Travel With Bender

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

November 2012

Some of the group that had come for our Strangers Partying in Penang party were heading to a place called Chiang Mai for the Yi Peng Festival at the Mae Jo university. My first thought as a sanguine was ‘I want to be where the people are, I don’t want to miss out’. My second thought, after watching a video of the event, was ‘there is no way I am missing that’!

Josh and I discussed and did not come to the conclusion until a mere week before the dates. See we had decided after much debate on moving on from Penang to the US and this put a hiccup in our plans. But the event happens once a year and when would we ever be this close to Thailand again at this time of year? Who would know? And so we booked airfares, accommodation and started to dream about what the event would be like. 

We had a magical time in Chiang Mai and highly recommend a visit to the largest and most culturally significant city in northern Thailand.