Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Magical Moment 624, "Thailand - Music and National Parks!"

We stayed in the city of Chiang Mai for a few days at a hotel near the Tha Phae Gate, which is the remnants of the ancient city that dates back to the 1300s. On Sunday evenings, this gate is the beginning of an enormous walking market. This mostly caters to tourists and is a chance for them to see and purchase authentic souvenirs made by the local people. Eddie and I got the chance to go 2 different Sundays. It goes for miles and we never even got to all of it. (click to enlarge)


Here, we witnessed some pretty interesting things. At one point, a loud speaker announced something in Thai. Suddenly, the thousands of people that filled the streets stood to their feet in silence. We realized they were playing the Thailand National Anthem.

We saw and heard so many interesting musicians in Thailand. I wished I could have recorded them all.
 Left: This man stopped his traditional Thai song when he saw me with a camera
and began playing jingle bells...way to read to your audience,
my fellow street musician! He got a tip from me.

But the most interesting was this man...I was so impressed with his multi-tasking!

One of the most memorable experiences with music that I had, was when we stayed at Elephant Nature Park and I noticed an old, acoustic guitar at the office. I discovered it was one of the employees, whose dream it was to become a performing musician. I asked if he knew any American songs and he said yes. He learns them to improve his English. So together we sang and played "Stand By Me," "Poker Face," and a few other random songs (whatever we both kind of knew and I could strum...which is not much.) Funny how musicians always find music, no matter where they are.

Since we got a chance to see so much of what I do and love, we also got the opportunity to visit one of the National Parks for Eddie (who is a U.S Park Ranger). We went to Doi Suthep Pui National Park, just outside of Chiang Mai. (If you enlarge, you'll see that Eddie's hat has a US National Park crest on it similar to the one on his left.)

Here, we visited Huaykeaw Waterfall, which I enjoyed climbing and exploring. See me?

Eddie, ever the park ranger, followed the rules however. Oops.

We saw this sweet boy staying cool in the heat.

There were some great opportunities to identify with people from the other side of the world. I guess there's always something in common, no matter how different we are!


smartcat said...

I love the way you are taking us on your vacation. Now we are moving from the markets to the park.


Gary's third pottery blog said...

everything is just SO lush and gorgeous!

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Wow these look so neat to be there...glad yall are enjoying it

Linda said...

It looks like you and Eddie made the most of this trip, experiencing as much of the culture as you could during your visit. It's so much fun traveling with you this way. Looking forward to more.

TexWisGirl said...

jingle bells made me smile. beautiful falls.

music is a universal language. :)

DJan said...

It's a beautiful place. I've never been there, so this trip with your pictures is most welcome! :-)

Hilary said...

Wow.. what fine adventures. I love that you found music.. and it found you. And that Eddie found a park to explore. Fine images and videos. My favourite is the last one. So sweet.

Dave King said...

What a wonderful experience! Thank you so much for so generously sharing it with us, a really Fabulous post!

Michael Manning said...

This is really something!

Steve Gravano said...

I wonder if Americans would stand up at a shopping mall if the National Anthem was played? I total enjoyed the video of the street musician, one talented foot!