I took off from East Timor, rather tired out and thinner than I've been in years, looking for something to put add inches to my waist and energy to my fortitude. I found a little of the first, and lots of the second, in Thailand, where I always seem to find myself recovering when I'm worn thin. This time, I had great friends to visit in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and of course Bangkok. I even managed a short trip to the Burmese border. Below, you can see a few images from the fun I had in and around one of humanity's most complex creations, the asian megalopolis. From the canals winding underneath crowded traffic-bound streets, to the street vendors selling the most delicious food in the world for pennies, in the shadows of some of the tallest buildings in the world, to the peaceful temples and fanciful king's palaces, this is truly an exotic land, despite the full-blown modernism gripping the city.
|Old Bus||Even a little Chinese Opera||Lighting Insense||Blessing||Year of the Monkey|
|Offerings||Chinese New Year -- The Year of the Monkey||Fast Transport||Clambering On||New Rama Bridge|
|Wat Arun||Serious Travel Critic||River Transport||Queen's Craft Center||Queen's Chair|
|Masks||Crowd Pleaser||Laquer Mask||Ganesha||Carving|
|King and Queen||Fighting Elephants||Stupa of Dawns Past||Teak Rice Barges||King's Canoe|
|Intricate wood-work||Lotus Blossom||Naa Looks Out||Bird Wat|
|Singha Bottling Factory||Fishing, Smoke Stacks||View Along the River|