Phuket down, Chiang Mai up
I do realize that we are probably not going to have another tsunami at any
time soon but, having been to Phuket for several years running and found it
very uninteresting in the rainy season (though glorious in the dry), we
decided to try Chiang Mai this time—and are very glad we did so.
The weather is balmy and the rains seem almost predictable so we can duck
indoors for that extra shopping or a quick drink when they arrive. But what
we will remember most is the devotion to HM the King that all the citizens
seem to show with parades and a sea of yellow shirts everywhere. Having long
been admirers of His Majesty and his works, we found it heart warming.
We were also lucky enough to be here during Khao Phansa, Buddhist lent and
were able to witness all the wonderful traditional religious events
celebrated on that day, particularly the parade of the candles. How
wonderfully carved and decorated.
In all, a holiday to remember and we have only touched on all the things we
could do here. We look forward to our return next year to take up where we
left off. We’ll try and catch the flower festival or Loi Khratong next
time, having heard these are well worth seeing in Chiang Mai.
Thank you City of the Lanna Kings, we will return, wait for us.
Drusilla and Maurice D’Arcy-Lafont