Day 18: A Festival of Lights and a Chat with Monks November 1st 2009 We are so lucky.
Today is the first day of one of the most important festivals in Chiang Mai; we weren't aware of this when we'd initially mapped out the dates.
Loi Krathong is a 2-day festival that celebrates the harvest and the end of the rainy season, and always takes place during a full moon (tomorrow night). People pour into Chiang Mai from all over Thailand to do three things:
1. Pa ... read more
Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Chiang Mai A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy.... ... read more
We've decided to take off six months to see Asia and Australia and revisit New Zealand before we turn 40. Angelique's been to Asia once (Bhutan, a few days in Malaysia, only one in Singapore) and this will be Adrian's first time on the continent. Neither one of us has been to Australia but we did spend 3 weeks in New Zealand in 2007 and can't wait to return. If all goes well, our plan to is to spend a week in Japan, six weeks in southeast Asia, 2-3 in Australia and then 3 months in New Zealand, returning home to San Francisco in late March, 2010. Enjoy the blog!... full info