MJ and I have good traveller’s luck. I’m basing this on two key pieces of evidence:
- Nothing really terrible has ever gone wrong when we’ve travelled together (unless you count the blizzard in Western Turkey that had us stranded in an old hotel without electricity, heat, water, food and money)
- We arrived in Chiang Mai just in time for the famous annual Borsarng Umbrella festival! It only happens one weekend a year, so the timing actually was pretty great.
Read more about the Borsarng Umbrella festival* and TURN GREEN WITH ENVY!
No really, it was a really nice way to spend one of our precious few days in Chaing Mai.
“What happens at an Umbrella Festival?” I hear you ask. Well, it’s pretty simple actually. You look at umbrellas, take photos in special umbrella displays with stools for perfect photo poses, eat (it is Thailand after all), shop at the market (it is Thailand after all), and watch the parade of umbrella girls on bikes. Oh, you also watch performances of kids doing traditional Thai dances…with umbrellas!
* The website includes a rather interesting history of the umbrella (the name of which comes from the Latin word Umbra or Shade.)