Chiang Mai

A visit to Elephant Nature Park

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Ten plus years ago on my first trip to Thailand, I found myself on top of an elephant in a basket bumping down a path as a baby elephant trailed behind us. The mahout (elephant wrangler) guided the elephant’s actions by yelling and jabbing his wooden knife into the elephant’s skull. This and seeing the […]

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10 Take-aways from my Thai Cooking Class

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I recently attempted to merge further into Thai culture by taking a Thai cooking class on an organic farm. Where I wrote a really long blog post about all of the specific things we did [in excessive detail], here instead is a list of my 10 take-aways from the class. It occurs to me now […]

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I love a parade, Loi Kratong.

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Last week wrapped up the beautiful Loi Kratong festivities here in Chiang Mai. The celebrations transformed the city into a huge outdoor festival that couldn’t be stopped with constant rain nor quieted, as fireworks sounded at all hours (even during the day). The streets were filled with tourists and locals alike taking part in this festival […]

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How to make a kratong!

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Loi Kratong is the Festival of Lights in Thailand and a main component is the launching of hundreds of lighted kratongs which are little vessels decorated with banana leaves and flowers. The significance is to thank the water/river spirit for rain and bountiful harvests. Chiang Mai celebrates with a big outdoor festival where food vendors line the streets, […]

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Lanterns and loss, saying goodbye to a dear friend

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This year I had a different focus for the Chiang Mai Lantern Festival. My goal from last year of going early and with a group was met but the weeks prior had added a new goal of releasing a lantern for a friend that had passed. It monopolized my focus. +10

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13+1 Photos from Hang Dong District in Chiang Mai

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Today we escaped the house and explored our district, Hang Dong. Heading south on Canal Road we finally peeked in at the temple shielded by high walls. We were not disappointed. I probably say it every time, but Wat Khong Khao is my new favorite temple. With a wander around the grounds we were back […]

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Check-in from Chiang Mai

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In less than a week my mom will be visiting and I will be back to my “second home” Bangkok! I fear that lately I’ve not been terribly motivated to write about our mini adventures. We are settled in to Chiang Mai after being here a month and perhaps it feels a bit too much […]

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Jump, even if it sucks.

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My tale of bravery (one whole tablespoon) – Sunday found us at a gorgeous quarry in Chiang Mai, with red ridges rising out of deep teal water. Where I was initially certain that I was absolutely not going to jump in, I soon found myself plunging in…and it sucked. I’d caught my first sight of […]

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