Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Chinese New Year in Chiang Mai

Yesterday we had the unusual option of going to Chinatown for the New Year festivities, the Sunday night market or the regular ol’ tourist night market.

We decided to check out Chinatown and then go to the weekly night market near the old wall that surrounded the city in yesteryear.

Chinatown had it all.  There were little girls singing in New Year’s day contests, lots of food (dim sum, yum) and lots of red pigs.

 China Town 2

This is Chinatown

Cooking up some big squid!

China Town Food Stall 1

Check her out.  Making that crazy Pad Thai!  Lots of it.

This lady sells you food.  You’ll get sick for a long time. jk

After that we headed over to the Sunday Night market with lots of stalls. I think I described it a few days ago as having hundreds of stalls but thousands of stalls is more accurate.

As we approach you can see the old city wall and the gate.

Sunday Night Market Gates

Stalls all decked out with colors and lights.

Night Market Walk

And here is good ol Francie shopping.  I was relieved because this year she didn’t get into any arguments while bartering (well, I guess it could happen next week).  I would love to say we got deported because Francie was arguing too much about baht.

Night Market Shop 1

Here is a great view from a top of the old city wall.

Night Market View 2

This video really shows a great view of Chiang Mai traffic on one side of the wall and some of the shopping on the other side.  Here is a cool pic of some of the traffic (if traffic can be cool).

Night Market Traffic 1

Since Jen is leaving tomorrow she did quite a bit of shopping and bought earrings, a skirt, spices, a nice box and other odds and end.  Francie and I had a brownie. 

I think this is my favorite picture from the day.  The top of an umbrella with a dragon firecracker going off above it.  These were large firecrackers that slowly got higher and higher.  Nice thing about them, besides being rather beautiful, was no noise. 

Umb and Firework

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February 19, 2007 - Posted by | Misc, Photography, Travel

3 Comments »

  1. Happy New Year friends!

    Randy and I had a NY brunch yesterday, cooked up a storm and welcomed in the Year of the Pig (We’re counting Squeaky as a lucky “pig” for 2007)with lots of food and champagne.

    Its tradition to wish good luck, fortune, best of health and happiness to your friends and loved ones. And so I wish the same to the both of you! May you be prosperous and may your MacDonalds and Peanut Butter dreams come true.

    Ps. There has been a fairly large, nationwide samonella outbreak within the last week. The culprit? Peter Pan Peanut Butter.

    Comment by Weezie | February 19, 2007 | Reply

  2. 84 and sunny does have its benifits…

    snow at Mt. Baker
    Sunday 2/18: 15 inches
    Monday 2/19: 13 inches
    Tuesday 2/20: 14 inches
    Wednesday 2/21: 7 inches

    Comment by Rob | February 21, 2007 | Reply

  3. Oh this post made me miss Chiang Mai so much! The people, the markets… everything except the choking pollution. Have you invested in one of those surgical masks yet? Next time I catch a tuk-tuk in Thailand I will have one!

    Comment by Justine | February 23, 2007 | Reply


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