A Farang in Lampang, Thailand – Photo Slideshow Posted

To complete my limited circuit of northern Thailand, I stopped in Lampang. At first glance, the city appears to cater to tourists, the streets of the central old city patrolled by horse-drawn carriages. Yet it’s also a city that doesn’t seem to care that tourists are in their midst, a sprawling modern den of noise, traffic, fumes, and people. I prefer Lampang like this, as if I showed up an unexpected house guest and she shrugged, opened the door, and threw together a last-minute guest room and party.

My daily routine for 3 days gave me an artificial sense of belonging. I would walk through the morning market down the road from my guesthouse, haggling over fruit and watching the monks make their early morning alms rounds lugging their massive bowls. Across the river, a brief conversation with the lady selling me the Bangkok Post who greeted me like a regular on my last day, and an espresso at the local coffee shop. After a leisurely stroll of old temples and shophouses, by day’s end I was mixing with people of all ages at the night market, not a tourist in sight, and sighing at the sunset over the river, a lone man wading into the blazing orange waters to check his fishing nets.

To view my photos of Lampang, including the pilgrimage temples 18 kilometers out-of-town, click on the link: Lampang 2015


About chronictraveler

Chronic Traveler starts as a dream, one that I thought I had lost, but that has slowly changed into a mission to realize and live that dream every day. In December 2007 I became seriously ill and the doctors did not know what was causing my illness. I had to stop teaching as my life tumbled into a never-ending nightmare of doctors, hospitals and tests. Finally, in May 2008 I was diagnosed with a chronic condition - fibromyalgia. I was only 26 years old at the time. I have had to give up teaching, and now work part-time at a performing arts center as I learn how to manage my condition and improve my quality of life. What helped me through the months of uncertainty and sickness, and continues to inspire me, was a new focus on what truly mattered to me: family, friends, gardening, the arts, and especially travel. I have always fed my soul by traveling, ever since I first stepped off the plane at age 16 in Kathmandu, Nepal to help with an orphanage's building project. Meeting new people and experiencing how they live and how they view the world infuses my life with a richness I was so afraid I would lose when the doctor first said, "You have fibromyalgia". This blog is my story, as I begin to forge a new path. I am embracing my life as it is, with the fibromyalgia pain and fatigue, and learning to do what I love regardless. It may mean I have to go slower and take more naps or breaks! But I am determined to learn how to travel and experience the world, and hopefully what I learn will help others like me who believe their medical condition stands in the way of their travel dreams.
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