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Happy New Year from Chiang Mai, Thailand

Happy New Year, 2012 from Chiang Mai, Thailand!

To all my family and friends back home and everyone else I’ve met along the road over the last year and a half:
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012!!!!!

Looks like this is my second NYE in Thailand of my life.  My first one was in Bangkok last year where my original plan was to going to bed at 9pm.  However, my internal clock woke me up at 11:45 (or was it the firecrackers) and I ended up staying out until 6am.

This year was more tame and I celebrated NYE with new friends here in Chiang Mai at Rider’s Corner.   After finishing dinner and a few drinks we went to the “Tai Pae Gate” and were partying with a diverse mix of locals and tourists all launching lanterns and fireworks.  I’m pretty sure none of these would be legal in the USA.

I’ll let the photos describe themselves.

This was our site as we came out of the restaurant. Thousands of lanterns and fireworks filling the sky.

There was a diversity of people launching lanterns and joining in the celebration

Some kids are too cool it seems

German motorcycle travelers and I join in the fun

Why use a camera when you have your iPad. I wonder if they're interested in Auto Bingo

We stopped at this bar, "The Wall" in Chiang Mai and they have signs in tons of different languages all saying something like, "Don't throw toilet paper in the toilet, use the bin". I was going to add a Texan translation.

6 Comments

  1. Lorraine says:

    Wow, you’re fast putting these up! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you from Chile!

  2. Nata Harli says:

    Dave,

    Happy New Year to you, also. Hope your adventures all go well in 2012!!!!

    Ken

  3. GERALD STEVENS says:

    Looks like fun. Have a great New Year.
    Did you go to China ????
    Gerald Stevens

  4. Joe F says:

    Two years in a row, I think that officially qualifies you an international citizen :-) Blessing and safe travels in the new year.

  5. Bill says:

    Happy New Year Dave and please keep the stories coming!

  6. Scott says:

    Is the trip still on are you still alive?

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