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…

Top 10 Bad Habits of Thai Drivers – How to Survive Traffic in Thailand

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If you live in any Thai city other than Bangkok, the easiest way to get around is with your own set of wheels. Motorbikes are particularly well-suited to Thailand’s climate and an urban lifestyle. But riding a bike always comes with a higher risk of injury in an accident. Unfortunately, your chances of getting in an accident are increased by the bad habits of all the other drivers on the … Continue reading…

10-Day Vipassana Meditation Retreat in Thailand

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For many people, a 10-day long silent Vipassana meditation retreat is a life-changing and eye-opening experience. I had done a lot of different types of meditation before I joined a 10-day Vipassana course in Thailand, so it wasn’t all totally new to me. But it was still quite challenging, and the methods of sitting and walking meditation taught were something I wanted to learn and try out. I chose to … 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…

Smoke Pollution Makes March the Worst Month to Visit Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand

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You would have to be crazy to intentionally plan a trip to Chiang Mai during the month of March. Your chances for having your trip ruined by hazardous levels of air pollution are significantly increased. In general, I would not recommend anyone plan to visit Northern Thailand during the two month period from the middle of February to the middle of April. Your chances of encountering unbreathable air are just … Continue reading…

How (and Why) to Register a Motorbike or Car in Your Own Name in Thailand

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If you are going to be living in Thailand for any great length of time you’ll naturally want to have your own vehicle to get around. It just makes life so much easier. When buying a new or used car or motorbike, you may be tempted to go the easy route and simply register the vehicle under the name of your wife, girlfriend, or partner. This is a huge mistake … Continue reading…

How to Fly Gangnam Style and Avoid Bangkok in the Process

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I’m currently living in Chiang Mai and I wanted to go back to the good old USA to visit family and friends over the holidays. Bangkok is a well-known international air traffic hub, and I do like to visit the city from time to time. However, when you are scheduling yourself a certain amount of time to spend visiting people you don’t get to see all that often, the extra … Continue reading…