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Month: November 2017

Learn Thai in 2 weeks

Learn Thai in 2 weeks

I’ve decided that all my usual excuses are silly and that I should learn Thai. I’m living here after all, and it would make things so much easier. Not to mention the (mental) gold stars that I could give myself for not only learning a new language, but an Asian one at that. Friends and family, I invite you to join me (it’ll be fun, I promise!). Thai basics Thai has polite words: ‘kaa’ for women and ‘krup’ for men. Thai…

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Yee Peng Festival of Lights (Yi Peng), Chiang Mai

Yee Peng Festival of Lights (Yi Peng), Chiang Mai

In Chiang Mai, the Loy Krathong festival is coupled with the Yee Peng festival of lights (also known as ‘Yi Peng’). The celebrations occur over a 3 day period around the day of the full moon in the 12th month of the Thai Lunar calendar. Loy Krathong is celebrated around Southeast Asia, but Yee Peng is unique to Chiang Mai. Read about the Loy Krathong Festival opening ceremony here Yee Peng Festival Sky Lanterns The main event of Yee Peng…

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Loy Krathong ‘Floating Basket’ festival opening ceremony, Chiang Mai

Loy Krathong ‘Floating Basket’ festival opening ceremony, Chiang Mai

The Loy Krathong festival is one of the biggest events of the year in Chiang Mai. It is a Siamese festival, that is held in Thailand and many of the surrounding countries. It is usually held sometime in October or November, on the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai Lunar calendar. So in the Western calendar the dates differ each year. Loy Krathong festival Loy Krathong means ‘decorative floats’. Floats are traditionally made from banana leaf with…

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7 Reasons to travel with kids infographic

7 Reasons to travel with kids infographic

Before we had kids we spent all of our free time travelling. People seemed to take this in their stride. However, as soon as I got pregnant we started getting comments like ‘get all your travel in now because once you have kids it’ll all be over’. Sound familiar? Yep, I bet it does. It seems that every expectant parent is plagued by this kind of thing. Of course you can travel with kids. There are thousands of families out…

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