Saturday, February 18, 2012

Chiang Mai, I was at...

Just came back yesterday after spending a few days at Chiang Mai, northern Thailand...
Purpose was to thrash out the final details of a student program that we are experimenting with...
Thanks to our counterparts, I managed to meet several key persons and I am happy to say that the negotiations turned out very well...

In the off-hours, sneaked out to steal some shots of the happenings in town...

Before long, I could not help but to hear some traditional Thai music...
There was a 'big band' of about 15 musicians... guitars, cymbals, xylophones, keyboards, drums, traditional trumpets, gamelan-like percussions...  

It seemed like a religious event... people were praying and there was a make-shift Thai shrine set up just for this purpose...
And the dancers... so colorfully clothed, and their movements so graceful ... 
In the evening, took a stroll at the night market... 
I have seen quite a few night markets here and there, but this one in Chiang Mai, hmmm, should I say, really 'pulsates'?

There is really so, so much activity there... and the range of stuff sold there is immense... as in bags, clothes, accessories...
Tidbits... as in corn... dried squid...
 Sausages, anyone?

 Goodies on skewers...

 Decorative little bulbs... 

Fried noodles... now if I could only muster enough courage to try out stuff like these...