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Same Same but Different

Chiang Mai, Thailand 2005

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Not even ten days later and Chiang Mai is flooding again. This is the third time in 8 weeks. Though the Thais have a great attitude, you cannot help but feel for them and the many who lost their businesses and homes.

 

Streets flood from the river overflow, but transport of various sorts still make their way. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Streets flood from the river overflow, but transport of various sorts still make their way

This is round three.

Notice the sand bags piled up in front of the hotel here. At this point, the water is only about ankle deep. People are still getting around.

Two vendors discuss as to where to move their product and stand. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Two vendors discuss as to where to move their product and stand

By now they know the routine but a little coaching may be necessary. Let’s get all of this product to higher ground.
 

Men heave sandbags out of the back of their truck. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Men heave sandbags out of the back of their truck

The sandbaggers were armed and ready for this as the news spread that a levee broke up river, and our local Huay Pachum reservoir has cracks.  Sandbags are being lined up in front of restaurants and shops
 

The sandbags are helpful in keeping the river water from entering the store. Chiang Mai, Thailand

The sandbags are helpful in keeping the river water from entering the store

These guys were hustling.
 

At night market, these stalls have been emptied out. Chiang Mai, Thailand

At night market, these stalls have been emptied out

If I stood longer than a few minutes on the edge of the water soon it would cover my feet. It was rising quickly.
 

A good place to chat and suck on a sucker, Chiang Mai, Thailand

A good place to chat and suck on a sucker

Considering what is on these streets, the water is pretty grimy.

 

 

 

 

This dude was styling all the way, with his white, wide brimmed hat. Chiang Mai, Thailand

This dude was styling all the way

All the Thais seemed to take this inconvenience in stride.
 

View from the back of my tuk tuk. Chiang Mai, Thailand

View from the back of my Jak-ka-ran

I headed for higher ground and decided after my last venture into that muck, that I would hire a driver.
 

The water is steadily rising. Floods in Chiang Mai, Thailand

The water is steadily rising

That is until he saw the water line…no way could I convince him (in my best Thai) to take me in.
 

Billy and "Curtis" in front of the Jak-ka-ran. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Billy and "Curtis" in front of the Jak-ka-ran

This is where “Curtis” and I parted ways.
 

Filling up sand bags, one by one. Chiang Mai Floods, Thailand

Filling up sand bags

Everyone was taking the warnings seriously, filling up the bags as quickly as possible.
 

Water is rising, road is disappearing. Chiang Mai Floods, Thailand

Water is rising, road is disappearing

The water is coming in faster than one thinks. Looks like this store needs more sandbags!
 

The road is still passable. Chiang Mai Floods,  Thailand

The road is still passable

I see that those motorbikes can get through anything.
 

The water is rising above the curb! Chiang Mai Floods, Thailand

The water is rising above the curb!

Soon these stores will have water in them. Sandbags didn't make it to them in time.

 

 

 

 

Motorcycle going down a tiny soi with Billy on the back. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Motorcycle going down a tiny soi

So I jump on the back of one to give it a go. (That's me in the rear view mirror!)
 

These Thai women are keeping their positive frame of minds while walking in the flood waters, Chaing Mai, Thailand

These Thai women are keeping their positive frame of minds

Just a walk in the park for these ladies.
 

The sois are getting filled with water now... Chiang Mai, Thailand

The sois are getting filled with water now...

Remembering the snakes, I'm glad to be moving and mostly out of the yucky water. This songtheaw doesn't have any passengers in it yet.
 

Tender parental protection. Chiang Mai,  Thailand

Tender parental protection

A father carries his son while he's looking around town.

The makeshift dam breaks in Chiang Mai,  Thailand

The makeshift dam breaks

The water rushes through a makeshift barrier. Water always seems to find a way.

The entire business district is flooded again, with mounting costs to owners. Chiang Mai Floods,  Thailand

The entire business district is flooded again, with mounting costs to owners

Who knows how many sandbags were needed here to fend off the waters entering these buildings. The town stops, and simply waits the storm out.
 

A woman walks through ankle deep flood water carrying bags of vegetables. Chiang Mai, Thailand

Honey…could you pick me up some vegetables on your way home?

People have to eat. It's hard to say if this woman shopped for her household or if she has a restaurant outside the flood zone.
 

Billy changes vehicles and the back of a pickup worked better. Chiang Mai Floods, Thailand

I decide that the back of a pickup suited my needs

For these children, the water is up to their knees. The sois (back alleyways) are now fully flooded.
 

People watch the flood waters rise as entertainment. Chiang Mai, Thailand

This place seemed like a good place to drink... not much else to do

As entertainment, these men watch the traffic go by and the floodwaters get deeper and deeper.
 

Billy is now in a pickup, with an inflatable boat in the back.  Chiang Mai Floods, Thailand

Now I was set…pickup with a boat


 

This movable restaurant will be serving customers as lunch time rolls around. Chiang Mai Floods, Thailand

This movable restaurant will be serving customers as lunch time rolls around

But first let’s stop for some lunch! Everyone gets hungry in the middle of a flood!

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