Thailand, I Love Your Beauty
This title sounds like a bad pick up line, but it’s true – I unabashedly love Thailand. Where else in the world can you stay in a nice clean room with a bathtub in the center of the city, but on a quiet street for $8, have a lovely vegetarian Thai dinner in a restaurant for $1.85, then get an hour long massage for $4.80? It’s ridiculously good here in Chiang Mai.
Sometimes it’s the little artful ways things are presented. The beautiful textiles to tropical plants hanging, and tiny fish swimming in a bowl. Here are a few pictures to give you an idea:
Beautiful Thai silk
Flower arrangement in a bowl
This is a store in Chiang Mai
Then, there is simple and artful food presentation. The dishes pictured here cost between $0.60 – $1.25.
Vegetarian green curry with rice
There are always the little elegant touches all around the city of Chiang Mai:
Elephant door knocker
What makes Thailand such a special place is the people. Thai people are some of the warmest, gentlest people on the planet. Trying to speak a little Thai goes a long way. I am still a complete beginner, but I try to speak a little bit each day.
The little girl who was intrigued with me while I was eating breakfast.
The funny and friendly Jara, and Kapoon his dog, from Kavil Guesthouse. This is Kapoon doing the wai guesture (putting hands, or in this case paws, together in a prayer position when saying hello and thank you) Sawadee Khaa! Khap khun khaa! (Kapoon is a girl dog).
Then there is Yaya. She and I have had loads of fun together. She invited me to participate in this Buddhist celebration at Wat Sumpow and the lunch afterward.
Thailand is one of those places that surprises me everyday with just how warm and beautiful it is.