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Songkran in Chiang Mai – love or leave it?

Chiang Mai
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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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Chiang Mai Flower Festival Parade

Chiang Mai
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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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Up up and away!

Chiang Rai
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Saturday found us at the Thailand International Balloon Festival, a two-day event hosting 15 hot air balloons from “around the world”. As I’ve always wanted to go to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta launch, we braved a very early morning to see their first launch and a new future passion was created. With the sky […]

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I love a parade, Loi Kratong.

Chiang Mai
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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!

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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Songkran Festival

Bangkok
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Thai New Year & the Water Festival – April 13th marked the start of the Songkran Festival, defining the Thai New Year. The festival is most known as the ‘water festival’ as buckets of water and water guns are out in spades – EVERYWHERE. Our roommate warned that you are not even safe on a […]

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