6 Tricks to Surviving the Thailand Songkran Water Fight

Happy start of Songkran! Songkran is the New Year celebration in Thailand that happens in April and celebrates the changing of the seasons. The country has festivities in every city to celebrate, and it includes all out water fights.  Water is a sign of good fortune for the new year, like you are washing away the ju-ju of last year and starting the new year with a clean slate. I was lucky enough to join in on the fun this year, and here are a few things that I learned along the way.   If you plan on visiting Thailand during this time, there are rituals to be aware of before the holiday.  Small businesses close to be with families, and roads get busy with travelers. In the spirit of a new start to the new year, people clean their homes and businesses, and visit temples. If you are traveling […]

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Getting Some Photo Love From MatadorU

So flattered that I photo I took was shared with some travel journalists at MatadorU and I just wanted to share. “This photo was taken on the steps up to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, in Chiang Mai. As I walked up the stairs to explore the mountaintop temple, I saw the Hill Tribe people scattered among the tourists, in traditional costumes. Groups of girls were playing on the steps as little girls do, and one caught my eye. Something about her reminded me of my own daughter; she had a similar hairstyle with a little button nose and almond-shaped eyes. As I got closer to her, I could see there was a confidence about her that also was similar to my daughter. I tried to explain with my unclear hand gestures how she was like my daughter, and she just laughed at me. I continued to ask her if […]

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Pad Thai for Two (Part 3) Why Chiang Mai was My Favorite Part of the Trip

After a long night out in Bangkok, we boarded a flight to check out the northern city of Chiang Mai.  My friend, Rachelle, and I were out in Bangkok celebrating her birthday and had taken a two week trip to explore Thailand, and we were officially of to our next destination.  Bangkok was so much fun, we were excited to see what this next location had in store for us. I did some research prior to leaving California, and this was the city I was most excited for.  We were coming there just in time for Songkran, the Thai new year celebration.  The holiday is a celebration of the change in seasons and the city basically ends up in an all out water fight for three days (which was actually longer than 3 days, as we found out).  We also didn’t realize until Bangkok, that a lot of people actually […]

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