Will Chiang Mai Ever Have Good Public Transportation?

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There are several images that come to mind when one mentions Chaing Mai—Wat Doi Suthep temple, Thaphae Gate, the panda bears at the zoo, and khao-soi noodles. Another symbol of the city is the รถแดง rot-daeng, or “Red Truck”. You can’t miss them. The red trucks are what is called a song-thaew in Thai, that is a pickup truck with covering in the back and two bench seats for passengers. … Continue reading…

The Best Vegetarian Restaurant in Chiang Mai

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The best vegetarian restaurant in Chiang Mai is not a well-known place on Nimmanhemin Soi 17 that used to be a great deal in it’s old location 10 years ago. Nor are any of the tourist orientated vegetarian restaurants in the Thaphae Gate area the best in town. In my humble opinion, the best veggie place in Chiang Mai is a hidden gem called Nuson Vegetarian, or นุสนธิ์อาหารเจ nu-son aa-haan … Continue reading…

Buddhist New Year’s Eve at a Thai Temple

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With so many people rushing around the city to get drunk before the clock turned twelve, it was nice to see local Thai people gather at the temple to ring in the New Year. Thousands gathered at Wat Phra Singh in the middle of Chiang Mai’s old city to make offerings, sit in meditation, and chant prayers. By the time we showed up, a little after 11 pm, it was … Continue reading…

Offering Food to 12,999 Monks in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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On the morning of Sunday, December 30, 2012, a great gathering of 12,999 Buddhist monks was assembled in Chiang Mai, Thailand for a food offering ceremony. For weeks prior to the event you could see signs all over town advertising the event. The number 12,999 was featured very prominently on these signs. Nine is considered an auspicious number in Thai culture, so that is no wonder why they chose to … Continue reading…