Thursday, July 23, 2015

A few non-eating activities in Chiang Mai

We did some actual site seeing when we got into Chiang Mai. The old city is stuffed with temples and we spend the better part of our first day hoping to dozens of them.

My favorite experience was the temple that after I used their bathroom handed me a very well made Thai/English brochure outlining the virtues of their bathroom. It included statistics about water usage and awards for cleanliness.

 We also took a day to drive an hour into the country side to visit an artist project space called "the land." It is headed up by Rirkrit Taravanija and is a free and open space for anyone who wants to do experimental projects in architecture, agriculture, and art.

Here I am in one of the pavilions. Everyone is welcome and can stay for as long as they want. So long as they bring their own tent and are willing to help out the full time farmer who tends the grounds. We stayed for about an hour...
 We finished up that same afternoon at the cafe of some new friends Sinn and Ann. We all share mutual friends back in Atlanta and they were kind enough to put us together knowing we would be passing through. It was a really great afternoon of conversation about life in Chiang Mai.

We also squeezed in a visit to an enigmatic artist project called the 31st Century Museum. This collection of shipping containers arranged in the shape of a "31" houses a collection of curios including ceramic skulls and a friendly dog named Cherry.


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