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Lisu Weaving Workshop and Culture!

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Since coming to Thailand, I’ve fallen in love with all of the Handicrafts of the “Hill Tribes” in Thailand.  Each Hill Tribe has their own patterns and colors which you begin to recognize as you move through the markets. Since I’m also a huge fan of anything made by hand, I jumped at the chance to attend a workshop demonstrating […]

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Songkran in Chiang Mai – love or leave it?

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Thai New Year or Songkran has the distinction (like Christmas for some) of being a beloved and yet dreaded holiday. My first year in Thailand, I was beyond excited to see Bangkok’s city water-fight while my roommate was battering down the hatches and stocking up on food so she wouldn’t have to leave the house, for no one […]

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A Royal Birthday Celebration!

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Thailand is currently celebrating the 60th birthday of their beloved Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, the third child of the King. The 60th birthday is considered auspicious as it is the fifth cycle birthday which is the most important for Thai people because it “celebrates the accomplishments of one’s life.”* And being the Princess means that this […]

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My reason to wake up on Friday mornings

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I am typically a night owl so to wake up at a reasonable hour most mornings causes a lot of grumbling and typically an obligation to fulfill (like Thai Language Classes). Fridays are the exception because we’ve created a fantastic routine that revolves around yummy food (priorities!). It begins at the Kad Chin Haw, a […]

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Doi Inthanon, a park of beauty

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Doi Inthanon National Park hosts the highest point in Thailand at 2565.3341 meters above sea level and has an impressive collection of birds, animals, plants and flowers within its border. As Chiang Mai is starting to heat up and smoke, it is a nice retreat from the city. Our journey began with our friend channeling his […]

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Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

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To quote Clark Griswold*, “I love a parade.” (He was probably quoting someone else but it is always his voice in my head when I think that thought.) And so, after about 4 hours of sleep, I woke up on a Saturday morning [Feburary 7th] to go see the Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade. The […]

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Procession of 10,000 Monks

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In December, we woke up about 6am and headed to town for the Processions of 10,000 monks. As the name would suggestion, the event features 10,000 plus monks who walk down the street and receive alms from the attendees. We arrived to parking lots packed with scooters and the street barricaded for the event. If there […]

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The beautiful Himalayan Cherry Blossoms

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Anyone would agree that Thailand is much cheaper to live in than Japan but does it have sakuras? Turns out the answer is “YES” but here they go by a slightly more exotic name, “Tiger Queen”. To get to these light pink beauties requires about an hour drive outside of Chiang Mai, winding up the […]

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