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A STROLL THROUGH CHIANG MAI’S OLD CITY

A STROLL THROUGH CHIANG MAI’S OLD CITY

Story by Ron Emmons (February 2021)

Join author and photographer, Ron Emmons on a leisurely walk through the fascinating streets of northern Thailand’s ancient capital, Chiang Mai.

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THE MANY FACES OF BUDDHA

THE MANY FACES OF BUDDHA

Story by Ron Emmons (October 2020)

Massive and minute, gleaming and battered, obese and wasting away - the many faces of Buddha in Thailand reflect the diversity of this ancient religion. Yet for most Thais, Buddhism is more than a religion - it is a way of life.

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EXPLORING THE TEMPLE OF DAWN

EXPLORING THE TEMPLE OF DAWN

Story by Ron Emmons (December 2020)

When General Taksin moored his boat beside Wat Makok on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River at dawn one day in October 1767, he could hardly have imagined how deeply his action would influence the future of his country, Siam.

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Faces of Khlong Toey

Faces of Khlong Toey

Story by Joe Cummings / CPA Media (20 June, 2020)

Intrepid shooter Tim Russell documents an endangered Bangkok community.

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STUPA PILGRIMAGE, THAI-STYLE

STUPA PILGRIMAGE, THAI-STYLE

Story by Joe Cummings / CPA Media (25 July, 2020)

Outside Bangkok, a widespread pilgrimage route links a dozen stupas, each associated with a different animal in the 12-year astrological cycle shared by most Tai and Chinese cultures.

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Golden Lanterns Of Chiang Mai

Golden Lanterns Of Chiang Mai

Celebrating The Age-Old Yee Peng Festival of Northern Thailand

Yee Peng is a northern Thai term signifying the full moon of the twelfth month of the lunar calendar. In Chiang Mai, Yee Peng is celebrated as a religious holiday. Throughout the region temples are full as people make merit, whilst monks give special sermons and recite religious texts. Traditionally, scrolls illustrating these texts were hung outside the temples to help explain the monks’ readings, and in some small villages of the north this custom is still followed.

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Languid Lamphun

Languid Lamphun

Exploring Northern Thailand’s Oldest City

The quiet, provincial town of Lamphun just 26 kilometres south of Chiang Mai, is generally promoted as an enjoyable side trip from the northern capital. A combination of tranquil, lotus-filled moats, some of the most distinguished religious buildings in Thailand, and the story of Queen Chamadevi, combine to attract Thai and overseas visitors alike.

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Cultural Riches Of Lampang

Cultural Riches Of Lampang

Northern Thailand’s Historic Second City

Lampang is the second city of the Khon Muang or Northern Thai people, being, after Chiang Mai, the largest, richest and most populous city of the north. Isolated from Lamphun and Chiang Mai to the west by the Doi Khun Tan mountains, from Phayao to the east by the massive bulk of Doi Bussaracum, and from Phrae to the south-east by the Doi Khun Kiat range, the valley of Lampang is broad and fertile. As a consequence, Lampang—valley, city and people—has developed a distinctive style and culture of its own.

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