Black is the New Black

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With Thailand now in the middle of an official mourning period following the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej last month, tourist arrivals who haven’t been paying attention to world news may be quite surprised at what they see. Everywhere you go, people are dressed in black and white. I can’t speak for Bangkok, but here in the northern city of Chiang Mai I’d estimate that well over 90% … Continue reading…

Get Ready for a Second Helping of the Thai Veggie Festival

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If you missed out on Thailand’s annual vegetarian festival this year, don’t worry because you have another chance to catch it at the end of this month. Vegetarians in Thailand have an extra reason to celebrate this year, as 2014 is scheduled for a double dose of the yearly vegetarian food feast. If you’re in Thailand this year, consider yourself extremely lucky—the double festival only occurs once every 180 years. … Continue reading…

Yi Peng and Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai – the Floating Lantern and River Goddess Festivals

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The Yi Peng festival of Chiang Mai is a unique celebration in Northern Thailand that coincides with Loy Krathong, which is celebrated throughout the country. Chiang Mai is the old capital of the Lanna Kingdom, which for many years co-existed independently with Siam. The North part of Thailand still has a certain character and charm that differs from the rest of the country. This is especially reflected in local festivals … 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…