The part of Chiang Mai we visited is relatively small. The main attraction in the city is the Night Bazaar, but you have to be careful because it's easy to be overwhelmed by eager merchants of local products.
The market has something for everyone. Here are photos of some colorful "light balls" for lack of a better description.
You can request a foot massage on your way from one sales stand to another.
Tuk-Tuks and samlors (three wheelers, aka rickshaw) are always ready to take you anywhere.
On our last night there was a big parade that involved hundreds of local participants. The Chiang Mai Zoo arrived with a big sign.
Some of its members held up signs like "Save Earth' Natural Heritage" above, or "Stop wild file killer". I'm certain that it is a typo and not a reference to rm -rf /, but it's sad to see this on a sign distributed to many people for a parade, especially since it distracts from the sign's original intention.
The streets were filled with people, and the parade was long.
Many of the performers were dressed in traditional Thai garments. Every few minutes the parade would stop. Some of its members would then act out ceremonies. Since this was at night, photography was difficult and I had to rely on my flash.
At the end of the parade, there was a musical performance by a Thai singer, Ann Titima Pratumtip. Note the ideal McDonald's placement.
http://michal.guerquin.com/photo/thailand/november2005/chiangmai.html, updated 2006-04-05 00:54 EDT