The demonic Ogoh-Ogoh statues are carried along by teams of young men in the Ngerupuk parade which marks the final stage of the events leading to Nyepi day (Balinese Hindu New Year)
Nyepi day is on Wednesday March 10th 2016 with Bali virtually coming to a standstill. The Balinese version of Hinduism has celebrations that are colourful, elaborate and somewhat befuddling.
I envy those that can plan a holiday to Bali and look forward to it. The airfares are cheap, the food quite good and accommodation inexpensive – but – there is also the ugly side that just gets in the way of my ability to enjoy it.
Riverside dinning in Chiang Khan can be had for reasonable prices as can accommodation that’s a short walk from the Mekong river.
I just love the temptations offered by the street food of Thailand. For those who would prefer AC or a more comfortable way to eat the same or similar food, there are the countless ‘Food Courts’ that offer great food and very reasonable prices.
LionAir – If not THE most disorganized then at least the most consistently disorganized airline. To be fair though, it is much more organized for flights out of KL.
Chiang Rai’s famous White Temple (Wat Rong Kun) was seriously damaged in an earthquake on May 6th 2014.
I was fortunate enough to see it in it’s full glory back in March 2011 when I spent a week in Chaing Rai, investigating the local surrounds on a rented bicycle.