Chiang Mai Local Customs

  • Flower basket out of banana leaves
    Flower basket out of banana leaves
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  • one of the little rascals
    one of the little rascals
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  • One of the participants of Miss Krathong
    One of the participants of Miss Krathong
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Most Viewed Local Customs in Chiang Mai

  • 1. Local people

    This flower market is located along the western bank of the Ping River, to the north of Nawarat Bridge. Here you can see stalls and shops selling the offering garlands that people take to temples plus...

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  • 2. Correct behaviour

    To take off your shoes is extremely important when visiting temples. At the massage rooms, it was also necessary to do so. It was even requested at one of the restaurant I went to. So, it is helpful...

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  • 3. Song Kran Festival

    Songkran Day has been celebrated as New Year's Day in the Thai solar calendar since ancient times. The date coincides with the day the sun leaves Pisces and enters Aries, usually falling on April 13...

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  • 4. Excursions

    Interested in different kinds of Fruits and Plants not found in your country? Then there is a good chance of seeing something entirely different in an Akha & Lisu village. I saw a Longan Fruit tree,...

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  • 5. Wat Suan Dok - Music

    When I visited this temple, which is located about 1km west of the city walls, a small group of musicians started playing traditional Thai instruments inside...

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  • 6. MONKEYS.....FOR FOOD.....or.....PETS?

    When visiting and Akha village, make sure you keep your eyes open when wandering around the Village, as you never know what you might see!At the Village we...

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  • 7. TEAK TREES

    On my tour to Doi Inthanon National Park, I noticed a lot of Trees that I hadn't seen before. On asking my guide what they were, she told me they were Teak...

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  • 8. WAT CHEDI LUANG MONK CHAT

    If you want to learn about the Monks and Buddhism, then you can do so here at Wat Chedi Luang. You can have a free 'Monk Chat' from 1 to 6.30pm Monday to...

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  • 9. MONKS & STRAY DOGS

    On visiting Wat Chedi Luang, one of the things I noticed was the amount of stray dogs here. Actually, they look after the strays here, and there are a few...

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  • 10. Water Festival

    Every year on April there is the Water Festival, at that time of the yeast when it is very hot everyone just celebrating. However, I was a bit early for this...

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  • 11. Geckos Abound

    In any given restaurant or guest house, you're bound to see tiny green geckos flitting all over the outside walls and ceilings. Don't be alarmed.These little...

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  • 12. Loi Krathong

    This is a festival (best celebrated in the North) where the Thais thank the godness of water. Therefore the main activities are centred along rivers, lakes and...

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  • 13. LOI KRATHONG FESTIVAL

    When you are traveling in the month of November in Thailand, try to assist at the Loi Krathong Festival, falling on the 12 th Full Moon of the Lunar Calender....

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  • 14. One little motorbike!

    You can't see it in this picture - but there's a little side-motorbike - or is this supposed to be the sidecart with the load! Definitely a rider in charge of...

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  • 15. Doggie fashion

    We had a lot of laughs through Thailand, especially at the markets in Bangkok, at the array of doggy fashions! This delightful girl and her "friend" were...

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  • 16. Loy Kratong Festival

    On fool moon in the 12th month of the year (around october - november) people celebrate Loy Kratong festival. They thank the godess of the water because they...

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  • 17. Tips for bargaining in Thailand

    Bargaining is part of the culture in Thailand. The vast majority of markets and small stores not only allow it, but expect it. That said, there here are some...

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  • 18. Loi Krathong Festival Part VI

    Kome Kwaen are also offered to pay respect, and prayers to Buddha images are made. There are several shapes of this certain lantern. They are the Baat Pra (Alms...

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  • 19. Loi Krathong Festival Part VII

    It is believed that by sending off these lanterns an individual can send one's sins and bad luck into the air. Usually before the lantern soars into the sky, an...

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  • 20. Loi Krathong Festival Part V

    As mentioned earlier, these lanterns were devoted to the three different gods. The lanterns were also presented to high ranking officials and wealthy people. It...

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  • 21. Loi Krathong Festival Part IV

    Tradition has it that the very first Krathong was made by a beautiful young lady at the royal court of the ancient Kingdom of Sukhothai some 700 years ago. Her...

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  • 22. Loi Krathong Festival Part III

    The Krathong are traditionally made from cut sections of bamboo, with neatly folded pieces of banana leaf around the edge, giving the appearance of a lotus...

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  • 23. Loi Krathong Festival Part II

    With the rainy season gone, the night sky is clear and coolness fills the air. On the night of Loy Krathong itself, the full moon sails over the horizon into a...

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  • 24. The Loi Krathong Festival Part I

    If you like candles placed in colorful paper lanterns, fireworks, beautiful girls in traditional dress, parade floats, lots of food, and parties, do not miss...

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  • 25. Respect Their Sacred Sites

    When entering a Wat or temple be sure to remove your shoes prior to entering the structure. If you visit a lesser known temple they may not be used to frequent...

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