Chiang Mai

10 things you need to know about Thailand before you go

10 things you need to know about Thailand before you go

Thailand is a country of many contradictions. It has the richest royal family in the world, and some of its poorest citizens. It has remote rural mountain villages where communities live by subsistence farming, thriving cities, and blissful island beaches. It has so much to offer to travellers, but it can be overwhelming, and you’ll find that the stereotypes about Thailand are hopelessly one dimensional and flawed.

To help you enjoy your time here to the maximum, here are some handy tips, practical and cultural. After all, a little homework never hurts…

Songkran Festival 2019 Schedule

Songkran Festival 2019 Schedule

Songkran (Thai: เทศกาลสงกรานต์, pronounced [tʰêːt.sā.kāːn sǒŋ.krāːn]) is the Thai New Year's national holiday. Songkran is 13 April every year. In 2019, the holiday will be observed 12–16 April as 13 April falls on a Saturday. The word "Songkran" comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti (Devanāgarī: संक्रांति), literally "astrological passage", meaning transformation or change.

10 Instagrammable spots in Chiang Mai

10 Instagrammable spots in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai is an incredibly visually diverse place. Stylish cafes, lush greenery, chic cocktail bars, and ancient temples are at every corner, so wandering round the city for a day will give you enough material for the ‘gram for weeks. But if you’re pushed for time and need some pointers, here are ten spots for really gorgeous shots.

Magical Chai Lai

Magical Chai Lai

Those of us in the Chai Lai team share a dream: to create a place that gives back to the community, provides a safe home and training for at-risk women here in Chiang Mai, and helps elephants. But we are not experts in hospitality, business or marketing - we are regular people muddling through, with the kind help of volunteers who lend a hand when they can…