Chiang Mai’s Quirky Street Art

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Destinations, Thailand - Chiang Mai, Travel Photo Thursday | 31 comments

Chiang Mai’s Quirky Street Art…

Here we are for the 175th week of Travel Photo Thursday! I want to say thank you to everyone who has contributed to keeping this weekly virtual tour going. What I really love is the amount of visiting, commenting, and sharing that goes on. Very few contributors simply link and run. I know that we’ve all made some wonderful virtual friendships through this weekly meet-up, and for some, those friendships have extended into the world beyond the blogosphere. I’m looking forward to week 200, but in the interim, we all have some linking, commenting, and sharing to do!  This week I’m going to share with you some of  the quirky and fun street art I’ve encountered in my walks around Chiang Mai.  Most of it seems to be erected by various businesses.

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Not sure why Mr. Piggy is so happy. He’s advertising for a shop that sells his cousins in bulk!


Street Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Am I going to severed by a retired sumo wrestler in a thong? ewwwwwwwww….


Neimmenhamein Road, Chiang Mai



Wawee Coffee is a franchise with numerous locations throughout Chiang Mai. Every location of I have passed has one of these mascots out front. I think it looks like a kid having a temper tantrum! 



Chiang Mai Street Art



Not quite on the street,  but I love these elephant statues on the lawn of a restaurant that fronts on the Ping River…


Elephant Mascots, Chiang Mai, Thailand




Bangkok Airways have dyed their panda! 🙂 It’s all in the name of corporate branding, I guess!


Bangkok Airways Panda Bear Mascot, Chiang Mai, Thailand




Not sure what this ‘guy’s” purpose is. Ran into him in a lot across from Chiang Mai’s new Maya Mall. He seems to be saying “at your service”.


Street Art, Chiang Mai



Loved this doll sitting out a shop that sells her “sisters” in many different sizes. 


Doll Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand



On the door of Glang-Viang Gallery in the old city…


Chiang Mai Street Art



Ronald is always culturally correct in Thailand!


Ronald MacDonald doing the wai in Chiang Mai, Thailand



Not technically street art, but I love them all!


Found this fella in a temple at the base of a stupa. He looks to be a cross between a water buffalo and a pig!


Temple Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Another temple findI’ve never seen so many rooster statues in one place!

Chiang Mai Temple Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand


Finally, what city worth mentioning wouldn’t be protected by THE MAN!?

Chiang Mai Street Art, Chiang Mai, Thailand



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  1. I am astounded at this street art. Never in a million years did I think Chiang Mai would have gimmicky street sculptures. The clay creature has curly sheep horns as well. Guess he is meant to represent all animals. 🙂

    • Hi Jan, You could be right about “curly ears”! 🙂 I never took much notice to all the street art until this past winter. Maybe a lot of it has just started popping up.

  2. I like the Sumo wrestler dude, the elephants and those roosters. Ronald McDonald not so much. 🙂

    Congrats on #175! I’ve only participated perhaps a couple dozen times but do appreciated the virtual friendships and camaraderie that’s resulted. Onward to #200 and beyond! 🙂

    • Hi Bob and thanks! It’s great having you here. One of the nice things about Travel Photo Thursday is you can drop whenever you want 🙂

  3. Hi Nancie, thank you so much for hosting this weekly link up. I’m thankful to have found it and to meet other wonderful travel bloggers. I enjoy sharing and learning from travels of others. I didn’t realize that I would create a circle of friends through blogosphere.
    And thank you for this delightful post. It has the kind of quirkiness I didn’t expect in Chiang Mai. Mr Piggy and the accompanying caption made me chuckle And oh, I so admire the culturally correct Ronald:)

    • Hi Marisol! It’s my pleasure to host Travel Photo Thursday. I’m so glad you enjoyed the quirky side of Chiang Mai.

  4. I am also amazed at the look of the street in CM but I do like Ronald and Superman. . .congrats on 175 – looking forward to 200 and beyond. We are in the land of limited internet so will do my reading and commenting after we hit Istanbul!

    • Hi Jackie…I hope you and Joel will be getting to see some of Istanbul. It’s been on my list for a while. You’ve had an awesome trip through Greece!

  5. It’s amazing your linky has been goin g so long, well done! I only joined about 6 weeks ago but even in that time I’ve discovered blogs and bloggers that I love, including yours of course, and I hope to go on to make long lasting relationships. Thank you! As for this post, I’m not a fan of the cutesy art that seems so popular in Asia but I love the roosters, they’re great!

    • Hi Phoebe! Great to have you linking up, and it’s nice to hear that you’re discovering some great blogs and bloggers.

  6. I’m very impressed at how long you’ve kept #TPThursday going. I have definitely met some great people because of you.
    That’s an eclectic bunch of street art – and I think my fave has to be the roosters.

    • Hi Leigh…I love the roosters, too! When I started this link up I never even thought about how long it might go on. I’m happy that it’s still going strong.

  7. Thank you so much for hosting this Link Up each week, even on weeks where you are extremely busy. I have a picture of Ronald McDonald in Chiang Mai, too. I haven’t seen any of the others, and I’m sure that my kids would have demanded a photo with Superman if we had come across him. That clay animal is my fave. The roosters remind me of this place in Austin, Texas that was know for its flock of fake flamingos on its front lawn.

    • Hi Michele! I always enjoy reading your Thursday posts. Superman is in a new mall away from the downtown. You may not have gotten out there, and I’m not sure how well known the mall is. It seemed to be only open after 5pm.

  8. Oh, these made me smile! I particular love the pig at the beginning, but they’re all great -I love street art. Thanks so much for hosting Travel Photo Thursdays, it’s a really great link up and I’ve discovered so many great blogs because of it!

    • Hi Molly! Thanks for being a contributor. I’m really liking your blog!

  9. Time sure flies, Nancie. But it’s all been fun and you’re right — very few people just link and run and we’ve created a lovely community here too. Glad to be part of this linkup. Not sure when I joined or how I even heard about it but I’m glad I did. Hope we can meet in person one of these days.

    I’m not sure which of these I like more. They all made me smile. The elephants reminded me of the cows we had in NY a few years ago. These business owners have a delightful sense of humor.

    Happy May Day!

    • Hi Marcia,

      Yeah, it would be nice to meet in person one of these days. Sorry that I didn’t get to link up to your Foodie Tuesday this week, but time slipped away this week!

  10. I love street art, especially when it involves cute characters. (^_^)

    Thank you for this weekly meeting, I’m still enjoying it like the first time.

    • Hi! I always enjoy your posts, and glad that you are part of our weekly event.

  11. I loved this collection! What fun and quirky art. I’m looking forward to posing next to Ronald McDonald in Thailand.The elephants look like ones I’ve seen here for a fundraising called the Elephant parade. Thank you for hosting this wonderful link-up every week and the resulting virtual friendships.

    • Hi Mary! I think that the elephants are from the elephant parade. I bet you kids will have fun posing with Ronald!

  12. I love coming across treasures such as these. I especially enjoyed superman in the phone booth!

  13. I love all of these statues. I especially like Ronald McDonald and Superman. Thank you for the opportunity to leave my link 🙂

  14. Now that’s some crazy street art. Were the roosters for sale? Why so many? Ron McDonald is so funny, but correctly bowing. Love it.

  15. I love these larger-than-life characters. What a collection!

  16. You are one of the people I had the chance to meet in person thanks to our respective blogs. I’m glad our time in Chiang Mai overlapped. I also have a photo of an apparently Buddhist Ronald McDonald from the Bangkok Airport — my first, “Toto, we’re not in Philadelphia anymore” moment.

  17. My favorite photo was the bright pink pig although I enjoyed all of your cultural advertisements. Lots of fun! We actually have Chiang Mai in our 2015 plans and your photos have made me even more interested in seeing the city for ourselves.

  18. What interesting statues and paintings. My favourites are the elephants and Superman in the phone booth.

  19. Street art is so cool and you have such a neat collection here. I really love the roosters.

  20. I always find it interesting what I miss when I visit a place. I don’t recall seeing any of these. Do you happen to remember which temple it was that you saw all the roosters? What I saw in Chiang Mai,


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