It occurred to me today that I never got around to posting all my photos from Thailand. Which is a shame, because I traveled through some amazing places, including off-the-beaten tourist path experiences that can only come from travelling with a Thai family and living in a village for an extensive period of time. So I begin to make amends for my neglect by posting the photos from our road trip through the Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai provinces of far northern Thailand, deep into the mountainous border region near Myanmar.
This trip was a gift from my friend Chip’s mother for the handful of us Americans that made the long journey to Bangkok for Chip and Tim’s wedding, my longtime college friends. We stayed in a Thai home an hour outside of Chiang Mai, shopped for our meals at local markets, learned the shrewd art of bargaining from Chip’s mother, sampled street food, and spent the night at an orange grove in the depths of a rainy season mountain downpour. Of course, Thais like to be tourists in their own country and it was fascinating to see which tourist sites excited Chip’s family. We explored the orchids of a botanical garden, ascended into the colorful, misty world of Doi Suthep’s hilltop temple, spelunked through an ancient cave monastery, rode elephants at a touristy (and potentially controversial) elephant park, and browsed the markets of a border town.
It was an absolute blast.
To view the photos, click on the link below: