In Chiang Mai

For the winter of 2017-2018 I went to Thailand to… I guess find the cheapest rent and learn about a new culture. Truth be told, I really just wanted to be on the land of our farm building, but as it was, going to Thailand was an incredibly beautiful experience that I would not change for the world.

I spent about 5 months in Thailand, and most of my time was in Chiang Mai. I arrived in Bangkok and immediately met up with my friend Donovan. He invited me to join him on a train trip up to Chiang Mai where he was going to see about work. Most people take the sleeper train over night, but it was sold out so we took the day train. I actually really liked it since we were able to watch the city as we rolled on by.

I came to know Chiang Mai quite well. The caf├ęs I came across astounded me. The people I met blew me away with kindness and generosity. The landscape was as expected. And I had a scooter and motorcycle to cruise around on the whole time! I was, I guess, in heaven. My family is still now hearing stories I remember as we go about our daily, and each time the stories come to mind, I smile a deeply felt smile.

The next few posts will be devoted to the time I spent in Chiang Mai. Please say hello if you’d like to talk more about any of the photos and I will do my best to caption them.

Donovan renting a scooter

A new Temple under construction just West of town
A new Temple under construction just West of town
A new Temple under construction just West of town
A new Temple under construction just West of town
A new Temple under construction just West of town
Buddha under the tree of life

Temple near Chiang Mai

Steps that led to a sacred temple atop the hill
prayer hut, often a place for leaving offerings to the Buddha
Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand
Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand
Donovan at the Veranda High Resort Chiang Mai, Thailand

Wat Ou Sai Kham (Temple), Chiang Mai, Thailand
Architecture, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Chiang = Elephant
a typical Chedi – known to have sacred bones and gifts trapped in the middle
Wat Tung Yu, Chiang Mai, Thailand

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