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Fah Thai Magazine Nov/Dec 2017

“FAH THAI” is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND CHIANG MAI / CHIANG RAI Considered one of Thailand’s most picturesque and atmospheric festivals, “Loy Krathong” comes along annually in the evening of the full moon and in the 12th month of the lunar calendar. This year, it falls on November 4. People release the “krathong (floats creatively made from banana trunk and banana leaves and flowers) into rivers, canal and lakes to pay respect to the Goddess of the River. In Chiang Mai, the festival has an extra dimension with Yi Peng, the Northern Thai festival of sky lanterns. Together, both festivals result in an impressively glittering night scene, with breath-taking sights of the candle-lit krathong gliding on the rivers while the Yi Peng floats along in the night sky. SPOTLIGHT Loy Krathong at the Four Seasons For those looking for an ideal celebration in Chiang Mai, an exclusive Loy Krathong night at the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai is an all-encompassing experience. To make it memorable, plan a stay at the hotel, enjoy a traditional Lanna-style dinner for two and join in festival lantern and krathong making workshops, culminating into the release of the krathong and wishing lanterns known as khom loy. On Loy Krathong Day itself, ride into town for the Krathong Parade and witness the delightful sight of glowing lights in the sky. You’ll also get the best vantage point by the river to release lanterns for blessings and good fortune. The special package covers accommodations, daily breakfast and roundtrip airport transfers. fourseasons. com/chiangmai/offers/loykrathongfestival-of-lights, +66 (0) 53 298 181 SUSTAINING ECOTEXTILES For people with a preference for ecological textiles and use of natural dyes, including handweaving processes or the artisan skills of handicrafts – it’s worth sparing half a day or even a full day checking out Studio Naenna in Chiang Mai. Founded by a former UN official Patricia Cheesman, the studio is managed by her daughter Morna who also designs clothing, while she focuses on textile design. Their mission is to preserve and revitalise traditional Thai and Lao textiles and promote eco-textiles. The work is carried out in collaboration with local weavers and the practice of fair trade. Booking ahead is recommended for those wanting to learn details about the treasures available there. Opening hours: 9am - 5pm, 38/8 Soi Chang Khian, Huay Kaew Road, Tambon Chang Phueak, Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai, +66 (0) 53 266 042 96