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?
Born to ride! 🙂
What kid doesn’t love playing in the water?
I’m not sure what happened to his buddy.
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.
We ran into these two on our way back to the taxi. 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!
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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