Free Hugs in Chiang Mai ~ Thailand

A man holding a Free Hugs sign in Chiang Mai during the Saturday Night Market in Thailand


If you haven’t heard of the Free Hugs Campaign, visit the website and get updated!

I saw this group of young Thais standing in the middle of the crowd during the Saturday Night Market holding the Free Hugs sign. It reminded me of my experience in Copenhagen during the COP15 Demo (Climate Change Conference) where I also started a Free Hugs campaign by myself . It was one of the best moments during my travels which includes an enormous anti-riot policeman twice my size squeezing me in his arms.

This poor group however didn’t have much luck getting hugs from the passing crowd. You could see they were all walking by, ignoring the guy holding the sign, hardly giving it a sideways glance.

I did of course jump on the opportunity to give a hug! It just sticks a smile on your face and that feeling is priceless.

Check out the official video of the Free Hugs Campaign too, smile, and go out there to hug a stranger!


Quick Tips:

Keep your camera on your side when you are hugging people, you wouldn’t want to stab them with your lens. Also, when walking in thick crowd, don’t let your camera hang on your side, you will bump into people and it might damage the lens. Instead, hold it in front of you or in a way that the lens is not sticking out.


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I like hugging a lot better than handshakes epically with women


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