Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday; week 218 (03/12/2015). Anyone who travels slow, like I do, gets to know the local culture, and how many of the locals make their living. I never tire of wandering around Chiang Mai, and Northern Thailand watching and photographing locals going about their everyday living, and almost always this means ‘making a living’. This week I am featuring a few of my favorite shots of the locals going about their work day. Most were taken in Chiang Mai. However, I have also included shots from two other Northern Thailand towns: Doi Pui and Mae Chaem.
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Women with sewing machines set-up on the side of the road are not all that uncommon in Chiang Mai, and most of them do a very brisk business. This sewing shop is a husband and wife team. She does most of the sewing, and I’m not quite sure what he does. They are located only about 10 minutes from where I was living, on the street running along the side of Wat Chiang Man, and always busy. I had her replace a zipper for me, and 4 buttons on a blouse. The zipper took 24 hours. The buttons she did while I waited. Fantastic repair work and each job was about $1.00! Great place to take those favorite pants with the split rear! 🙂 They are generally open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday.
This onion vendor calls Muang Mui Market home, located on the Ping River next door to the U.S. embassy. She looks a little sad and weepy. If I was surrounded by all those onions, I would be too!
This mobile coffee shop roams the streets of downtown Chiang Mai serving up freshly brewed, a cup at a time, steaming Arabic coffee. The vintage Volkswagen is covered with historical tidbits about Vietnam, and Ho Chi Minh himself graces the coffee cup. I have no idea why they chose to feature Vietnam history and not Thai history. The business was only about 2 weeks old the day I found them, so I hope they became a huge success!
I love these kind of random shots. I have to assume that they had been at the local market, and now heading to their restaurant or food stall to begin prepping for the lunch crowd.
Loading down the motorbike with fresh produce at Muan Mai Market, Chiang Mai.
Chiang Mai’s newest market, located in the old city at the library behind Three King’s Monument, is the Farmer’s Organic Market on Friday from noon until 7pm. This vendor serves up awesome piping hot organic coffee at less than a buck a cup. You can drink your coffee while you tap your feet in time to the local music playing between about 2pm and 6pm.
Hill Tribe vendors selling handmade jewelry and trinkets at a local market.
The hill tribe women are known for their intricate weaving and needle work. I snapped the weavers in Mae Chaem, and the women doing the needle work in Doi Pui. Because their homes are often poorly lit they generally do their needle work outside, where the sun reigns supreme.
This lady wasn’t very busy in her Doi Pui tea shop, so she was buying tickets from the local ticket seller. I hope this was the big winner! By the smile on her face I think she’s convinced that it is 🙂
And last but not least…here we have a flower seller in Chiang Mai hauling his wagon of beautiful, bright flowers around on foot!
Thai, and I think many Asians, are generally hard workers. They don’t seem to be afraid of a bit of hard work and will do what it takes to provide for themselves and their families. Sadly, I think that the hand weaving and needlework is on the decline (much of it now done by machine). If you are in Thailand, don’t hesitate to take home a piece or two as a special souvenir.
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