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Sunsets from a Chiang Mai balcony ~ Thailand


Today is the 1st of March, which means that in 30 days, we’ll be jumping in a plane and leaving Chiang Mai, the place we’ve been calling home for the past 3 years in Thailand. It’s going to be a sad departure but we’re looking forward to moving to our new chosen city: Granada, Spain. During the past three years, I’ve been fortunate enough to live in a residence that overlooks the city and has a balcony facing west. My wife must secretly think I’m crazy but I’ve never failed to capture the sunset almost every evening since living here. […]

Sunsets from a Chiang Mai Balcony ~ Thailand

Yi Peng: The festival of lights in Chiang Mai, Thailand.


Once again, for the third time since I’ve been living in Chiang Mai, I had the pleasure to attend to one of the most beautiful and photogenic festivals in the world: Yi Peng and Loy Krathong. Yi Peng (or Yee Peng) is a festival of light that coincides with Loy Krathong in Thailand. It’s a Lanna festival so it is mainly celebrated in the northern part of the country. The festival takes place during the 2nd lunar month of the Lanna calendar (Yi means ‘2nd’ and Peng means ‘month’) which usually falls on a November. The main attraction during this […]

Monks and Lanterns

Sun Rays, Clouds and Time Lapse in Chiang Mai ~ Thailand


It’s been a while since we had beautiful sunsets in Chiang Mai, since the beginning of the rainy season this year. I was lucky I grabbed this one just in time while I was shooting something else. The way the sun rays beam up the sky while the sun is setting behind the distant mountains is fantastic. My balcony faces West (obviously) so I get to capture the same angle very often, with the sun behind Doi Suthep mountain overlooking the city. But sometimes, storms creep up from the South, from behind our building. I often miss the scene since […]

Chiang Mai Sunset Rays

Temples and White Strings ~ Thailand


With the start of the rainy season, stormy clouds start to gather up during the afternoon, offering great dramatic shots with a wide angle. I pass by this temple every week but I never went in before. This was the first time I got curious enough and checked how it looked like. It doesn’t change much from the rest of the temples in Chiang Mai but I loved the stormy background that enhanced the shot. One thing I often noticed were the white strings that are attached everywhere during special Buddhist holidays. You can see them hanging down from the ceiling […]

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Visakha Bucha in Chiang Mai ~ Thailand


One of the most important religious holidays along with Makha Bucha in many Buddhist countries, Visakha Bucha (pronounced Wisakha Bucha in Thailand) celebrates the birth, enlightenment and passing away of the Buddha, which according to the Theravada Buddhist traditions, all took place on the same day of the year: On the full moon of the Indian lunar month of Wisaka. The sixth lunar month, usually falls in May, or beginning of June. This year, it was on the 4th of June in Chiang Mai. In most Buddhist countries, including Thailand, it is an official public holiday. Like many Buddhist holidays, […]

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Wat Buppharam, the Sunset Temple ~ Thailand


Wat Buppharam, is one of the most beautiful temples (and probably my favorite) in Chiang Mai, about 500m away from the tourist zone at Tha Phae gate. I think it best shows its glory during sunset when the golden light enhances the warm colors. The site of Wat Buppharam is of historical importance, as it is from here that in 1797 Chao Kawila took back the city of Chiang Mai after 200 years of Burmese rule. The temple was built in 1497 by King Phra Muang Kaew on the site of a palace of King Thokarat his Great-Grandfather. The architecture […]

A temple in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Zeus’s Fury and Lightning in Chiang Mai ~ Thailand


Well, Holy Lightning Batman! As I’m writing, there’s another thunderstorm passing over Chiang Mai in Thailand. It’s actually more of a lightning show than rain. My wife warned me there was a storm approaching in the horizon. So I grabbed my camera and my tripod, set it in a dry spot, pointed the camera towards a clutter-free area, set the exposure and focus and started taking shots. This particular one was so fast and bright that I just saw a flash and didn’t notice the lightning until it appeared on my screen. Some of you asked me what settings I […]

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Songkran, the Thai New Year ~ Thailand


In the past 3 days, Chiang Mai rocked to the sound of splashing water, whether it’s being splashed on Buddha statues or being sprayed from a water pistol on passers-by from the back of a tuk-tuk. Nobody was spared. Buckets of icy water from behind pickup trucks. Water gun fights between young Thai children and farangs. Everybody celebrated Songkran, the Thai New Year. The throwing of water originated as a way to pay respect to people and wash their “bad fortune” away. People paying visit to the temples collected some of the water after it had been poured over Buddha […]

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