Chiang Mai to Bangkok !

by Kazu

When I came back from jogging around the old town of Chiang Mai, the sun had risen and I could see the blue sky and clear view of the town. Many victoria amazonicas were floating on the moat surrounding the old town.
It seemed that Mr. LEE's restaurants are here and ther in Thailand including Chiang Mai. He was Chinese but he adjusted the original Chinese cuisine to Thai people's taste and made great successes in Thailand. I could find one of the branches of the restaurant chain even in the airport building in Bangkok.
Responding to the invitation from the Governor of Hokkaido Harumi Takahashi, Vice Governor of Chiang Mai Mr. Viroon Pantawee kindly visited Bangkok to take part in "The Food & Wine Evening " held by Hokkaido Government and North Pacific Bank headquartered in Sapporo, in order to show the sign of our friendship to be handed to next generation of each region..


Jogging around in Chiang Mai!

by Kazu

Just before the annual festival of the town, some bridges on the moat to the old town were decorated with many lanterns. I jogged around the moat surrounding the old town early in the morning. I am not sure the resource of the electricity of the town but they were so beautiful. 
Some part of the rampart surrounding the old town was broken and like a ruin of the old civilization. The lighting of the rampart made good taste and atmosphee.
This is the west gate of the old town. A very narrow bridge connected the old town and the outside. As you may recognize, the east dark sky was getting brighter. Jogging around the moat took the same time as I spend in morning jogging in Sapporo every day.  

Chiang Mai Supper 2!

by Kazu

The chicken soup called "Ga soup" in Thailand, was so nice and tasteful with moderate accent of Asian spice. Other members of our delegation were a little bit tired and went to bed. Please do not get caught in dubious massage shop near Tapae Gate.
This is Tapae Gate at the east end of the old town in Chiang Mai. The gate and the wall were lighted up and many tourists were taking photos for their memories in the square in front of the gate.
Basically, the old town is moated and some bridges connect the inside and outside. Tapae Gate has this wide space for something. I could not see Tai Chi on this square during my stay in Chiang Mai but Muai Thai fighters may be trained somewhere in the town.


Chiang Mai Supper !

by Kazu

After the dinner and the entertainment in "Khum Khantoke", 139 Thetsaban 2 Sai Nai Alley, Nong Pa Khrang, Chiang Mai, I was eager to wrap up the nigh with "Pho", Thai or Vietnamese Rice Noodle with chicken soup.
Praying for delicious "Pho" in front of the altar on the premises of the hotel I stayed, I strolled around the hotel near Tapae Gate of the old town. This is the entrance of the hotel.
Soon I found a eatery along the street in front of Tapae Gate. As Vice Governor of Chiang Mai Viroon Pantawee kindly recommended to visit the night market in Chiang Mai, we had to wrap up the dinner in Khum Khantoke sooner than expected, I wanted to eat a little bit more on that day.


Show Time !

by Kazu

The small tribes'  dancers in Chiang Mai performed so well in their own traditional attire during the dinner show in the restaurant  They added a value and a twist to teir own tradition and culture to make up a show business.
In the mountainous area of Chiang Mai, a variety of minorities are living in teir traditional way. Mon tribe, Ris tribe and other ones are living around the border between Thailand and Myanmar. It works out to 13 to 15 tribes.
We are planning to invite the indigenous people form the regions that have sister-state or friendship affiliation with Hokkaido in 2020. The National Ainu Museum and the Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony will open on April 24(Fri.),2020. All the representatives of the indigenous tribes in the sister-state or friendship regions may get together in Lake Poroto Shiraoi Town.


The center of the belief !

by Kazu

A common language and the order must be required to keep a country and a nation even in not-imperial countries. This Buddhism Tower and the statues had been the landmark of Lanna Dynasty flourished in Chiang Mai for many years.
Not depending on whether life treat them kind or not, the citizens naturally headed to this temple and its priests in Chiang Mai. Donation is the main resource of the temple even now.
After the pilgrimage in Chiang Mai, we went back to the hotel we would stay to have a rest before the dinner to be hosted by Chiang Mai Government.


Show Time in Chiang Mai !

by Kazu

My counterpart in Chiang Mai received us so kindly with ample hospitality. We have to receive them likewise when they visit Hokkaido and enhance the exchange between Chiang Mai and Hokkaido. Odds are developing a new souvenir sourced locally in Chiang Mai may become a first success.
As I might have mentioned before, a variety of small tribes are living in mountainous area of Chiang Mai and each of them has their own culture including textile and dance with songs. 
Beautiflul embroidery could be seen on the clothes of the performers on the stage. That had been females' work for many years but have you ever seen a male doing embroidery ?