Welcome to week 162 of Travel Photo Thursday. The firecrackers have been going off fast and furious this morning, as Chiang Mai’s Chinese community prepares for this weekends Chinese New Year festivities. I was trying to remember how many years I’ve been in town for these celebrations, and I’m guessing 5 0r 6. The weekend is sure to be fun with the parade tomorrow, a concert in the middle of Chinatown, and the huge street food area serving up delicious food. However, I digress! Thailand has been in the news a lot these days, and it’s far from good news. The demonstrations in Bangkok, which have resulted in a February 2nd election being called, have sadly claimed lives and injured many. Here in Chiang Mai there have been daily gatherings at Chang Phuak Gate. Thankfully, they have been peaceful. I’m sharing with you today just a few of the random shots that took one day during my travels around the city. For any travelers thinking of traveling into Chiang Mai right now, you can see from these shots that all is peaceful at the moment. Election day is February 2nd.
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Waiting for the speeches to begin. The atmosphere was almost festive.
He spoke passionately for the cause…
And this is exactly what it’s all about…
Have you ever traveled in a country when there were major demonstrations and/or political related gatherings going on? Have you ever canceled or postponed your travel plans because of demonstrations?
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