Thailand is a country to visit and revisit. In
'97 we were there in October and the weather was perfect. We only had some
rain in Bangkok, nothing much, though. What I know is that the weather
is very hot from March to May and that it rains a lot from June to early
October. The North is cooler.
Bangkok´s traffic is histerical, never seen anything like it anywhere,
and air pollution was absurd. Traffic policemen cover their noses and
mouths with white bandannas and are only kept a short time in that type
of work. They switch constantly so they stay at least six months in places
where they can breathe.
That´s the bad part. The rest is all fantastic. I always go looking for
every type of building, modern, ancient, religious, secular, so for me
Bangkok was a real feast.
Take one of the river buses, (the regular ones, not the ones for tourists)
not at peak times, please. It is quite an experience.
Chiang Mai and the area around it is really great. There is a hotel by
the river: River View Lodge, perfect. We had a room overlooking the river.
It´s quite a view, specially at night. They maintain an unique garden
with potted plants, all kinds of flowers. Breakfast is served there. There
are many places to see from shrines and temples, to elephants´ training
grounds and local artisans. There is a street fair at night where they
sell all kinds of things. As usual many trinkets, but also beautiful wood
Being a photographer you will enjoy it tremendously. My son is an architect
(like me!) and quite a photographer. He took hundreds of pictures, all
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