Yee Peng is the famous lantern festival that is celebrated on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month ever year, mid way through November in Thailand.
If you are lucky enough to be in Chiang Mai at this time, then join the locals as they release floating lantern into the sky all at once. Letting the lantern go symbolises getting rid of all misfortunes of the previous year and a wish should be made which will come true if you do good deeds the following year. Karma, the buddhist way.
If your thinking about checking some of the 40,000 temples that Thailand has, then this one has to be on top of your list. Wat Pho in Bangkok is 1 of 6 royal temples in Thailand which is as good a reason as any to visit. It is one of the most important temples and in fact the largest and oldest buddhist temple in the whole of Thailand with its 99 pagodas through out. What it is really famous for is for having the largest reclining Buddha in Thailand which is 46 metre long and has 5 metre long feet, you really have to see it to believe it.
Once in a lifetime experience that you will never forget, is to visit and elephant sanctuary. Chiang Mai is the best spot to be heading to if you want to get face to face with the sacred animals. Do your research before visiting any elephant camps as you want to find one that take care for the elephants, don’t ask them to do tricks, don’t allow people to ride them or have them chained up all day. There are a number of elephant sanctuary’s in the Chiang Mai province that have taken in mistreated elephants and have provided them with a better life where they can free roam. Some of these places have been opened up to allow tourists to see the amazing animals in the natural environment where you can feed them and even go for a bathe with them in the mud.
You really haven’t been to Thailand if you haven’t been in a Tuk Tuk, weaving in and out of the crazy hectic traffic of Bangkok. I like to describe them to be like a motorbike with a sofa attached to the back. Make sure you negotiate a price with your driver before yo get in and ask him to take you where you want to go as they can massively overcharge you. But if you negotiate with a big smile on your face then you can normally get a short ride for $3-5. One of the quickest and easiest ways to get around the largest city in Thailand.
The local food in Thailand is really cheap and some of the best food you will have if you go to the right places. One of the most famous dishes in Thailand that you may have heard of is Pad Thai. This is a stir fried rice noodle dish, fried with egg, tofu, vegetables, a meat of your choice, and usually topped with some peanuts if desired. The best thing about Pad Thai is that it can be found cooked on the side of the streets on little stalls and can be whipped up and served on your plate in a couple of minutes. It’s delicious and if you’re on a tight budget, then you could have this for either breakfast, lunch or dinner every day for under £1.
Whether you’re in the city, on an island or walking along the beach, massage parlours are everywhere. Thai massage id an ancient form of massage developed by Buddhist monks in Thailand 2,500 years ago. You may be bent into a few positions you didn’t think you could get into, and the pressure can generally be quite hard, but you will feel like a new person afterwards. After your long flight to Thailand, there’s nothing better than to relax and have a one hour full body massage for approximately £5 or after walking around the temples for hours on your feet to finish up with a 30 minute foot massage for £3.
Ok, I understand this sounds a little crazy, but the locals eat them, so we should give it a go right? As your wandering through the cities or visiting night markets you will see stalls with a variety of tasty treats all fried up in a mix of herbs and spices. From grasshoppers, ants, silk worms, crickets, scorpions and tarantulas, they are safe to eat and are packed of protein and goodness. Compare them to eating a packet of crisps, they are both tasty, greasy, cheap and go great with a bottle of beer.
On of the most popular destinations in Thailand at the moment is the Phi Phi Islands and when you get there you will see why. Heading out to sea on a traditional long tail boat to check out the surrounding islands amazing marine life is a must. Some of the most beautiful fish in the world are living here amongst turtles and reef sharks for you to swim with. Not only can you snorkel during the day, but snorkel at night to experience the underwater light show. As you move around, the bioluminescent plankton will start to glow bright blue looking like stars in the water. You may remember the scene from the movie ‘The Beach’ with Leonardo DiCaprio.