From Bangkok, we flew North to Chiang Mai, the hometown of our guide. We spent three days there and it was nice to take a break from the daily hustle of packing and unpacking at every new stop.
After a few days, I had gotten used to shooting without a meter. For anything I wanted to be 100% sure of, I would snap a photo on my phone. I'm glad I kept my camera in hand more than my phone, though; as I got more comfortable with the camera, my shots got better and better.
I'll cut the chatter though, and let the pictures speak for themselves. Next week I'll be wrapping things up with some black and white shots taken over the week.
A farmer waters his field outside Chiang Mai. Chiang Mai is the largest city in mountainous northern Thailand.
A woman prepares kralan: a traditional snack of sticky rice and coconut, packed inside a hollow bamboo stick.
Women harvest rice seedlings in a seed bed outside Chiang Mai. Seedlings are grown in dense groups, then transplanted to a larger field where they will reach maturity.
Seeing rural Chiang Mai by bike is highly recomended.
Evening light catches the gold facade of Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which overlooks Chiang Mai.
A Buddha statue covered in flaky gold leaf. Visitors press gold leaf into the Buddha's face, resulting in this buildup.
Shoppers inspect goods at one of Chang Mai's many markets.
A shop worker shreds coconut at a produce market.
Strays were a common sight in Thailand. Many animals end up at temples, however, and are often cared for by the monks.
A young monk poses for a portrait. Traditionally, Thai men will serve as a monk for a period in their life. Monks are able to leave at will and may return to being a monk up to three times.
Gold details frame a golden Buddha at Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai.
A man relaxes along Chiang Mai's old city canal. Portions of the old city wall still stand along it's route.
The view from the back of a Songthaew - a pickup truck with a partially-enclosed bed that seats 8-10 people.
A Muay Thai fighter celebrates after a knockout win.
The golden reclining Buddha, at Wat Pho in Bangkok.
A visitor takes a break in the shade at Wat Pho.
A visitor caught posing for a picture at Wat Pho. The temple is one of Bangkok's oldest.
A driver works on his tuk-tuk outside the white walls of Bangkok's Grand Palace.
Riverside housing in Bangkok. The city has a vast network of canals, which were histrorically the main method of transportation through the city.
A group of people looks out across the canal from a bridge.
A woman stands near a development along Bangkok's canal. Many families are selling off their waterfront properties and traditional houses are being replaced by high end villas.
Construction workers on scaffolding, working on a waterfront property.
A worker outside a riverfront construction project.
A group of boys hangs out at a temple's pier. Many people feed the fish near temples, believing they are reincarnated souls and that feeding them will bring them good luck.