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08 Nov 08 We flew back to Thailand from Nepal on 30 Oct 08, and we’re staying for awhile with Joshua & Cindy in Bangkok. Today we visit a building made in honor of Thailand’s beloved King’s sister who died recently. She’ll be cremated this month.
08 Nov 08 Here’s a few of the photographers taking photos of the cremation building in the previous photo.
11 Nov 08 After a fifteen-hour train ride, we’re now in far north Thailand, in Chiang Mai. Randy from Kenai, Alaska met up with us here and we saw him a few times in the next few days. We got to know Randy when he rented us our Kenai camping spot for a month in Aug 07. Randy loved Chiang Mai as we do.
08 Nov 08 A little of the Royal Palace in Bangkok shows in this photo.
11 Nov 08 A dancer in one of the Loi Krathong parades.
11 Nov 08 We’re at celebrations of Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai. This photo shows a photo of the King’s deceased sister.
11 Nov 08 One of the dances in the parade.
11 Nov 08 This Thai woman participated in the Loi Krathong parade in Chiang Mai.
11 Nov 08 Thai men carry luminaries and floats in the parade.
11 Nov 08 Thai women in traditional dress in the Loi Krathong parade.
12 Nov 08 We went to “Three Kings Square” in Chiang Mai for some of the Loi Krathong activities. This photo shows Three Kings statue.
12 Nov 08 Lori helps a Thai family launch a luminary.
12 Nov 08 Grilled squid and cuttle fish for sale. They’re chewy and taste great.
12 Nov 08 Three little Thai girls at Three Kings Square.
12 Nov 08 Fish, ready to eat!
12 Nov 08 Another food stand at Three Kings Square.
12 Nov 08 Loi Krathong celebration traditional dress show.
12 Nov 08 Lori pays for food at a foodstall at Three Kings Square.
13 Nov 08 One of the main Buddhas in Wat Bupparom.
13 Nov 08 Here’s a view from inside the grounds of the Bupparom Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. What colors!
13 Nov 08 And another Buddha in Wat Bupparom.
13 Nov 08 This is one of the dragon staircases in Wat Bupparom.
13 Nov 08 These four paintings form an angled pyramid at the top of the ceiling at a building at Wat Chang Kong. I put the camera on the floor of the building and used a time exposure to get this photo.
13 Nov 08 This is the main Buddha in another temple in Chiang Mai, Wat Chang Kong.
13 Nov 08 We’re back on the street for another parade celebrating Loi Krathong. We met these two lovely people, Tahnat & Surapa, on the street watching the parade. Surapa is a professor at Chiang Mai University and Tahnat is retired and works as a volunteer at Wat Lok Molee, another Buddhist temple in Chiang Mai. We fast became friends and met up with them twice again in Chiang Mai. Surapa recommended several sights in Chiang Mai that we eventually visited.
13 Nov 08 Here’s one of many wall paintings in the main building at Wat Chang Kong.
13 Nov 08 This is a float in one of the Loi Krathong parades.
13 Nov 08 Here’s another dancer in one of the Loi Krathong parades.
17 Nov 08 We found a small temple with a white Buddha while on a venture in our rented motorcycle in the mountains west of Chiang Mai. Part of the white Buddha shows in the background of this photo--Buddhas in-the-making show in the foreground.
15 Nov 08 The Thail King’s beloved Sister died and was to be cremated in Bangkok. This shrine was built at Wat Suandok in Chiang Mai to honor her.
17 Nov 09 We’ve driven our motorcycle into the mountains northwest of Chiang Mai to the Buddhist temple Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. These dragons adorn the lower steps of the long staircase up to the temple.