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…

Exploring the Chiang Mai Flower Festival

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The Chiang Mai Flower Festival is a fun event with lots of eye candy and plenty of good photo opportunities. It’s held each year during the first weekend of February. If you missed it this year, then you can make plans to see it Feb 6-8, 2015. The beginning of February is a nice time to visit Chiang Mai as the weather is still not so hot and the worst … 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…

Thai Government Issues 11 Rules to be Broken for Songkran 2013

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Songkran is the traditional Thai New Years holiday that is celebrated each year from April 13-15. These days, it’s known mostly as a water-throwing festival, where for 3 days (or longer in some parts of the country) anybody out in public during daylight hours is open target for squirt guns and buckets of water. “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti, meaning “astrological passage”. It has an Indian origin, but … Continue reading…

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…

Mysterious Naga Fireballs in the Mekong River

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There is a strange phenomena that occurs every year in the Mekong River along the boundary between Thailand and Laos. This unexplained event is known in Thai as บั้งไฟพญานาค bang-fai phaya-nak, or the “Naga Fireballs”. The Naga is a mythical serpent of Indian and Southeast Asian legends. They are similar to dragons and occupy a position somewhere between gods and animals in the grand scheme of the universe. The Naga … Continue reading…