Archive for the 'Thailand' Category

Emerald Buddha statue in Wat Phra Kaew, Bangkok, Thailand

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Emerald Buddha Palace in Bangkok, Thailand Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as one of the most sacred Buddhist temples in Thailand. It’s located in the same compound area as the Grand Palace in Bangkok city. The temple houses the legendary Emerald Buddha statue. No person other than Thailand’s King is allowed to touch the statue.… Continue reading more »

The Monks who make Paper Lanterns & their teacher

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Monk sticks decorations on a paper lantern

Where do all those colorful paper lanterns come from during Yee Peng? If you’ve been reading my previous posts about arriving into Chiang Mai for Yee Peng’s sky lantern festival then you’ll have known how I discovered the lantern maker. I may have taken a long time to actually venture in, but now that I… Continue reading more »

A series of fortunate & unfortunate events leading to Chiang Mai Thailand’s festival of light

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
Chiang Mai's eastern gate during Yee Peng

Stumbling onto one of the biggest light festivals in the world It was a mad last-minute dash to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand for the annual Yee Peng festival (Festival of Light). A festival I didn’t think about attending until a series of events all played out. In the end it all led to me being… Continue reading more »

What’s the Street Parade at the Yee Peng & Loi Krathong Festivals in Chiang Mai like?

Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Decorative float during Loi Krathong parade in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yee Peng’s big parade in Chiang Mai Two full days of festival in (Nov 16th & 17th) or rather two full nights of festival later and it’s now day three of the Yee Peng celebrations in Chiang Mai. After an exceedingly long sleep in the streets of Chiang Mai looked as if there was something… Continue reading more »

Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai Thailand

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Girl praying at Loi Krathong while another girl helps others in the background

What’s Loi Krathong like in Chiang Mai? So the day before (16th November) was the awesome paper lantern release that kicks of Yee Peng in Chiang Mai. So today (17th) it’s officially the national Thai festival of Loi Krathong. Which is also a part of Yee Peng in Northern Thailand. It’s probably easier just to… Continue reading more »

The Yee Peng Sky Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Yee Peng Paper Lanterns heading into the sky

What is Yee Peng & Loi Krathong like in Thailand? I’ll cover a more personal story of how I got to the Yee Peng sky lantern festival in Chiang Mai in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, while it’s still fresh in my memory, I wanted to write about what it was like to attend all three… Continue reading more »

To take a plane or train to Malaysia?

Monday, July 25th, 2011
Old train in Thailand

  What’s cheaper and easier, flying or taking the train to Malaysia? Decisions, decisions. I wanted to return to Malaysia as I had to leave a little to soon before. From Bangkok one would think that a short budget flight would be the answer. And it should have been. Only I wanted a last minute… Continue reading more »