Day31 Chiang Mai, Thailand

Motorbike/Motorcycle, SDA Church, Thailand, Travel No Comments
Distance Travelled 7.8km of local travel


This day we went to church in the morning and stayed for lunch.  There are a lot of young people who attend this church, as Chiang Mai is a university city, and the church has some accommodation for people who come here to study.  Notice all the shoes in front of the church.


In the evening we walked through town and looked at the Loi Kratong celebrations.  As with the previous night, there was a long procession through town.  In some of the photos you can also see the full moon.  It was a really spectacular sight.


What is interesting about the next picture is the candle balloon dropping back down on this busy road (on a bridge actually).  The four lane bridge was still open to traffic, but the cars had a hard time making their way through all the people.


Notice all the balloons in the sky.


Day30 Mae Sai to Chiang Mai, Thailand

Motorbike/Motorcycle, Thailand, Travel No Comments
Departure Time 8:51am
Departure Location Mae Sai, Thailand
Arrival Time 3:13pm
Arrival Location Chiang Mai, Thailand
Distance Travelled 315km plus 50km of local travel in Chiang Mai


On our trip from Mae Sai to Chiang Mai it was very scenic – we were driving through very flat terrain for the first part of the trip, but the the backdrop was often mountainous on the border with Myanmar or Laos.  We took the back country road, as the main highways are busy and not as interesting.  This picture shows a scene we saw often – farmers threshing their grain.


Then we came past a house that had burned down just before we got there.  There were lots of police cars, and the remains were still smoking.


The scenery was very interesting everywhere we went.


Once we got into Chiang Mai, preparations were well under way for Loi Kratong – the light festival.




The first picture is of a mobile ATM and Currency Exchange, the second is where we had dinner at a vegetarian restaurant.


After dinner with walked around town observing the Loi Kratong celebrations.  Here is a sample of the many photos I took.


As you can tell in this photo, Loi Kratong falls on a full moon.  This bridge is a one way street, but that doesn’t concern the motorbikes.


The streaks in the sky are the balloons with candles inside that are released by thousands of people.  The sky was constantly lit up by these hot air balloons.


There was also a large procession by different groups.


These people were waiting for the procession to start.