TRAVEL AND HISTORY Blog

Poy Luang Hotel

Poy Luang Hotel

Many Chiang Mai residents are familiar with the Poy Luang Hotel. This hotel has been closed for probably about 20 years. It is a 16-storey structure located on the super highway with the characteristic...

Phrae Missionary Houses

The derelict missionary house This missionary house is one of two remaining houses in Phrae. The house is one the grounds of the Phrae Christian Hospital, 7 Yantrakit Kosol Road. The other house is...

Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram

Wat Rampoeng Tapotaram (วัดร่ำเปิง ตโปทาราม) is located at the foot of Doi Suthep, the mountain that overlooks Chiang Mai. It is a well-known meditation centre. It offers a 10-day long silent Vipassana meditation retreat....

Songkran

Songkran Festival Then and Now (2)

Over the years Songkran (ประเณีสงกรานต์) changed to what it is now. In the 50’s and 60’s festivities were concentrated in the Thapae road/Ping River area. Revellers were standing in the river splashing water on...

Songkran Festival

Songkran Festival Then and Now (1)

Who doesn’t like old pictures of Chiang Mai? Of the Songkran festival (in Thai: ประเพณีสงกรานต์) there are many pictures to be found online but what story do they tell? Most of the black and...

Wat Ku Tao 1950

Wat Ku Tao, the Shan Temple

Wat Ku Tao, the Shan Temple Wat Ku Tao aka Wat Weruwanaramwiharn is a Buddhist temple located in Tambon Sriphum in Chiang Mai, next to the municipal stadium. “Weruwan Wiharn” means temple in the...

Ox cart picture of Nick DeWolf

Ox carts Then and Now

In the past ox carts were a familiar sight in the streets of Chiang Mai. They were of course widely used in rural areas but they also transported goods from the railway station and...