April 13th marks the New Year in South East Asia. This date coincides with their ancient lunar and solar calendars, hence the difference from the Chinese and Western New Year. The celebration of the New Year lasts several days and is known as Songkran in Thailand. What makes this celebration different is the incorporation of water into festivities. The water symbolizes the washing away of the past year's sins to create a fresh, clean slate for the new year. To wash away
Throw in a dash of kitschy-ness, a tablespoon of the absurd, and a pinch of air conditioned comfort, mix it all up and you get the Art in Paradise illusion museum in Chiang Mai. The museum is truly a site to see. It specializes in 3D art on a 2D surface as well as other optical illusions. I had my reserves about paying hard earned money to see what I'm sure in the art community is considered low-brow art, but once inside I have to say I enjoyed it. Even the fake escalator
Getting up close and personal with the true king of the jungle definitely sounds intriguing but after doing our research and reading disparaging reviews and insights regarding drugged tigers and abuses we didn't plan to see the tigers in Thailand. Then we came across first hand accounts that Tiger Kingdom did not partake is such things. This made us re-think our decision . So we just headed over to Tiger Kingdom ourselves to see what all the fuss and controversy was about.
SARAH + STEVEN
Just a midwestern hubby and wife team of photographers searching for self discovery thru the lens of life. Based in Milwaukee, WI. Destination: Anywhere!