Here are a few images that I wanted to post earlier before getting bogged down figuring out how to post the video. Now I think I got it. Let me know if any problems viewing it, though, because I want to start posting more videos. In the meantime, enjoy!
Three Kings Monument in the Chiang Mai historic center, earlier in the day on New Year's Eve.
Official city celebration, midnight at Three Kings Monument Park in old Chiang Mai. Unlike my former home in Hawaii and almost everywhere I've been in South America, where the private use of fireworks is rampant, practically out of control, I didn't see or hear any private use of fireworks by residents during the New Year celebrations in the old city of Chiang Mai.
Thousands join in prayers into the early morning hours of New Year's Day at Watchediluang Varaviharn in Chiang Mai.
Midnight at the the temple. What appear to be stars in the night sky are giant lighted paper lanterns released to welcome the New Year.
Here's a reveler about to release a lantern into the sky from the Iron Bridge in Chiang Mai during the recent Yee Peng (lantern festival), just to give you an idea of their size.
And after a long, glorious New Year's Eve celebration in Chiang Mai, it was time for an early New Year's Day nap for many of those who worked through the night.
David Hunter Bishop is a retired journalist from Hawaii who quickly tired of retirement life and hit the road as a solo traveler in August 2016. Since then he's traveled through 16 countries on four continents and is currently enjoying life in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For more about David's journey, see published interviews with Nomadic Matt and Expat Focus, and in A Confluence of Adventure Writers, with Sarawak (Kuching, Malaysia) Tribune writer James Ritchie.
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