Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai

Postcards From Chiang Mai 2012

I am just about to zip off to Chiang Mai for the second time and I realized—I still haven’t shared any photos from the first time I went! The reason for this is simple: I was sick every day I was there in early 2012. I made the mistake of visiting during burning season and could hardly breathe the entire time I was there. I didn’t even know what was going on at the time, a consequence of my inexperience with extreme air pollution and the lack of a cell phone (on which I would have certainly read about it in the news as I did after returning to Bangkok) a few days later. “National Haze Crisis Declared”, the headlines read.

Golden Land
Inside the Walls of Chiang Mai

At any rate, I thought it might be interesting to dust off some of those old photos, retouch them a little, and share what little I saw of the most culturally significant city in northern Thailand before succumbing to the miasma. And here they are—a few images captured in those fleeting moments of lucidity between bouts of illness. May my next trip be much more fortunate than the last!

Overgrown Wall in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Central Temple Complex
Chiang Mai Street Scene
Overhanging the Moat Surrounding Chiang Mai
Vibrant Shades of Chiang Mai
Peeling Paint in Chiang Mai
Beware of Unlicensed Tour Guides
Chiang Mai Window Study
Naptime in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai Night Market at Dusk
Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Mai
Wat Chedi Luang, dating back to the 15th century, is an iconic site in the heart of old Chiang Mai.