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Saturday 10 December about five kilometers after Ban Lao (on the road from Wiang Chai to Chiang Khong, about 33 kms from town) there is a Tantawan event.

Enormeous fields with blossoming sunflowers, not the Mexican ones but the BIG ones. Thai-boxing, music, dance, trips on rot-i-teng and all this sprinkled with alcoholic refreshments. They have snacks, ice-water and coke as well.

This year the festival is 28, 29 and 30 December.

It is a little bit later than last year, so I hope the sunflowers will still blossom.

The reason that it is late might be that there were some uncertainties about who would pocket the money. The money is coming out of the provincial budget. It seems that this problem finally got solved.

It's really worth a visit. Especially the trip on a rot-i-teng (Thai farmers truck, sounding like teng-teng-teng) through the sunflower fields is an unforgettable experience. There is a stage, where musicians perform on the rythm of the movements of some scarcely dressed young ladies (or the other way around). Later on the day you can witness young kids, young ladies and young gentlemen punch each others noses and kicking each other in a boxing ring. Some of the fights seem real as people are betting on the outcome. A lot of food stands and places to buy fruit juice and other drinks. Yes, also beer and wissekey.

For five Baht you can dance as well. Ladies are provided with.

A nice trip for the afternoon. After dark it is better to be out, because it happens sometimes that people, slightly under the influence of some alcoholic refreshments, start to punch each others noses even outside the boxing ring.

As I said before: It's really worth a visit :D

How to go there:

You go through the ceremonial gate with the portrait of His Majesty at Hi Yek (Por Khun or King Mengrai, direction Family House and Sportstadium)) to the next village at about six kilometers. It is called Ban Panjamorn. There you take to the left at the end of the village. You will see signs pointing in the direction of Waterford Valley, the golf course, just follow these.

(after two kilometers you have to take to the right, some hundred meters before arriving at the dam in the Kok River, the bridge isn't fixed yet, but they are already working on it for some years, so one day it will be ready, that's for sure) After the deviation you will be back on the beautiful road along the Kok River.

When this road ends after about 16 kilometers, you take to the left. Then you have another ten kilometers to go, passing through Ban Lao. It is some kilometers before the Waterford Valley. You will see the signs.

Limbo :o

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If I am right (which certainly isn't the case allways, so be aware) tomorrow, Thursday 25 January at 18.00 hours, there will be a special ceremony in the Hom Doi area

(The Hom Doi area is considered to be the oldest part of Chiang Rai town and King Mengrai, when founding Chiang Rai, supposedly chose the hill for strategical reasons. It's the hill which offers a beautiful view on the miraculous meandering 8 lane road which abruptly ends at the 2 lane Mae Fah Luang bridge and the city navel pillar is right on top of it).

Also on top of it you will find the old Wat Muang (?) with the 'golden' chedi.

This chedi is said to contain some earthly remains of King Mengrai himself.

These will be moved to a new shelter lower down the same mountain.

I expect this to be done in a spectacular way, so if you are in the neighbourhood it might be well worth to have a look.

Limbo :o

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Wow, Limbo! I'm impressed!!! something actually meaningful and informative on this site! a first?

Hom Doi, by the way, is an old euphemism pertaining to whorehouses along the street with the long, LONG name on the hill's south side (where the electric company is). It had lots of perfume-wearing ladies long, long ago (over 10 years ago anyway, maybe more than 15) and so became "good-smell hill". It's real name is Doi Jom-tong, sometimes called just Doi Tong. The Taoist shrine at the top of the stairs no-one uses is great, especially the doors.

Sometimes, above, I've notices a minah bird. I've also been rebuked for driving up the wrong way... streets around there can be confusing. Nearby is a shrine to a tiger-warrior I've never been able to get any explanation for...

actually, there are two hills - but they get the same name (like Doi Luang - we have two Great Mountains here in CR Prov)

In Nam Lad (north of the river, west side) there was just a honey harvest, if anyone's interested. I think the harvesters were Karen, but am not sure. The gov't reports less than 7000 Karen here in CR, but my wife sways there are many more who claim to be, coming from China and hoping to acquire citizenship... (which my wife still cannot obtain!)

anyone know anything about the place the Fight Club was turned into (across from German microbrewery, whose beer seems to have quite varient quality, sometimes less tasty than I've made myself)?

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Nice to see this post which I originally started, re-activated.

I had requested that it would be pinned to the top of the forum where it could be added to, as various activities occured in and around Chiang Rai but it was denied.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing you all at the exhibition.

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Nice to see this post which I originally started, re-activated.

Ohhh, are you and Limbo same person? Sorry, I did not know!

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Nice to see this post which I originally started, re-activated.

Ohhh, are you and Limbo same person? Sorry, I did not know!

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Why do you ask such a stupid question :o when you personally know both people?

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A lot happening in Chiang Rai in the near future.

The Lychee and Fruit fair starts on the 1st May until 3rd May( not sure of location)

also there is an expo(trade stalls) open for two weeks near the flower market.

Little Duck hotel has a computer exhibition from 1st to 3rdMay.

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A lot happening in Chiang Rai in the near future.

The Lychee and Fruit fair starts on the 1st May until 3rd May( not sure of location)

also there is an expo(trade stalls) open for two weeks near the flower market.

Little Duck hotel has a computer exhibition from 1st to 3rdMay.

Was just up there for a few days , IMO just about the most beautiful part of Thailand.

Lychees were 10 baht a kilo , damm they are just about giving them away!!!

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A lot happening in Chiang Rai in the near future.

The Lychee and Fruit fair starts on the 1st May until 3rd May( not sure of location)

also there is an expo(trade stalls) open for two weeks near the flower market.

Little Duck hotel has a computer exhibition from 1st to 3rdMay.

Computer exhibition??? As in local and national retailers hawking their wares? I need a new desk top unit. The old ASUS laptop has seen better days.

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On the 25th of this month, the Chiangrai Youth Orchestra will perform at the Wiang Inn.

Among the young musicians there will be around 10 hill tribes violinists.

The concert was prepared by Belgian violinist Geertje Podevyn and will be directed by Ajarn Paramet.

Be welcome.

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About what time please?

Thanks

6pm is the welcome drink. The concert should start around 6.30 :o

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This is a good example of the posting a year ago.

So what is going on in Chiang Rai now and what is coming up next month?

:o:D:D

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