Chaing Mai, Thailand

Chris Alwin James

Had the great fortune to travel with friends to Thailand. These images are a set of two, this second set from Chaing Mai, an amazingly cultural side of Thailand.

Flying from Phuket, we then began our second leg of the journey, in Chaing Mai! :D And I have to say, the time spent here was definitely magical. While Phuket is quite famous and touristy, there something quite traditional and cultural about Chaing Mai. It's quite a beautiful place.

We were also quite lucky to meet Udom, a taxi driver on our trip from the airport to our hotel.. who would then be our guide for the next 3 days we stayed there. And he definitely knew all the awesome spots to check out! :D

We stayed at De Naga Hotel, which was quite a uniquely designed place! Quite the pleasent experience. :)

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Some seriously intricate designs at this hotel!

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

First Thai Massage ever.. And by back sure reminded me of that for a while to come..

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Out and about in the city by night. :)

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Such a curiously amazing skill, making flowers out of soap, being hand painted and put in these little lovely boxes.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

This place was pretty neat! :D

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Such majesty..

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Ahhh so cute and playful! :D

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Those eyes...

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Ready to pounce.. Honestly this was a frightening sight.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

This was an amazing experience!

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

These cubs were adorable! :)

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Lunch.. while we watch the tigers play.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Juranimo!

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

We then continued on to the Golden Temple.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

When in Rome.. I guess. :P

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

It's quite inspiring to see their faith. :)

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Such a cute fella! :D

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

The steps to Doi Suthep.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

3 +1 Happy Bhuddas

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Sun flare :)

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

End the night off with a cheese base pizza! :D

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

.. and finally get the opportunity to ride the elephants! And that too, bare back.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Bathing the elephants was one of the funnest experiences! They're such intelligent and playful beings! :)

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
<3 Rice
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

And then headed to the Cotton Factory. Learning about how it's made.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

And finally went to the silk factory, to learn how that's made.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Generations of design artists, don't need any helper tools like rulers.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

A classic old machine we found sitting around the restaurant that night "The Whole World"

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

And off we go on another adventure! This time to an area even further north of Chaing Mai. To Chaing Rai

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

First stop, hot springs. :)

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

And we reach the White Temple of Chaing Rai.. This is some seriously amazing architechture and detail.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Quite the creepy vibe on the outsite..

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

It's an interesting story.. From what I understand, it's seems like a highlight of how there's evil in the external world, and the guardians on the bridge stop evils sprits from passing. And this bridge is a one way track, people aren't allowed to walk back.. Just the same way spirits can't come back from this bridge.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

A dire situation.. Quite explicit imagery.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

The guardians of the bridge, keeping unworthy spirtits out.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Beautiful symmetry.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Ying Yang! :D

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Wishing well..

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Getting photos with the architect.

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Ladies in the Long Neck tribe can wear about 4kg around their neck in these springs..

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

"I've found you brother!" ~ Kids playing hide and seek

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Sundown :)

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography
chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

Our last nights spent making it rain! :D

chaing mai, thailand holiday  by Chris A James Photography

And then the clean-up. :P


Phuket, Thailand