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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Nana Jungle market, Chiang Mai

Nana Jungle market, Chiang Mai

Today we visited one of Chiang Mai’s fantastic Saturday Markets – Nana Jungle Market. Nestled into trees on the edge of Chang Phueak, it’s a beautiful, secluded spot for a market. As you drive up, you pass lakes, streams and rice paddies. The mountains of the Doi Suthep National Park can be seen in the distance. The market itself is nestled into a wood. There’s a great variety of interesting, high quality stalls there – clothes, bread, food, crafts, coffee….

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Vegan Heaven in Chiang Mai old town

Vegan Heaven in Chiang Mai old town

Yesterday we went into Chiang Mai old town and happened across ‘Vegan Heaven’. Although we’re not Vegan, we do like the food, so thought we’d try it. Vegan Heaven restaraunt, Chiang Mai old town The restaraunt was nice, although it was definitely aimed at proper vegans, not wannabes like us. It had lots of quotes from famous vegans on the walls. I’m sure they would have been very inspiring for actual vegans, but they just served to make us feel…

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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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Grand Canyon Chiang Mai Waterpark

Grand Canyon Chiang Mai Waterpark

Yesterday we went to the Waterpark in the Grand Canyon Chiang Mai. I can honestly say that it was one of the most fun places I’ve visited in a long time! Awesomeness for kids rating: Gold Top tips Go in the afternoon if you want some shade in the kids pools (you won’t be able to get any shade in the main pool at any time of day) Don’t bring food and drink – you can’t take it into the…

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