at the peak
Thai boy reading stone tablet at the peak
Finger nail dance, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Finger nail dance, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Finger nail dance
Finger nail dance
Finger nail dance
Finger nail dance
Silk reeling dance
Silk reeling dance
Northern Thai dance
Northern Thai dance
Candle dance
Candle dance
Candle dance
Candle dance
Lahu hill tribe dance
Lahu hill tribe dance
Lisu hill tribe dance
Lisu hill tribe dance
Hmong playing bamboo flute
Hmong playing bamboo flute
Kinggala Dance, Shan
Kinggala Dance, Shan
Fire sword dance
Fire sword dance
Fire sword dance
Fire sword dance
Akha hill tribe dance
Akha hill tribe dance
Rich Winnowing Dance, Northern Thai
Rich Winnowing Dance, Northern Thai
Rich Winnowing Dance, Northern Thai
Rich Winnowing Dance, Northern Thai