Monthly Archives: November 2016

Festivals of Thailand



Once again we are in the right place at that the right time … Chiang Mai, Thailand, on Monday November 14, 2016!  How does this keep happening to us?  Maybe it’s because we can then share our experiences – such as the Festivals of Thailand – with those who have never visited Southeast Asia as well as those who have, but missed these special events.

On the night of the full moon, the Festivals of Loi Krathong and Yi Peng took place in Chiang Mai as well as other parts of Southeast Asia.  And what an amazing display it was.  It was also the night of the Supermoon, when the moon was the brightest, largest and closest to earth since January, 26 1948! 

We started the afternoon/evening by meeting a friend at a restaurant called The Dukes  located on the banks of the Ping River.  There are four locations in Chiang Mai and all are known for superb western style food – and large portions, so come hungry! dukes-chiang-mai-burgers-900x505

A Brief History of Thailand

We’re sure you are aware that the King of Thailand passed away on October 13, 2016.  This may not make much of an impact around the world but here in Thailand life changed quite dramatically. 

King Bhumibol Adulyadej ‘s reign lasted 70 years, making him the world’s longest reigning monarch.  Now king-and-queenthis honor goes to Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain who has reigned for nearly 64 years.

His Majesty is greatly revered by the people of Thailand, many of whom have known no other monarch in their life time. 

There will be a year of mourning and flags will fly at half-mast for at least the first 30 days.  All entertainment is postponed during this period and Thais are wearing black or black and white to honor their King. 

According to the Chiang Mai Expats Clubnon-Thais are not required to do this but should not wear bright colors.  We are wearing black and white when possible and have a black ribbon pinned to our shirts. 

The TV is covering the many ceremonies taking place in Bangkok as well as reviewing His Majesty’s life.  This is a very sad time for everyone in Thailand.