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Chiang Mai: Market visit

Before we started our Thai cooking lesson, we went to one of the many markets in Chiang Mai. It was a great experience for all senses. Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Quite a few that I've never seen before. All very plump and ripe. On this picture are many different types of aubergines and… Continue reading Chiang Mai: Market visit

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Chiang Mai: more temples

We left Rachdamnone Road and just strolled through the surroundings. At 111 Moon Muang Road we found Wat Dok Kham, another small temple. Again, it is a Buddhist temple, with lots of statues and decorations. It's small and there is not much to see. So we continue walking around, until we reach Wat Inthakin Sadue… Continue reading Chiang Mai: more temples

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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: Loy Krathong and Yi Peng lanterns

In Thailand, sky lanterns known as khom loy or khom fai are sometimes released into the sky to mark special occasions because it is believed the lanterns carry away troubles and bad luck. During Yi Peng it was traditionally monks who released the lanterns, but now anybody can do so. There are many different types… Continue reading Chiang Mai: Loy Krathong and Yi Peng lanterns

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Bangkok: Khao San Road and surroundings

We did not spend much time in Bangkok this time (but we'll be back, that's for sure) so it is not a surprise that we spent ALL our evenings at Khao San Road in its surroundings. Ok, that's two evenings in total, so not a lot anyway :) The popular book 'The Beach' famously described… Continue reading Bangkok: Khao San Road and surroundings