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 »

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 »

Photographs of Boudhanath stupa at night during Buddha’s birthday

Monday, August 6th, 2012
Boudhanath stupa at night

Travel Tip: The following is my personal account of visiting Boudhanath, do enjoy it! However if you are looking for information on how to get there, maps, entrance fees, highlights and much more do check out my full Boudhanath Stupa travel guide. Buddha’s Birthday celebrations at Boudhanath Nepal (Buddha Purnima) Buddha was born in Lumbini Nepal circa 563… Continue reading more »

Shivaratri in Nepal: festival of Shiva with sadhus, crowds & hashish

Monday, May 7th, 2012
A sadhu holy man in Nepal

Maha Shivaratri in Nepal Shivaratri is an annual Hindu festival popular in both India and Nepal. Of all the many festivals in Nepal this is probably my favorite for many reasons. The primary being that there not too many tourists around as it’s usually held in the second or third months of the year which is the… Continue reading more »

Help save the Holi festival of color and fun in Nepal

Monday, March 12th, 2012
Girls smiling and covered in colored dye during the holi festival in Nepal

Nepal’s Holi festival takes place every year If you live in a country that has a Hindu population, or enjoy looking at websites that publish lots of photos you might have seen Holi hit the headlines recently. The 2012 Holi festival look place over the past week including in Nepal where it’s a national holiday.… Continue reading more »