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.
I'm a retired journalist from Hawaii who tired quickly of retirement and hit the road as a slow solo world traveler in August 2016. I've spent time in 18 countries on four continents and right now I'm in Chiang Mai, Thailand, planning my next adventure.
I've been interviewed about my travels by Nomadic Matt, and Expat Focus, and here's a great story by veteran Borneo newsman and writer James Ritchie about our recent meeting in Kuching, A Confluence of Adventure Writers .
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