Chiang Mai: Low Tech Fun at Doi Pui for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 40 comments

Welcome to the 217th week of Travel Photo Thursday, it’s March! What happened to January and February? Last week you probably remember that Travel Photo Thursday was all about the opium at Doi Pui. We’re still wandering around Doi Pui this week, but you’re in for a totally different tour. One thing that fascinated me here were the kids, and specifically that all of these kids were having fun without cellphones, tablets, or any kind of electronic device. I don’t know about where you live, but I find that here in Asia (especially Korea!) you’ll often see very young kids sitting with some kind of device watching (I’m assuming) cartoons or some kid show. It was refreshing to watch these children have so much low tech fun!

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These young guys were having a blast at the village phone booth. Why the one boy has a plastic bag on his head, who knows? However, it seems that they are actually making a phone call, and he’s the designated speaker. I wonder who they called?


Playing at the Telephone Booth

Making the Call


Born to ride! 🙂


Born to Ride


What kid doesn’t love playing in the water?


Heading for the Waterfall


I’m not sure what happened to his buddy.


Water Play


This is where we purchased the tickets to view the opium plants. Granddad was selling the tickets, and entertaining this young fella. You can see the dump truck, and I saw granddad with a kiddies book.


Boy with Granddad


We ran into these two on our way back to the taxi. Girls just wanna have fun! 🙂


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun


And finally, we have bubbles!




I loved watching all of these children having such a good time with no electronic devices in sight. Very refreshing!

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Doi Pui is about a 45 minute drive from Chiang Mai. You can hire a regular taxi or songthaew for the day, and the cost will be around $35.00. Most people visit the village, and then head to the royal gardens at Bhubing Palace, and finally to one of the areas most important temples in Chiang Mai, Doi Suthep. There are great views of Chiang Mai from here, and quite often traditional dancers are performing.

We seemed to be the only Caucasians at Doi Pui on the day that we visited. It was easy to catch the kids simply playing. They didn’t seem to interested in posing for the camera, and none of them asked for money.


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  1. I love these images of village children. Just like children having fun anywhere!

    • Hi Jill. Kids having fun is such a universal thing. It’s just the way of the world.

  2. You caught lots of great shots here Nancie. I am happy to see the kids having fun and just being kids. Their clothes are beautiful and their sense of fun infectious.

    • Hi Jan. I loved seeing them in their beautiful traditional clothes, and having fun at the same time!

  3. These are great, Nancie! This made me smile and so heartwarming to see. It really is refreshing to see these kids having fun with the simplest things. It’s so true that kids nowadays are so dependent on electronic devices. Sadly, my two are among those hooked on them. I love their costumes and smiles. Just adorable!

    • Hi Mary. Yeah, they are adorable. Not to seem them surrounded by gadgets and having a good time was so heartwarming.

  4. Even the young children are dressed in colorful clothes. Is this how they always dress, or did you visit on a holiday?

    • Hi Steve. It wasn’t a holiday, but was a Saturday. I did ask if it was normal for them to wear their traditional clothes all the time and I was told yes. However, I have visited village schools in the mountains, and the students were not dressed traditionally. Maybe the person I asked didn’t really understand my question.

  5. I love how clean these kids are even while out playing! I can’t imagine keeping those lovely black outfits looking good, but the children are just adorable all dressed up. How fun to be in a place where the children just go on with their play while you shoot. Great shots!

    • Hi Cindy. Photographing these kids was a real pleasure. I liked being able to shoot them without interrupting what they were doing. The fact that even when they knew I was taking their photo they didn’t ask for money was really nice.

  6. Nancie, these are great – made me smile! They also pack a powerful message as you noted, they are kids out entertaining themselves without the aid of computers, tablets or smart phones. I found myself in Greece taking photos of ‘kids without computers’ who were completely content. Then I came home and have been stunned at my neighbor-children’s fascination/attachment to/need for their electronics. I think it says something about society but my brain doesn’t think deep enough to articulate it! Happy week ahead to you~

    • Hi Jackie. I think too that it depends where you go in any country. Rural kids always seem to have the ability to entertain themselves with what city kids would consider almost nothing. Kids in Chiang Mai are definitely hanging off their cell phones and ipads. In Korea it’s even worse!

  7. I so love seeing the “faces” of travel! 🙂

    • Thanks for dropping by, Kathy!

    • Thanks for dropping by, Kathy! I’m glad you enjoyed the post.

  8. Do they really wear traditional clothes everyday? They’re so cute, esp the one with the bag on his head. Kids will always be kids. 😀

    • Hi Aleah. I asked that question, and was told yes. However, I have been to village schools in the past and I don’t remember seeing any of the kids in their traditional outfits.

  9. My daughter really likes playing with plastic bags, too — either also putting them on her head like a hat or else using it as a makeshift balloon to bounce in the air. I think the photo of the two girls lying on the mats is especially adorable. I wonder what they’re pretending. I like that the kids weren’t posing or asking for money. At first, I assumed that was why they were dressed up so nicely.

    • Hi Michele. I never realized that plastic bags held such appeal! All of these kids were very nice, and it was great that they weren’t trying to take us for money.

  10. Such precious photos of the children. This is my first time linking up. Thanks for hosting.

    • Hi Patty, and welcome. I hope you enjoy the link-up and make it a regular thing! 🙂

  11. These children are adorable! Love their costumes.

    • Hi Kathy. Thanks! They are pretty special.

    • Hi Kathy! They are definitely special.

  12. Nancie, Those outfits are amazing…all the handwork that goes into them. Beautiful!

    • Hi Corinne. They really are intricate, aren’t they? I can only imagine how long it take to make one by hand.

  13. They are just adorable, and I’m in love with their embroidered clothing. Such incredible details, all stitched with love. Darling photos!

    • Hi Betsy. The traditional clothes are gorgeous, and many are still made by hand.

  14. I love it, particularly the boy with the plastic bag on his head. Actually we have one also in Chiang Mai at a temple with a school group, and yep, one child has a plastic bag on his head.

    • Hi Paula. I don’t know what it is with the plastic bags 🙂 I just returned from Chiang Mai. I was there for two months this winter, and really missing it. Do you live in CM, or visiting?

  15. it’s interesting to see that kids in these situations, for all the disadvantages they have, they do have a lot of freedom and what we would call “unstructured play time” and less direct adult oversight. That is one way in which they are lucky. i love the outfits.

    • Hi Eileen. They do seem to be allowed to play without too much adult supervision. Although, I have to say there are lots of adults around, and they do watch over them.

      • Hi, Yes, this is why said “direct” oversight. you do get the sense that “it takes a village” really happens in these… villages.

  16. I was expecting something totally different from the title- I gravitate to the low-tech. Those kids are precious!

  17. Great photos Nancie, thanks! Don’t see phone booths much anymore.

  18. Loved all these great photos of children in their traditional clothes with nary a gadget in sight doing what kids do – playing, exploring and just having fun!

  19. I love their costumes! Thanks for sharing your day among those children!

  20. Lovely and fun photos! Looking at the beautiful clothes, these children are not considered poor (in their country) – glad I found your meme. Since it’s non on Thurs. and link is already closed, the link is probably open on Wed.?

    • Hi Jesh! Welcome. Paste your link in this week’s, which was published yesterday 🙂

  21. Really love the photos of the children. Surprised to see such non-traditional clothing : )


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