Chiang Mai, Thailand

I recently spent one week in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second largest city, to escape the Korean winter and get a break from work. One of the highlights was getting to play with tigers.

Getting in a cage with a tiger...nice!

Getting in a cage with a tiger...nice!

I had to sign a waiver, but was then able to get as close as I wanted to the tigers. The tiger in the previous picture is only nine months old, but already quite large. The next photo is of another nine month old, taking a catnap.

Tiger caught sleeping.

Tiger caught sleeping.

I couldn’t get enough of these tigers, so after getting out of the cage of the nine month olds, I paid a few hundred more baht to see the six month olds. Still so young, but I think this could still hurt.

Baby teeth...

Baby teeth...

The Tiger Kingdom is located a dozen miles outside of Chiang Mai and is where zoo tigers in Thailand come to have their babies. Once they are sufficiently old, the cubs are sent to other zoos in Thailand and around the world. Or such is my understanding.

The Chiang Mai zoo is also a pretty cool place, and also has an aquarium. This fish was quite ugly, and I’m still not sure where its eyes are. I’d hate to have an encounter with it while snorkeling…it’s bigger than I am, hopefully uglier, and scary enough in an aquarium alone.

One ugly fish, in a staring contest.

One ugly fish, in a staring contest.

Another highlight was going to see muay thai (Thai martial arts) matches. One thing I wasn’t expecting to see were young children in fighting bouts, one of them ending in a KO. Here is one of the youngest fighters:

Young Muay Thai fighter

Young Muay Thai fighter

The kids’ match that ended in a KO:

Muay Thai match between two kids

Muay Thai match between two kids

The main fight, Thailand vs. Sweden. The latter won.

Muay Thai...a lot of kicking involved.

Muay Thai...a lot of kicking involved.

Chiang Mai also has a lot of beautiful temples. I’ll finish this post with these shots:

Buddha statue at Wat Chedi Luang

Buddha statue at Wat Chedi Luang

Bells at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Bells at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Flowers at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Flowers at Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Painted Buddha, Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Painted Buddha, Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Golden bells and blue sky, Wat Chedi Luang

Golden bells and blue sky, Wat Chedi Luang

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~ by nathanhendrix on February 16, 2009.

One Response to “Chiang Mai, Thailand”

  1. Nice post Nathan! Your pics are great. I haven’t yet made it to Chiang Mai, but everyone talks about how great it is. Hope you’re enjoying Korea!

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