Chiang Rai and Northern Thailand

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Wat Pra Kaew - or - Wat Phra Kaeo
Chiang Rai
Wat Phra Kaeo Bronze Buddha Buddhas on the platform A Buddha disfigured by gold leaf A big bell outside at Wat Pra Kaew But this gong bongs!

Wat Klang Wiang
Chiang Rai
Wat Klang Wiang is full of pessimistic signs A chedi in the Indian style, with Buddhas in niches and elephants The elephants are nicely gilded, After the pessimism, a nice sentiment

More Chiang Rai

Wat Pra Sing - or- Phra Singh Pedicab tour of Chiang Rai A wheeled float ready for a parade Hot or cold?

Doi Tung, the late Princess Mother's Palace
In the far north of Thailand
Doi Tung

Ban Poang Paa Khaem, a Yao Village
Just off route 1089
We bought the dolls, so she posed Spinning and weaving in the Yao village Annual repair to a thatched roof

Doi Mae Salong
A town with Nationalist refugees from China
Doi Mae Salong Picturesque souvenir hawkers

Akha women in the market in Doi Mae Salong

Akha woman on her way to the market There's a big market, with many Akha sellers And an Akha eater One more Akha

A playground 13 km east of Doi Mae Salong
- with basketball backboard
A swing was in use at this plot, and many Akha were there to prepare. Akha lined up for a photographer, (not for me). Singing and swaying

On the boat ride to Baan Ruam Mid

From the boat ride to Baan Ruam Mid Tha Chiang Rai beach, I think for a picnic lunch or just a rest.

Riding an Elephant in Baan Ruam Mid

Baan Ruam Mid Max and Gloria on the elephant path The elephant doesn't seem happy to have us. Two other tourists, with mahout, in the river.

Butchering a Pig (Warning: graphic content)
in Baan Ruam Mid
(Warning: next few photos have graphic content)<br>New Year's Eve is time for a big pork dinner. Poke around with a knife to find her heart.  Slaughter in Baan Ruam Mid Catch the blood in a saucepan Press out the blood and transfer it to a bucket Clean up Then use boiling water and spoons to scrape off the hair.

Chiang Saen - Wat Chedi Luang

Chiang Saen: Wat Chedi Luang, or Wat Phra That Chedi Luang This is the Chedi, or stupa, wrapped for cool season Modern Buddhas in the main building It surprised me to see the King stashed in a garage

Chiang Saen - Wat Phra Chao Lan Thong

Chiang Saen - Wat Phra Chao Lan Thong Three-headed Naga (serpent) decorates the Wat  A Naga on each side of the entrance

Chiang Saen - Hindu Temple

Right next door is this similar Hindu temple A side entrance to the Hindu temple Inside the Hindu temple, a lignam

Chiang Saen, outside the city wall: Wat Pa Sak

Wat Pa Sak - detail of the main chedi Wat Pa Sak - niche in the main chedi Wat Pa Sak Wat Pa Sak The only Buddha I can remember being outside, uncovered.

At the Mekong River in Chiang Saen, across from Laos

Gloria won't look at Laos across the river A few Lao have crossed the Mekong

Sob Ruak, Overlooking the Golden Triangle
Myanmar + Laos + Thailand
The Golden Triangle is beyond Hanging out to have their picture taken for a fee This pair sings At Sob Ruak, they're using some of the tourist money to build a huge Buddha

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