How one man made Chiang Mai the centre of blind massage

How one man made Chiang Mai the centre of blind massage

Thai massage is famous the world over, in all its varying forms. But in Thailand, lesser-known Thai blind massage has yet to spread globally — and it should. Chiang Mai is the centre of blind massage, where it became established and where many got their start. Today, blind massage thrives...

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Find real souvenirs at Chiang Mai’s new artists’ collective

Find real souvenirs at Chiang Mai’s new artists’ collective

Our vacations are often among the most vibrant experiences in our lifetimes, and a trip to Thailand would be at the top of anyone’s list, since the land of smiles and sun works its way deep into your heart. Would cheap trinkets bought at some touristy shop do your memories...

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The best souvenirs to buy in Chiang Mai

The best souvenirs to buy in Chiang Mai

If you’re coming to Chiang Mai, there’s a good chance you’ll want to spend some quality time at various markets, like the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, Warorot Market, and both the Saturday and Sunday Walking Street markets. There will be plenty of handmade goods on display, from jewellery and hand-painted...

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A local’s guide to Loy Krathong and Yee-Peng in Chiang Mai

A local’s guide to Loy Krathong and Yee-Peng in Chiang Mai

Every year, on November’s full moon night, Thailand celebrates two festivities: Loy Krathong and Yee-Peng. Each serves its own purpose in honouring the past, the present and the future, with one taking to the water and the other looking up into the sky. In Chiang Mai, where Yee-Peng is so...

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The best of Thailand’s secret street eats

The best of Thailand’s secret street eats

No disrespect to all those five-star restaurants out there, but we think the best food doesn’t have to be fine dining — sometimes the greatest meals of your life happen right out on the street, from a push-cart vendor with no name and no address. And when it comes to...

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Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

Bangkok’s best Muslim-Thai food is just steps away from Khao San Road

The matriarch and namesake of Aisyah Rod Dee passed away in late 2016, after running her Muslim-Thai restaurant on Thanon Tani in Bang Lamphu for more than 50 years. It was a sad loss for locals in Thailand, who have long loved the dishes she and her three generations of...

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This woman serves the best spicy fruit salad (tum pollamai) in Bangkok

This woman serves the best spicy fruit salad (tum pollamai) in Bangkok

Nu, the owner of a small fruit stall down an alley off Samsen Road in the Thewet Market area, has a name that translates to “mouse” or “rat.” Not that she’s anything like a timid mouse — her Nu Tum Pollamai stall isn’t known for serving the cheapest tum pollamai (mixed...

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Where to find Chiang Mai’s most mysterious khao man gai stall

Where to find Chiang Mai’s most mysterious khao man gai stall

Perhaps Sirichai Khao Man Gai’s biggest claim to fame is that no one knows its name. The shop specialising in khao man gai (Hainanese chicken rice) and khao soi (curried noodle soup) could have rocketed to tourism stardom a few years ago when a travel writer for Lonely Planet came...

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Here’s where to get the best fermented noodles (kanom jeen) in Bangkok

Here’s where to get the best fermented noodles (kanom jeen) in Bangkok

Kanom jeen (also sometimes spelled kanom chin) is a dish that few visitors to Thailand will ever encounter, despite the fact that it’s beloved by Thais across the country. That’s because it’s notoriously difficult to keep fresh and therefore hard for restaurants to prepare in bulk — which means when...

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Where to find the best tom yum in Bangkok Phra Nakhon

Where to find the best tom yum in Bangkok Phra Nakhon

There are only four tables in Som Sri’s tom yum shop in front of Bangkok City Hall. That means if you come for lunch, either get here early or be prepared to wait. But the wait is worth it. That’s because the tom yum in Sor Naa Wang might just be...

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