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Khao Lak: Marriott

I guess I've been infecting with a travelling bug, I've been hitting the road quite regularly. After Singapore, my journey took me to Thailand. Together with my parents I flew to Phuket and then travelled 70-80 minutes north to Khao Lak, which is on the mainland in the Thai Mueang District of Phang Nga Province… Continue reading Khao Lak: Marriott

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Bangkok: Wat Traimit – Temple of Golden Buddha

We briefly visited Bangkok's Chinatown - but it was a Sunday so most shops were closed. We quickly walked to Wat Traimit to see its main attraction, the world's largest massive gold-seated Buddha. The origins of this statue remain uncertain. It is made in the Sukhothai Dynasty style, and is thought to have been made… Continue reading Bangkok: Wat Traimit – Temple of Golden Buddha

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Chiang Mai: Street food including banana roti

During our time in Chiang Mai we sampled lots of different food. At every street corner was a vendor selling small snacks that tasted amazing. We tried fresh quail eggs that had just been pan-fried - they were served with a splash of fish sauce and soy sauce. Quick and very tasty. A few metres… Continue reading Chiang Mai: Street food including banana roti

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Chiang Mai: Noppomas queen

Beauty contests are often a feature of Thai festivals and the Loy Krathong celebrations are no exception. According to legend Noppomas was a consort of the King of Sukothai in the fourteenth century. She was the daughter of a Brahmin priest at the King’s court. She made the first krathong out of banana leaves in… Continue reading Chiang Mai: Noppomas queen

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Chiang Mai: Loy Krathong parade

On the second night of the Loy Krathong and Yi Peng festival, Chiang Mai hosts an illuminated parade with large floats of beautiful women and handsome men dressed in the northern Lanna costumes of old. The Loy Krathong Parade features giant illuminated krathongs, on top of which are perched candidates for the upcoming beauty contest… Continue reading Chiang Mai: Loy Krathong parade

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Chiang Mai: Modern khratongs

The krathong are both signs of respect to the goddess of the water, and apologies to the River Goddess for polluting her waters during the year. Throughout the years of evolution, the krathong raft is now often made out of bread or Styrofoam as an alternative form. In fact, the more environmentally conscious krathong-makers now… Continue reading Chiang Mai: Modern khratongs