Fah Thai Magazine March/April 2018 - Infight Magazine of Bangkok Airways

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HAPPENINGS

THAILAND CHIANG MAI

THAILAND CHIANG RAI

One way to celebrate Songkran

in its most traditional form is a

good dousing of water and even

more non-stop fun where it all

began – Chiang Mai. The Water

Festival actually marks the Thai

New Year and it is the longest and

most anticipated public holiday

in Thailand. This year, official

celebrations in Chiang Mai starts

from April 12 to April 15. Following

ancient traditions, there will

be religious ceremonies held to

auspiciously mark the beginning

SPOTLIGHT

Mother of All Songkran

of the New Year. The first day will

feature a long parade with Phra Singh,

one of Thailand’s most sacred Buddha

statues and a chance for everyone

to join in the bathing ritual of the

sacred statues.

People in traditional costumes

will perform cultural dances during

the procession. The province will

also hold a beauty contest for Miss

Songkran and the other for Mister

Songkran. On the streets, foreign

visitors must be prepared for a “warm

welcome” from the hosts, who will

greet them with water pistols or

buckets full of water. Traffic will

come to a standstill as part of the

festival charm, with many roads

crammed with people celebrating and

visitors are encouraged to explore as

many fun spots as possible.

Chiang Mai Municipal, +66 (0) 53 359 365

MISTY ON DOI PHA MEE

Doi Pha Mee village, literally

means “Bear mountain,” – a

former opium plantation in Chiang

Rai turned coffee growing area.

Coffee produced by the Akha hill

tribespeople is more than just a

commodity; it’s also an expression

of love and care from the late King

Bhumibol who worked hard to

transform the community. Now

the Akha tribespeople have also

developed a community-based

tourism programme, allowing

tourists to catch a glimpse of their

daily lives through various activities.

Visitors can join the local people

in planting fruits and vegetables,

picking and roasting home-grown

coffee, weaving and embroidering

indigenous clothing or sample their

freshly-brewed Arabica coffee.

The community still observes old

traditions and one of the must-see

attractions on the mountain is the

wooden giant swing. Men in the

village would remove the wooden

seat and swing as high as they

could to prove their manhood. In

addition, it is the focal point of the

Akha new year. Tourists can also

hop on the swing; it’s actually a

pretty safe activity. Those interested

in absorbing the environment a

bit longer can stay a night or two

on the highlands, where there are

various homestay accommodations.

Alternatively, the tourists can also

erect tents in areas designated for

camping. The spot uniquely offers

a great view of three countries –

Thailand’s Mae Sai district, Tachileik

in Myanmar and Laos. It’s an

unforgettable sight as Doi Pha Mee

greets visitors with mornings mists

and a scenery that’s serene and

beautiful. tourismthailand.org/chiangrai,

+66 (0) 53 717 433,

+66 (0) 53 744 674-5

GET TO KNOW LOANG HIM KAO

Add smart purchases to your Chiang Mai trip with clothing and textiles

ranging from tie-dyed items to creations with elaborate embroidery done by

the Mon people. Known as the Loang Him Kao community, you can now visit

and support their creations of handmade items.

Loang Him Kao also offers various workshops for everyone to participate,

such as ones on traditional Lanna cooking, crafting earrings from “teen jok”

fabric, and learning the art of dyeing in the Japanese Shibori style. For those

wanting to learn more about the community and their projects, a local guide

is available at 500 baht per visit. facebook.com/Loanghimkao,

+66 (0) 85 037 5252

AN ARTS VENUE

PAST AND FUTURE

A must-visit for those wanting to learn

more about Chiang Mai, now that the

Chiang Mai City Arts and Culture Centre

has just finished renovations; recently

unveiling 15 multi-media permanent

exhibition rooms. The centre is home to

interesting Lanna arts and exhibitions

with comprehensive history and traditions

of the northern region.

The centre introduced 15 permanent

exhibition rooms under the “Discover

the Origins of Chiang Mai’s Identity”

theme. The presentations are spectacular

with usage of new media like video,

software, models and graphic boards and

comprehensive descriptions. Do carve

out some time, it is worth spending an

hour or more at the centre. Tickets cost

90 baht. Open Tuesday to Sunday from

8.30am to 5pm, cmocity.com,

+66 (0) 53 217 793

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