A few words about Chiang Mai. Thailand’s 2nd largest city, capital of the northern part of the country, it is a very pleasant city to spend a few days. The old city is surrounded by ancient walls, and in those 2 square kilometers (more or less) you have tens of temples to visit. To be completely honest after half a dozen I started to get a bit bored, and to entertain myself I started to take close up pictures of small statues and other artifacts, finding it easier than to photograph real moving people =). Results varied, but I could sometimes get interesting, slightly surreal effects.
Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai
In Chiang Mai there is this park called “Tiger Kingdom” where you can actually go fool around with big ass (or baby) tigers. Scary at first, but the beasts are controlled by some local tiger wizards and they’re actually pretty sleepy. The employees there say it is just because they were born in captivity, but we actually wondered if they also had a Prozac based diet.
Phuket is the biggest and most developed island of Thailand. It is located on the western coast in the Andaman sea (which makes it less rainy during the monsoon season – good to know if you’re in the area in june/july/august), and is just above the smaller islands of Ko Phi Phi (famous because the movie The Beach) was filmed there and Koh Lanta (famous because the first French version of survivor was filmed there, and since then it retained that name).