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Fah Thai Magazine Jan-Feb 2017

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND Hilltribe Discoveries Northern Thailand is noteworthy for its various hilltribes and many visitors take extensive treks to be with the tribes. A good way to begin learning about the unique history and culture of the tribes is at the Hilltribe Museum and Education Centre in Chiang Rai. In addition to an informative slide show, visitors can learn about typical traditional clothing, their use of bamboo, histories and the various community projects the museum helps fund. www.pdacr.org Become a Yoga Pro The Yoga Teachers Training Course programme, designed by the Wise Living Yoga Academy (accredited by Yoga Alliance, USA & The International Board of Yoga, India) intends to provide a strong foundation in Yoga for those who are interested regardless of ages and nationalities. The 200-hour courses (International Programmes) are held several times a year at the Yoga centre in Chiang Mai and will provide an internationally recognised Yoga Certificate for participants who successfully complete the course. teachertraining.wiselivingyoga.com Festive Artisan Umbrellas Located six kilometres from Chiang Mai town, the Handmade Umbrella and Handicrafts Festival is held on the third weekend in January. This annnual event is a celebration of the more than 100-year-old tradition of umbrella making in the village of Bo Sang. It is said that a monk travelling in Myanmar learned of a unique technique of using saa paper for making umbrellas. Saa paper has unique properties for umbrella making – it is lightweight, durable and its grain structure prevents water from easily seeping through. The monk brought this technique to the artisans of Bo Sang who were already known for the quality of their work. As a result, they used their artisan skills and turned saa paper into umbrellas that has become a uniquely Thai craft. +66 (0) 53 338 956, +66 (0) 53 338 049 SPOTLIGHT Chiang Mai by Night One of the best ways to discover Chiang Mai is to participate in a three-hour privately guided night tour. Led by a knowledgeable guide, participants will first visit a Buddhist temple and see chanting monks during meditation. After the temple, the guide brings participants to a six-course dinner of delicious Northern Thai specialities in a charming garden setting. For dessert, this will be sampled in true Thai fashion from street vendors at Warorot Market. The tour includes round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle. viator.com Photo: Wongtawee Taweepasas 90 Fah Thai