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!
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.
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 Club, non-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.