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Ghostly visitors roaming around the stalls in Chiang Mai’s Warorot market, Thailand.
How do you fill a bucket to throw on passers-by during Songkran in Chiang Mai? Right in the moat!
~~oOo~~ Songkran is the traditional New Year in the Thai Calendar. It is celebrated usually between the 13th to the 15th of April (often a few days before and after too). Songkran is also known as a massive water fight festival especially famous in Chiang Mai, North of Thailand. Thais and foreigners roam around the [...]
In Thailand, the weather from February until May is considered to be the hottest. The temperatures are usually above 30C (above 90F) and many young backpackers just wander around shirtless showing their white pecs (and beer belly) to all the single ladies out there (go home, please). However, in the past few days, Thailand has [...]
~~oOo~~ This is a little bamboo bridge over a pond I found behind a temple in Chiang Mai, leading to the monks headquarters. It felt shaky when I walked on it but looked stable enough as many monks use it daily to cross to the temple grounds. One thing I find disappointing in the Western [...]
~~oOo~~ Sweeping the temple grounds is one of the rituals of the Buddhist monk in Thailand. Everyday, at dawn and in the evening, monks take care of the temple compound. They cut the grass, clean the inside of the buildings and sweep the floor. They must uphold certain standards of cleanliness according to one of [...]
~~oOo~~ This is a shot of the setting sun over the city of Chiang Mai this evening after I spent a whole day walking around town for a mini-photowalk with myself. It was a hot and slightly overcast day (thank you soft light) but it was a nice relief to see the sun set and [...]
Most photographers will tell you that the best time to take nice photos outdoors is during sunrise and sunset: The Golden Hour.
In Chiang Mai, every Saturdays and Sundays take place the famous “Walking Night Markets” on Th Ratchadamnoen, and Th Wualai offering a taste of provincial culture, cheap bargains and reminding the itinerant merchants stopping in town to sell their goods. However, good street food is not only found during weekend markets.
Ah Dubai… Often associated with tall skyscrapers, modern architecture, crazy surreal projects (the best, the biggest, the tallest, the widest… Freud would have been happy..) and of course.. the Real Estate Crisis and bankruptcy.
Just like everything in life, altar statues or ‘holy statues’ can end up being damaged or broken.
In most cultures of the world nowadays, a broken statue would just be disposed in the trash and forgotten.
Inside the old city in Chiang Mai are many temples (wat) on every street. The most famous ones are Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man (the oldest temple in Chiang Mai). This is a shot of a temple located in the middle of the city, called Wat Chang Taem. It’s a [...]
Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country. There are many temples in the city and very often you encounter people praying and making offerings to Buddha (Wai Phra). The offerings often consist of a candle, a flower (usually a lotus), a small square gold leaf and 3 incense sticks. The Buddhist holds the candle, flower and incense sticks [...]
A Deva in Buddhism is non-human being that shares characteristics with humans but they are far more powerful (they can fly and all) and live much longer (thousands of years). They are the closest to what the western cultures call “angels”. They are invisible to the human eye and can only be seen by people [...]
From June to October is rain season in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It rains every day towards the evening and could last from a few minutes to a couple of hours. People in South-East Asia are used to the monsoon. Rain or not, they get on with their life and continue what they are doing. They [...]
Anyone who has ever been to Chiang Mai during the Saturday or Sunday market probably has seen this band of visually impaired musicians playing in the middle of the street. They use many kind of instruments from guitars, kazoos, harmonicas, cymbals to drums made of empty buckets. They are actually pretty amazing and always a [...]