LETTERS
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Phuket down, Chiang Mai up

Phuket down, Chiang Mai up

Dear Editor
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