A Thai Art Form – Woodcarving

  Woodcarving can be regarded as a characteristic decorative Thai art form. It reflects the fertility and vitality of nature in technique and subject matter. Wood has been primarily used for furniture and religious objects, and thus not so much for creating Buddha statues. Hence, woodcarvers have sought their inspiration primarily in nature and mythology since they have been free of restrictive iconography. Thai Woodcarving Carved wooden facade at…

ASEAN Flower Festival

The ASEAN Flower Festival is an annual event in Chiang Rai.  This year it is open from Dec 25th 2018 until January 13th 2019.  Displays, foods and flowers are presented from all over the ASEAN community.

Walk on the Dark Side – Hall of Opium Chiangrai

Worshiped for the sense of euphoria it brings and loathed for the depression that follows as its effects wear off, opium is one of the most addictive drugs known to man. Visitors to the Hall of Opium in Chiang Rai will learn about the drug’s medicinal benefits, its social implications, the wars it has caused and much, much more, and leave this fascinating museum with…

Boon Rawd Brewery Farm Chiangrai

Boon rawd Brewery and Singha Corporation own the Rai Boon rawd Farm, which has extensive plantations of barley and tea. Recently it started to promote the farm as a tourist attraction for study tours and mountain bike trips. Route R3A links Thailand with Laos and Xishuangbanna Prefecture in Yunnan province, southern China, from where major highways lead to Kunming. In Thailand, the route passes through…

Chiang Rai’s Oub Kham Museum

Chiang Rai’s Oub Kham Museum exhibits thousands of rare Lanna items, as well as the artefacts of the Tai people from neighbouring countries Starting as a passionate collector of items of Lanna art and culture 20 years ago, a retired teacher Julasak Suriyachai opened his house as a private museum to exhibit thousands of rare and hard to find northern-style items, as well as the…

Tour the Mekong River from Chiang Rai

Our journey begins in Thailand, where we board a small long tail boat in Chiang Rai, Chiang Khong district, cross the Mekong River to Huay Xai on the side of the border of Laos. The weather gods are not on our side and the small craft is hit by rain, wind and current in the rough. The cry of the women passengers with fear as…