Welcome to week 239 of Travel Photo Thursday. Chiang Mai is a city that I have come to know and love over the years. Today I’m sharing with you just a few of the travel photo memories that any traveler visiting this beautiful northern Thai city will want to add to their collection.
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I can’t say it enough. If you want to experience the real Chiang Mai, get up and out early. Seeing the city wake up is truly magical.
The morning light over Wat Chedi Luang is so worth getting out of bed for! Do you know that the Chedi was the highest structure in Chiang Mai for 500 years?
Find a bench, close your eyes (after you take the photo!), and sit quietly while the monk rings in the new day.
The monks collecting morning alms is a daily occurrence throughout Chiang Mai. Step out of your hotel or guest house and you’re likely to see a neighborhood resident being blessed by a monk or two as he/she gives a food offering.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast of Kanom Krok (coconut pancakes) on Thapae Gate Road. I got to know this lovely street food vendor, and she always included one or two extra!
If you’re still hungry, go for some delicious moo ping. Easy to find on the street vendors serving up these succulent morsels in the morning, or try Somphet Market just inside the moat.
Chiang Mai markets are a photographers best friend. Here you’ll get to rub shoulders with the locals while deciding which of the luscious tropical fruit will tease your taste buds. I try to choose a different taste sensation everyday!
Again, early morning light is your best friend at the market (well, besides the friendly vendors!). Taken at the Myung Mae Market next to the U.S. Embassy, and across from the Ping River.
The golden chedis and stupas patiently await you.
One of my favorites is at Wat Chomphu (first left) on Chang Moi Road.
Finally, be sure to experience and capture the golden hues of sunset on the moat.
And your collection wouldn’t be complete without one of Chiang Mai’s laid back cats.
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