SONGKRAN FESTIVAL: Celebrating Thai New Year.

The most awaited festival here in Thailand is Songkran; It is a public holiday celebrated on the 12th of April but the official holiday is on the 13th. In the afternoon of the 12th, people start to party and throw water to anyone! There is plenty of street battles and parties mixed with the traditional side of Songkran. But the intense heat level resulted into a very wet and sunburned festival for everyone yet still “sanuk mak!” (Thai for very fun). Continue reading

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Travel tip: Affordable and accessible food in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

I met other foreigners here in Chiang Mai and some of them are vegetarians or vegans. So I asked them if they don’t eat Thai food that is made of animal meat or dairies. They said they have to break their diet. One of them verbalized, “When you travel to other countries, you’ve got to eat their food. It is shameful if the locals will offer you food and you’ll not eat it, it’s rude. So I have to stop my current diet.

So yeah, let’s eat Thai food. For 6 months of staying here in Chiang Mai, I had scouted locations of markets where we can have good and delicious Thai food. Concerning the factors that contributed my list, I only considered 3 main categories: price, taste, and accessibility. Therefore I won’t include those that are located away from the main city although it is also delicious and cheap. Nothing beats their mouth watering street food and I will include on where you can buy ’em here.  Continue reading

Into the heights: DOI INTHANON.

Almost 2 hours ride going south from Chiang Mai center is the highest peak of Thailand. Soaring up to 2565m above sea level, it is located at Chong Thong district, and this mountain is a cousin of the Himalayas. Doi Inthanon is also known as “The Roof of Thailand,” basically because it is the highest mountain in the country. Continue reading