Anantara Chiang Mai Loy Kratong

Loy Kratong & the Festival of Lights

Thailand is known for festivals – there seems to be a different festival every month – but the two most well known festivals are Songkran (April) and Loy Kratong (November). These festivals are celebrated by everyone, and the country usually comes to a standstill for a couple of days, so holidaymakers be warned; If you…

Phuket Chiang Mai Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian Festival Chiang Mai – 20 -28th October

Thailand’s yearly Vegetarian Festival has its roots in a nine day Taoist celebration called the Nine Emperor Gods Festival and is now incorporated into Thai Buddhist practices. It starts on the eve of the 9th lunar month in the Chinese calendar and this year begins on Friday 20th October 2017 continuing through to Saturday 28th…

Ballooning in Chiang Mai

Luxurious Hot Air Ballooning in Chiang Mai

  If you are looking for a relaxing adventure whilst on holiday, or the perfect special treat for yourself and a loved one, then spending the morning floating above the clouds followed by an afternoon being pampered is the perfect Chiang Mai activity. So it’s great news that luxury spa Fah Lanna Spa and Balloon Adventure…

Makkha Health & Spa Luxury Chiang Mai

Makkha Health & Spa

On a rainy afternoon in September, I went to visit Makkha Health & Spa, tucked neatly into a small soi in the old city, and a stone’s throw from the Ratchamanka Hotel. Despite Makkha being one of the top ranking spa’s on Tripadvisor I hadn’t come across it during my book research, and it was only…

Nancy Chandler Maps

Exploring Thailand with Nancy Chandler Maps

In Chiang Mai, Nancy Chandler needs no introduction. Almost everyone who has spent more than a few weeks in Chiang Mai will have discovered her colourful, quirky little map crammed with so many places that it’s a wonder how she ever 1) managed to walk all those streets and find the locations, and 2) managed…