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Phuket’s nine-night Vegetarian Festival depending on the Lunar cycle is a surprisingly bloody affair, extreme devotees spear themselves with knives hook as protection from spirits. For a fairy-tale-pretty Loy Krathong, with shimmering lily ponds and Candlelit Rivers, head to the ancient royal enclave of Sukhothai, a flight or train ride north of Bangkok.
When it’s sundown, yet the working day Is just beginning. Tables are being unfolded on the pavement, fishermen’s pants are being displayed on hangers, light bulbs twinkle above, music blares, drinks clink, coals glow and woks sizzle. Soon the crowds start to flow between rows of stalls like sands through an hourglass and the shopping, haggling and eating begins. Thailand’s night markets are a blast- and a downright bargain. You’ll find them in most towns and villages every evening, with dozens more springing up over the weekend in the big cities. Most set up around 5 pm, but really don’t get going well after 8 pm- and stay open until 10.30pm or even midnight.
Those markets to make for more focused on food than shopping Krabi towns Friday-Sunday night market may be small, but it’s a giant when it comes to flavor. Local dishes are infused with Chinese, Malay and Muslim touches- and masses of chili. Try an aromatic Massa man curry.
Chiang Mali is the artistic epicenter of Thailand and its kilometre long night bazaar overflows worth covetable handicrafts; covered woodwork, embroidered fabrics and painted paper lanterns. Stalls laden with the regions hot, herby cuisine provide the flavors.
Slotted between banyan trees and ancient Buddhist ruins, Ayutthaya’s night market is the prettiest in the country. Regional dishes to seek out include porky boat noodles, giant river prawns and duck curry. But lucky charms, amulets and prayer bead bracelets.
Want to wind up your Thai trip on the beach? Whether you are looking for day-trips or lazy weeks, parties or peace, here are the best sands to seek out.
Tubkaak Krabi is dramatic, karst-backed beaches, are on every backpackers and honeymooners itinerary, which is why prices go through the roof in high season. But few make the half hour journey up the coast to laid-back, low-cost Tubkaak, a shining comet of sands washed by calm, blue-green seas, with views out over Phang Nga Bay’s galaxy of limestones sea-stacks. Never It’s a five star beach, but one with a just a handful of small, reasonably priced hotels along its shore. You will not find any nightlife, but you will never have to fight for your share of spectacular sandy square footage either.
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