How to make a kratong!

Chiang Mai
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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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Life and Death at Baan Dam “Black House”

Chiang Rai
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I stand in a huge room staring at the head and hide of a large alligator that is laid across a table and wonder what I’ve gotten myself into but it’s not just the full alligator, it’s also the snake-skin and chairs made of buffalo horns, or skulls, or hides, or all of the above […]

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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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A visit to the stunning White Temple

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Friday Getaway: Ao Nang Beach, Krabi

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As a Friday getaway, take a quick trip to Ao Nang Beach in Krabi Province, Thailand. They have gorgeous limestone cliffs and curious wildlife that will check you out too. I loved Ao Nang Beach for its limestone cliffs and in off-season we had it mostly to ourselves. We headed there last August for my birthday and that […]

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13+1 Photos from Hang Dong District in Chiang Mai

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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The hidden gem: Suan Phakkad Palace Museum

Bangkok
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My mom’s second foray into Thai culture was at the Suan Phakkad Palace Museum. This is a hidden gem in Bangkok offering beautiful green gardens, traditional Thai stilted homes and a rich look into Thai culture. Where we unfortunately had an abbreviated tour of 30 minutes, there is much to explore over multiple hours. As the […]

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Shopping extravaganza at Chatuchak Market

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The Chatuchak Weekend Market, or “JJ” as the locals call it, was a definite must to take my mother. It boosts 15,000 stalls, has competitive prices, and is a bit awe-inspiring. Each time James and I would go (for the past year), we’d joke that my mom would love it and that it would probably blow […]

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