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The Black House (Baan Dam) Chiang Rai

The Black House (Baan Dam) Chiang Rai

The macabre Black House (Baan Dam) is generally seen as an essential part of any Chiang Rai trip. I have to say, I couldn’t get over the horror of it. Yes, it’s art. Yes, it’s very impressive. Yes, the architecture is fantastic. However, even now when I look back over photos of it, it makes me shiver. Thanwan Duchanee, the artist who built it, was a collector of animal parts. I could just about get over that for the sake…

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The White Temple in Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun)

The White Temple in Chiang Rai (Wat Rong Khun)

Wat Rong Khun, the White Temple, is probably the most famous temple in Chiang Rai. The complex where it’s located is also the largest of the 4 that we saw and contains many buildings to see. The White Temple is (as you’d expect from the name) painted entirely in white, to represent purity. It’s also covered with small mirrors, so glitters spectacularly in the sun. It’s really an amazing sight. There were times when I couldn’t even look at it…

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Khun Korn waterfall, Chiang Rai, with kids

Khun Korn waterfall, Chiang Rai, with kids

Khun Korn waterfall is known as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Chiang Rai. It’s a 1.5km moderately challenging hike through the forest to get to it. We weren’t sure about whether to attempt the hike with our 2 small kids (11 months and 2 years 9 months). With very little information online about doing this walk with children, we decided just to go for it. The hike took around 40 minutes up to the waterfall and around 30…

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Doing a ‘visa run’ from Thailand to Myanmar (Burma) with kids

Doing a ‘visa run’ from Thailand to Myanmar (Burma) with kids

Last weekend we did our first ‘visa run’ to Myanmar. We’re on a 6 month, multi-entry visitor visa to Thailand. When entering Thailand on this visa you get a stamp with leave to remain in Thailand for 60 days. We had the option to pay 1900 baht¬†(¬£44/$58USD) at immigration for a 30 day extension. However with 4 of us it would get pretty expensive. You have to pay every cost (visas, visa extensions etc) per passport, meaning that our 11…

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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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Have I created a wizard?

Have I created a wizard?

Since Jack turned 2 he’s been really interested in videos on my phone. Little narcissist that he is, his favourite videos are always of himself playing. If we’re out and about then we can often forestall the grizzles by watching videos of old trips. It works out quite well – it’s an incentive for me to video interesting things because I know that they’ll be useful for him later on. However, it seems to have created a problem that he…

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Lunch at Black Canyon Coffee (near Tesco Lotus)

Lunch at Black Canyon Coffee (near Tesco Lotus)

We seem to be doing a lot of lunches out this week! This one wasn’t planned, but turned out pretty well – the Black Canyon Coffee shop near the Tesco Lotus (San Sai district, Chiang Mai). It started as a bit of bad parenting on our parts (!). We decided to go out at snack time. I promised Jack that I’d bring some rice cakes for him in the car, and then promptly forgot in all the hustle and bustle…

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Korean BBQ for lunch

Korean BBQ for lunch

We’ve been a bit lazy with our lunches recently (the restaurant in our complex is good, cheap and they speak English). We decided to be a bit more adventurous and take the boys out to a Korean BBQ. Korean BBQ For those who don’t know, Korean BBQ invoves buying your meat raw. You then BBQ it yourself on a hot plate in front of you. When you arrive they come and take the cover off the centre of the table….

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