Chiang Mai Loy Krathong: 2007

My first trip to CNX was seven years ago!

(low photo quality!!! paiseh ah)

wahhhhh big

wahhhhh big

was there for Loy Krathong as well.

my first time releasing khom loy!

my first time releasing khom loy!



There was this booth set up by some uni students teaching people to make krathongs


yay our first krathong! handmade!! took a pic with our aajans.


let it goooooooo let it goooooooooo



we arrived from a 5am bus. checked in at the guest house around 10am , then slepttttt till 4pm.

too tired. and hungry…

sibeh blur and sleepy

sibeh blur and sleepy

yay fireworks.

yay fireworks.

the boat ride along mae ping was SO SCARY. people were pointing all the fire cracker stuff towards the river!

the boat ride along mae ping was SO SCARY. people were pointing all the fire cracker stuff towards the river!

CHEAP until cannot youtiao. 3 pieces plus tao huay zui GUESS HOW MUCH

CHEAP until cannot youtiao. 3 pieces plus tao huay zui GUESS HOW MUCH


chiangmai has changed so much over the years.. it was all simple fun and personal. and one noticeable change was… tha pae gate.


people could take the stairs and go up to have a nice view of the busy walking street.

but tourism has taken its toll on my beloved town. stupiak farangs took the advantage of the currency exchange and drank so much that someone apparently got drunk and fell off from here.

not forgetting tourists who had no awareness. throwing rubbish and dirtying the place…

well.. chiangmai is still one of my favourite 3 places in Thailand to explore.
i think i know chiangmai better than i know orchard road.

and also because….


I LOVE KHAO SOY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

find out what you can do in chiangmai here!

teehee, T.

ans: 30cents or 6baht.  ;D

Chiang Mai, Loy Krathong 2013 (2556)



releasing Khom Loy in ChiangMai

releasing Khom Loy in ChiangMai

Loi Krathong[a] (Thai: ลอยกระทง, IPA: [lɔːj kràʔ tʰoŋ]) is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand and certain parts of Laos and Burma(in Shan State). The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.

so says Wikipedia.



T decided to go against the will of her bosses and took leave on crucial dates to attend Loy Krathong, afterall National festivals dont change dates to fit people’s schedule.  the bosses are still harping on it. but really, without me, the company can still function. so WHO CARES.

so T was thrilled when Thai Airways had a mastercard promotion. all in fares for $230!!!  THANK YOU THAI AIRWAYS AND MASTERCARD ❤ ❤ ❤



from Singapore Changi Airport, i fly to Suvarnabhumi airport then transit to Chiang Mai international Airport



you know what that means? TWO MEALS

meal onboard Thai Airway SG to BKK

meal onboard Thai Airway SG to BKK

Meal onboard Thai Airway BKK to CNX

Meal onboard Thai Airway BKK to CNX

and FREE CHECK INs!!!!!! OMG!!!!!! neh mind the 1hr plus transit. i can eat Krispy Kreme while waiting. heh dont even need to queue okie.






next. stay where?

airbnb solved it all.

booked my accomodation with Zak Residence and stayed around Suthep area. peace.

View from the apartment. how ironic right?

View from the apartment. how ironic right?


that's doi suthep!!!

that’s doi suthep!!!

they were very nice to arrange for a pick up at the airport for only 100baht. (i chose to stay out of the touristy area)



Listen to this as you read on to get you into the mood!


very soon on arrival T and friends went to Mae Ping (Ping River) for the Loy Krathong Parade.

the famous Tha Pae gate.

the famous Tha Pae gate.

somehow, time seems to      S    L    O    W       D    O    W    N       in Chiangmai. we walked from  Thapae gate to Mae Ping and stopped along the way every other minute to snap snap snap…


blur pic. too crowded. and people were pushing around. boo.


so sad!! another blur pic!!!!  the police were shoving people aside la.




had street side food for dinner,

the somtam from this stall is really SHIOK

the somtam from this stall is really SHIOK


purposely put big big.

walked around to find the cheapest khom loys, released our own khom loys,







walked along the river, friends made their own krathongs …

creative krathong

creative krathong

learning to make their own krathong along the street

learning to make their own krathong along the street


release the krathongs….

ready to let it go let it gooooooo

ready to let it go let it gooooooo

Happy !

Happy !

achievement unlocked!

achievement unlocked!

and realised we only spent less than 2 hours!!!



next day, i made my own krathong!! the lovely lady who taught us is a friend, Miw, a cooking teacher at We Cook.


Tadaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! my second time making my own krathong!!!

Tadaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! my second time making my own krathong!!!

went back to Mae Ping at night.

locals who are never shy to invite people to join in their fun

locals who are never shy to invite people to join in their fun

fire crackers they hang at the khom loys.  SCARY ok

fire crackers they hang at the khom loys. SCARY ok

i kena burn lor!




woahhh Mr Loy Krathong at Kad Luang (Chinatown)

woahhh Mr Loy Krathong at Kad Luang (Chinatown)

wahhhh see liao very shy one…  *blush*


getting creative at lantern designing!

getting creative at lantern designing!




fire works on second night. laibuji take a good photo =[


boat ride along mae ping



unfortunately it rained. very heavily and lasted the whole night too.. and so the night ended wet and cold. i had to leave my motorbike and take a tuktuk back instead…

so that’s how it all ended…


beautiful lantern display along Sunday night walking street too!!!!


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This year’s Loy Krathong is damn early la. falls on the 5th to 7th November
Silkair and Tigerair flies direct from SG to CNX

let me know if you would like to find out more about spending Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai!



Loy Krathong Song

วันเพ็ญเดือนสิบสอง น้ำก็นองเต็มตลิ่ง

Wan-pen duean sìp-sŏng , náam gor nong dtem dtà-lìng

The full-moon day (of) the twelfth month, as water fills to the banks


เราทั้งหลายชายหญิง สนุกกันจริง วันลอยกระทง

Rao tang-lăai chaai yĭng sà-nuk gan jing wan loi grà-tong

We all both men and women are having fun in Loi Krathong day


ลอย ลอยกระทง ลอย ลอยกระทง

loi loi grà-tong, loi loi grà-tong

float float the Krathongs, float float the Krathongs


ลอยกระทงกันแล้ว ขอเชิญน้องแก้วออกมารำวง

loi grà-tong gan láew,kŏr chern nóng gâew òrk maa ram-wong

We have already floated the Krathong already, I would like to ask you (beloved younger lady) to come out and dance (Thai folk dance)


รำวงวันลอยกระทง รำวงวันลอยกระทง

ram-wong wan loi grà-tong, ram-wong wan loi grà-tong

dance in the Loi Krathong day, dance in the Loi Krathong day


บุญจะส่งให้เราสุขใจ บุญจะส่งให้เราสุขใจ

bun jà sòng hâi rao sùk-jai

making merit will give us happiness


now let’s sing along~!

(purely for entertainment purpose. lyrics in the above video is not 100% accurate!)

teehee, T!

what to pack/how to pack lighter.

all too familiar

all too familiar


a request by min. =]


honestly i am not the lightest packer. i never had to worry about packing light in the past when check-ins were free.

(oh dang. singlish, singlish!)

last time the check in was free one. so i just pack lor. i rmb i checked in a 17kg for my 7 weeks trip. and hand carried another 8kg.

where got light??

until budget airlines decided that they want more money from us already poor travelers. 

that’s when i decided i am NOT going to pay that $25 bucks (one way). $25 bucks is about 480 baht then.

480 baht can get me: 3-4 nights stay. or 2 nights in bkk!! 

so i decided to invest in a steady backpack. (still using!!)

presenting to you OSPREY AURA 50!  <— can click one

pic taken from

pic taken from

super love the backing. 

you know usually you carry backpack for too long you will start to sweat. and stink up your bag. this one NO PROBLEM!
plus it comes with two sides/waist pockets. very good.

as a water bag compartment also. which i use to stash my money. anddddd the space between the bag and the metal backing is also very good to put small and fragile items. like mosquito coils.


okie digress liao. so yes to pack light, first of all you need a durable + light backpack. this isnt the lightest of course. 

over the years i’ve came across lighter bags.  i was lucky to have used Golite‘s ULTRALITE backpack. wah. 

SHIOK ONLY I TELL YOU. material is good. waterproof with the double lining for zip. so water doesnt seep in. but of course, everything shiok comes with a shiok price also.


okie digress again.

next. do remember, as you travel, you will sure buy things one. even the most disciplined person will give in to that ONE thing. whatever it is. so dont think you pack 7kg go you will come back with 6kg. ya la 6kg. you dont use shampp or toothpaste one meh? high chance of 7kg go, 7+x kg come back. 


so 2nd thing i want to talk about is toiletries. 

the guys are lucky. they dont need to carry sanitary pad, make up removal (do you know you actually need to use this even if you neh put on make up? sunblock and moisturizer also must remove leh), CONDITIONER (this is a must for girls!!) blah blah blah. and some thoughtful babes will also bring tissue wet+/dry. BECAUSE WE NEED TO BE HYGIENIC EVEN WHEN WE TRAVEL. this one the men dont get it one. (very tempted to link uob lady’s card)

okie you get it. toiletries are a bother. so always make sure you keep the mini bodyshop bottles. 

hand carry limit: 100ml. max carrying 1000ml.

hand carry limit: 100ml. max carrying 1000ml.

if you are particular about the stuff you use la. and if you are traveling for 2 weeks or lesser.  if you are traveling to Thailand, and are not so yimjim about the stuff going onto your body, then dont even need to bring. 7 sells mini sizes. very cheap! my 100ml pantene cost me 80cents nia. and Big C/ Tesco and the likes has a whole range also. 

if you are traveling to europe, my advise is, BYOStuff. my friend who just came back told me how expensive it was to buy at supermarts. 


digress again. 

tip 2: pack your liquid toiletries into small containers. use liao throw. if you have a lot of samples, BRING THEM. 

pros: can shunbian product test. cons: allergy. hoseh liao. 

so dont bring everything same brand. if A makes you itch, you have B to fall back on.

(side note: if you are going to thailand and cant live without your mask treatments, BYOM. masks are very expensive there)


okie. we know the bulk of our backpack are things we put on for modesty sake. i want to digress again. i hate it when people goes to thailand and strut along the streets in bikini, barely covered by huge arm hole singlets. HELLO i know you got nehnehpok. you cover up i also know. SHOW SOME RESPECT CAN OR NOT. bikinis are for the beach and pool. NOT FOR THE STREETS. unless that’s part of your uniform + you need to work on the streets. <—now, we know what that means. i only see them at patpong and soi cowboy.


okie. clothes. some people pack 7 tops and 5 bottoms (no. i mean clothes. not people. paiseh. gay joke) okie.  7 tops and 5 bottoms for a FIVE DAYS TRIP. HELLO you fashion show ah? who cares what you wear on day 1 and 3 and 5? not as if that hamsen passerby A will walk past you on day 3 and 5 again.

ya ya take photo show same clothes. come on la, you think people will really notice meh. unless it’s your secret admirer la. even so, your secret admirer will love you for being you.  or bring a jacket. people wouldnt know what you’re wearing inside!  if you REALLY DIE DIE want to fashion show, then bring those that are soft and light and can be squashed into a small space easily.

soft clothings are also good for ‘wrapping’ things.

as for bra hor. i know of a friend who traveled europe in june for 15+ days with only two bras. with her already wearing that one out of two. but yeah, really, make it a habit to wash your undergarment. so you dont have to bring too many and risk damaging the cups. so bring a small bottle of washing detergent! 

AND if you are like me, really bochup about image, BRING YOUR UNWANTED OLD CLOTHES. those you think looks damn ugly and want to throw. BRING THEM. wear to the hike, wear to the kayak, wear to sleep, wear when traveling on train/bus. 

then throw them =D mom will have less clothes to wash!


so tip 3 goes: spend some time convincing yourself to bring less clothes. pick the lightest and softest ones. and OLD ones.  wear the heaviest/mafan/need to iron ones to take the plane. wear the jeans. pack in the shorts.

same goes for footwear. again. you really dont need so many pairs of shoes for a short trip. importantly : comfort, can walk very long hours, inexpensive. board with the shoes. and pack in the slipper.



next! guidbooks/maps. okie i am a sucker for physical books and i dont trust storing my maps on gadgets.

so how? easy la. if you own that guidebook, TEAR it out. we did it with our text books back in school. 

if you dont, photo copy. bring just that few segments. or some guesthouse actually have this ‘library’ corner. 

well i do save some maps on my phone. you know the google offline map trick?

so yup. tip 4: dont bring the entire guide book. or if you need to, download it on ebooks


another thing that irritates the shit out of me is bringing gadgets.


lets do a little quiz

Q1:do you reallllllllly need all these? Yes: Q2 No:Q3

Q2:will you be working on the comp during this so called vacation/trip? Y: Q4 N: Q5

Q3: your problem is solved. you have been enlightened.

Q4: quit your job

Q5: can you use a share computer instead? Y: Q6 N:Q7

Q6: search for internet cafes. some hotels/hostels/guesthouse provide comp. your problem is solved.

Q7: the only reason i can think of is.. you are watching porn. GET A LIFE.


you get my point. the only thing you should be taking with you is a phone (to make important phonecalls) and a camera.

if you have been to that place a few times, then you can realllly leave your DSLR aside. 

i recently went bkk+chiangmai for one month surviving only on my phone. dont forget. chargers take up weight too. and are so bulky! 

so tip 5: bring only your phone and a camera. you are out on a trip. you should be looking at the surrounding. not the ipad. 


remember packing tight also helps in packing light. as mentioned above, if you have soft clothings, you can squeeze squeeze squeeze and make your backpack very compressed.  helps a lot! ziploc your stuff. can prevent from getting wet as well as leave no empty space. 

tip 6 is easy: pack tight!


a lot of packing light points actually come from choice of clothings. read online somewhere if you are going to cold countries, layer yourself with thermals instead of yi da dui thick jackets. worth a try! 

before i end of this long post, remember to pack heavy things at the bottom. dont ‘jump jump jump when you put on your backpack. it’s bad for the back. especially if the load is heavy. instead, place the bag on a chair, sit to strap the bag to yourself, stand up bend forward slowly, back straight and buckle up and adjust strap. then slowly back to standing position. or get someone to help you. DONT do the jump jump jump thing. you old liao you will regret one 


that’s all for now. will sleep on this and add on when i have more inspirations!

share with me if you have better tips or beg to differ! 



teehee, T.



Khao Takiab, Hua Hin 2010 Dec

first visited Hua Hin in 2006.

have been back there about four times now. (okie i must resort to blogging in singlish!)

my first trip was via train. wah.. arrived at 3-4am and the whole town was sleeping. okie neh mind. this one i will write another post when i find the old photos.

anyway this trip.. was more of a.. ‘show you around’ trip. brought my fellow traveling partner there.

it’s easy to navigate. rented a motorbike, allll the way straightttttttttt and yeah i will end up in cha-am <—- this is a gem. still quiet and much less touristy. but also mean less sites to visit, less beautiful beach, less english speaking…


one of my MUST go is Khao Takiab. South of Hua Hin town, along Thanon Petchkasem. 

clean and beautiful beach. with the water coming up only to my chest even after i’ve walked… like… REALLY far… 

occasionally and sadly, there will be dead jelly fish along the coast during low tide. tried rescuing one before. but it was already too dead…

feast away! all these for 700baht!!!

feast away! all these for 700baht!!!

mid hill of khao takiab

mid hill of khao takiab

cheap seafood sold by the beach

cheap seafood sold by the beach

the Big Buddha that faces the sea

the Big Buddha that faces the sea

horse riding along the beach...

horse riding along the beach…

selfie was already trendy back then ok

selfie was already trendy back then ok

wahhh angmohs/farangs everywhere....

wahhh angmohs/farangs everywhere….


photos were all taken via camera phone la. dont blame me for the bad photography. better photos all in the “hiding” memory cards. heh


LATEST UPDATES about HUA HIN: apparently the restaurants are no longer operating (most) due to the junta dunnu what dunnu what. there was a beach clean up recently. some are operating at another designated area nearby. will keep you updated when i get more news!


to get to Hua Hin: mini bus, local bus, trains, plane. 
takes about 2-3 hours on mini bus  and about 4 hours via train.


SO!!! Takeaway for this post!

Khao Takiab, เขา ตะเกียบ means Chopsticks Hill. Takiab means Chopsticks. pronounced (very closely) Kao2 大Giap (like you giap something that giap).

so next time you want chopsticks, tell them, Khor Takiab noi ka/krap.


teehee, T.



the calling was going stronger recently.
not to travel. there was no need for a calling to travel. it’s innate.


but to be desk-bound for once.

to sit in front of the comp, mind still wondering where are all my memory cards and my hand written travel journals… blah blah blah.

just so i can document them down. for only two simple reasons

1- show off my great finds while traveling and

2- find potential sponsors to let me travel for FREE!!!!!!!!!

SO YES. i want to travel around the world, tread on unbeaten tracks, make friends with people all over the world and pick up different languages and understand different cultures =]

teehee, T!