Chiang Mai is one of Thailand's most popular tourist destinations. In fact, during the busy season, it feels like one of the most visited places in all of South East Asia - yet visitors generally stick to the main attractions, the busy routes, and the must-see spots. That's what makes a place like the Semphet Market even more special to me. Tourists visit the morning market each day to buy supplies for their cooking school classes, but few venture deeper within the small market itself - which in reality is a veritable holy grail of photographic goodness. Popping in around the time of the Loi Kratong festival yields even more opportunities than usual - see lantern Exhibit A, your honor.