Travel Photo Thursday — January 16th, 2014 — Chiang Mai’s Smiles, Laughs, and OH MYs

Posted by on Jan 16, 2014 in Featured, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Travel Photo Thursday | 36 comments

Chiang Mai’s Smiles, Laughs, and Oh Mys…

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday, our 160th episode. I’m still relaxing here in Chiang Mai, and loving every moment. This week I’m straying away from the food. However, if you have missed any of my recent Chiang Mai foodie posts…Brown Rice Organic Bistro,  Chiang Mai Street Food Episode 1Chiang Mai Street Food Episode 2. Just to show you all that I do something besides eat  (not much mind you!) I give you a few recent shots that made me smile, laugh, or think OH MY (while I was laughing and smiling!)

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Of course, the first laugh has to be food related.  With all the English speaking Expats in Chiang Mai you’d think that all of the English signage would be perfect. Signs like these really are part of the city’s charm, and always make for a smile and a chuckle.

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Next we have the latest winter fashion trends from our furry friends. Yes, they really do get cold here in Chiang Mai!

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A public service announcement for all us walkers! Seriously, I wanted to thank whoever added this chair to the crater; one less hole to fall into!

The Streets of Chiang Mai

Marilyn has taken up residence at one of Chiang Mai’s newest malls…OH MY!

Marilyn in Chiang Mai

Finally, an unexpected encounter (who would have thought?)

They really own ATM cards?

They really own ATM cards?

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  1. I love signs that make me smile. Great post. Who would have thought Marilyn would be in Chiang Mai, let alone as a Santa Helper 🙂 Good One.

  2. These are great! I love the latest in dog fashion and that sign. I’m not sure that monk was happy with you 🙂 I’m glad you’re enjoying your relaxing time in Chiang Mai. Have a great week!

    • Hi Mary! Your right, he was definitely giving me the evil eye!

  3. Dog coats in Thailand – I never would have guessed! Love funny signs too and snap them whenever I see them. You really can break an ankle on some of those sidewalks though I have to say in Calgary we’d need a platoon of chairs right now. It’s warmed up so much that everything is melting but there is still a layer of ice on the sidewalks so I need Yaxtrax to walk my dog around the block. But I digress.

    Enjoy your holiday.

    • Hi Leigh! Yes, the dog coats (and sometimes cats) are funny to see. They seem to love them. I do not miss the ice and snow at all. Do stay safe!

  4. I never thought it would be cold enough in Thailand for dogs to need coats – shows how much I know! great post. I enjoy traveling through your eyes. Sometimes you really get some funny signs. Have a great week.

    • Hi Jill! When they’re used to 30+Cel temps and it drops to 15cel that’s cold for them! I do find it weird to be walking around in light summer clothes when they’re dressed for winter 🙂

  5. What a great selection of photos! They all made me smile. And wouldn’t you know it? The week you don’t do food, I do?

    • Hi Jackie, and thanks! I can’t wait to see what you’ve “dished” up this week.

  6. Ha Ha Marilyn in Chiang Mai!And those doggie designer coats made me chuckle. Nothing I like better than humorous photos or signs to make me smile.

    • Hi Johanna! I’m sure Marilyn would be rolling over in her grave if she knew that she was in some tacky Thailand mall helping Santa! 🙂

  7. You’ve really snapped some ‘Oh My’ moments there, Nancie. I love your photos and the Travel Photo Thursday concept. Thanks for the opportunity to share 🙂

  8. Your photos bought a smile to my face too Nancie! I love the doggie fashion but would have thought that Chiang Mai was the last place you would need them! How cold does it get?

    • Hi Jenny! When I first arrived CM was in the middle of a cold snap. It was as low as 11C one night; hovered around 13c at night for a few weeks. I checked the temp this morning and at 6am it was 15c. Day time temps are high…27c+, so right now there is a big difference between day and night temps.

  9. So excited to find your Travel Photo Thursday link up, how fun! Excited to begin participating! I particularly love the photos of the pooches, they’re so very fashionable, even in their sleep!;-)

  10. Not sure if the monks at the ATM means that the alms-giving has been good or tht it has not been so good! I’ve seen and seen pictures of monks on cell phones and such, but the ATM is the first!

    • Hi Cindy! This was first for seeing them using an ATM, too. Times are changing. This past week I saw several sitting on the sidewalk smoking cigarettes. I was very surprised. I couldn’t get a photo, but I would have liked to.

  11. Too funny! I had to read that sign several times to find the error. 🙂 I read it as they intended it but I have to ask- did you try the spare rips soup? 🙂

    • Hi Tonya! No, I didn’t try the soup. Maybe I need to go back, and do just that.

  12. I suppose there are some rips you need and other that you can spare. Right? I love taking pictures of funny signs, too. And I agree that the monk might be giving you the evil eye.

    • HaHa Michelle! You are so right! Not sure I’m happy with getting the evil eye (:

  13. Marilyn, it appears, is “well traveled.”

  14. Ah…soups love this, I would try it all!

    • Hi Noel! It’s always difficult to choose just one at lunch or dinner 🙂

  15. christmas Marilyn. 🙂

    and for the last image ….no begging nowadays I guess.

    • The monks still do daily alms. I guess we have to remember that not all monks are monks for life. Some do a few months and then go back into the regular world.

  16. I love the one of the monks…they need cash just like the rest of us!

    • Hi Marcia! Times have changed. Seeing monks our shopping in the stores is very common these days. I don’t know how much they buy, but they definitely look.

  17. O.k. I’ll play, Nancie (my new Chiang Mai bff) 😉 And perhaps next week… we can each post pics of that opium den in Chiang Rai!

    • Hi Dyanne, and welcome! Are we going to post those photos before or after we smoke? 🙂

  18. Hi Nancy, they all made me chuckle. I always find the signage in English pretty entertaining. I love the chair idea; I just hope nobody would have a mistake of sitting on it. I love the timing of your monk shot. I think that one monk was thinking, “Oh gee, we were found out. Now they now we’re a fraud.” 🙂

  19. Interesting photos. Usually I see only beautiful photos from Chaing Mai. Those dogs seem really random. Cool photos.


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