Art & Culture

Songkran 2016

Songkran 2016

Songkran is a week-long debauchery of water throwing, alcohol drinking and lots of fun to be had by the crowds of raving lunatics who descend on Chiang Mai. The thing about Songkran is either you love it, or you hate it. Traditionally, Songkran is the festival to...
Thailand’s magical bamboo tattoos

Thailand’s magical bamboo tattoos

Chiang Mai has an abundance of tattoo parlours dotted around the city and is well known for the technical abilities of the artists that spend their time applying ink to skin. Last month Thai Guru visited Naga Tattoo to find out a bit more about the traditional art of...
Baan Dam

Baan Dam

Despite the horns, bones and skins of deceased animals being a central feature there is something surprisingly serene about Chiang Rai’s Baan Dam, or Black House. The creation of internationally acclaimed artist Thawan Duchanee Baan Dam is a collection of more than...
Doi Suthep by Night

Doi Suthep by Night

Perched high on the side of the mountain range to the west of Chiang Mai is arguably the most impressive, and certainly the holiest, shrine in the north of Thailand – Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. Although it is visible from the city during the day, it is at night...
Lampang temple

Lampang temple

Lampang is the second largest town in the north of Thailand and is situated 100km to the south-east of Chiang Mai. Although most travellers heading to the north give Lampang barely a thought, Thai Guru decided to take a day trip out into the countryside to visit the...

Food & Drink

Coffee Guru Issue 8

Coffee Guru Issue 8

Tip from one of our readers Ristr8to Dear Thai Guru Magazine team, today I would like to recommend Ristr8to Coffee in Chiang Mai. Here I had one of the best coffees all over Thailand. It’s like coffee lovers dream comes true. The menu is outstanding with so many...
Coffee Guru Issue 7

Coffee Guru Issue 7

Coffee & Sweets When we spend time relaxing at the beach we often find it a challenge to get a decent cup of coffee. This was not the case when we visited Jomtien Beach in Chon Buri recently. Just across the road from the golden sand is a colourful terrace with...
Street Food

Street Food

For the price of a plastic burger and some anemic fries in a couple of well known fast food joints, the stalls set up after the sun goes down on almost every street in Chiang Mai offer up a veritable feast. The change in your pocket will buy well known fare such as Pad Thai and Khow Soi or spicy noodle soup and a bag of deep fried bugs. Whether it’s a cheap snack or an inexpensive plate of delicious dinner you are looking for, the Chiang Mai food stalls have it all as the sun sets over Doi Suthep. For your delectation Thai Guru decided to set aside an evening photographing the best that the city has to offer.

Thai Food – Hor Mok

Thai Food – Hor Mok

Hor mok is a traditional northern Thai recipe. Although we are preparing it with chicken and pork the recipe can also be made with fresh fish or mushrooms if you are vegetarian.

Cities & Provinces

Khao Sam Roi Yot

Khao Sam Roi Yot

A little over 200km to the southwest of Bangkok, or a day trip from Hua Hin, is Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. Thailand’s oldest coastal national park covers nearly 100 square kilometres and gets its name, which translates as ‘Three Hundred Mountain Peaks’, from the...
Mae Kampong

Mae Kampong

Situated some 40km to the east of Chiang Mai are the hills and forests of Mae Kampong. Although there is no public transport to Mae Kampong the area can be easily reached by motorcycle or car via Mae On or Doi Saket. Thai Guru decided to take a day trip and enjoy the...
Phrae

Phrae

Phrae Province is situated on a fertile plain surrounded on all sides by mountains a three-hour drive to the west of Chiang Mai. As one of Thailand’s oldest provinces the area is steeped in legend a visit gives the genuine feeling of stepping back in time. The town of...
Unseen Thailand: Samaesan

Unseen Thailand: Samaesan

Samaesan, only 50 km. south of Pattaya, is worth a visit. Besides the fishing activities, Samaesan offers a number of nice temples with stunning views. Don’t forget to visit the memorial of Prince Abhakara Kiartivongse, also known as Sadej Tia. He was named the...
Chiang Mai by night

Chiang Mai by night

It is absolutely worth the drive up the mountain Doi Suthep and enjoy the view from the viewpoint. Be careful on the road….it’s really dark.  

Events & Specials

An Afternoon in Court

An Afternoon in Court

Chiang Mai’s municipal court is a large modern administrative building opposite Central Festival. Thai Guru was very kindly invited by the Chiang Mai Foreign Police to spend an afternoon in court. We were met by Steve, a friendly, informative and very professional...
Parasailing

Parasailing

It is popular along the beaches from Pattaya to Phuket: parasailing. This kind of leisure activity allows you to get a unique view on the surrounding scenery. It needs to be said that this activity does not come without risk.
the Foreign Police

the Foreign Police

Last month Thai Guru was invited to police headquarters to meet up with the Chiang Mai Foreign Police Liaison Officers. We joined the team in the mid-morning heat to watch the launch of the FPLO’s new fleet of bicycles. The city’s governor has allocated funds to expand the service, which will give the police volunteers improved mobility around the traffic congested streets of Chiang Mai. As the Liaison Officers posed with their bikes in their hi-vis vests and helmets we were able to find out a little more about the service the FPLO provides.

the Sunday Walking Street

the Sunday Walking Street

Every Sunday afternoon the traffic on Rachadamnoen, between Tha Phae Gate and Wat Phra Singh, surrenders to hundreds of market stalls. The centre of Chiang Mai’s old city is transformed into a pedestrianised street bazaar selling all manner of local handicrafts, clothes, bric-a-brac, jewellery and original artwork.

Flower Festival in Chiang Mai

Flower Festival in Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Flower Festival Every year, on the first weekend in February, the flower beds and open spaces of Chiang Mai are flooded with floral displays. This year Thai Guru savoured the end of the cool season by heading down to Suan Buak Haad City Park to enjoy the...

Nature

Rayong Aquarium

Rayong Aquarium

Located an hour’s drive from Pattaya and around four kilometres outside the city of Rayong is Rayong Aquarium. This large aquarium has a total of 43 separate tanks as well as an underwater glass tunnel with a moving walkway. Outdoor features include a shark and ray...
Monkeys in Thailand

Monkeys in Thailand

You find them all over Thailand: Macaques, Langurs, Gibbons and more. Monkeys are really cute animals, but don’t forget: they are wild animals! So please be careful when approaching them. Share your most beautiful monkey photo with Thai Guru. Post it or send it...
Rantong Elephant Camp

Rantong Elephant Camp

Close to the top of anyone’s bucket list has to be hanging out for the day with a bunch of elephants. We had the absolute pleasure of being invited to Ran-Tong elephant camp for a day to do just that. These incredible creatures are the largest mammals ever to have walked on the earth, and the very moment you meet one is to know what it is to fall in love.

Khao Yai National Park

Khao Yai National Park

Since establishing Thai Guru Magazine we have been eager to take our cameras to Khao Yai National Park. Having visited the area previously I had already enjoyed the beauty of Khao Yai and the abundance of wildlife to be seen there and was keen to share it with the rest of the team. Finally, at the end of January we jumped in the car for the long drive south from Chiang Mai.

The Asian Elephant – part 3

The Asian Elephant – part 3

The Asian Elephant – part 3 Many tourists visiting Thailand, no doubt want to see elephants but, possibly ask themselves ‘should I visit the elephant camps around Chiang Mai, is it an ethical thing to do’? There are many issues surrounding captive elephants in...

People

Thai Guru celebrates with Ban Dek Dee

Thai Guru celebrates with Ban Dek Dee On 1 November 2014 Thai Guru celebrated its one-year anniversary. To mark the birthday of Thailand’s first interactive e-magazine we decided to throw a barbecue for the kids at the Ban Dek Dee orphanage.  It has been a few months...

Ban Dek Dee

Ban Dek Dee Ban Dek Dee is an orphanage with 19 children located in San Sai. The orphanage exists since June 2012 and was set up by a friendly Thai couple that have a lot of experience in working with orphans. The children all have their own reason for being there....
Why wai?

Why wai?

Why wai? Of all the idiosyncratic gestures encountered by visitors to Thailand, the wai is probably the most charming, elegant and, perhaps, misunderstood. Used as a greeting, a goodbye, an apology and a thank you, the wai is a prayer like placing together of both...

Tea Business – Where Ladies Rule the Roost

Tea Business – Where Ladies Rule the Roost Many tea plantations lay stretched out between the rolling, forested hills of Thailand’s northern highlands. Both climate and altitude are perfect to grow tea. But one plantation is exceptional for several reasons:...
Smartphones in Thailand

Smartphones in Thailand

Getting Smart Smartphone purchases in Thailand are skyrocketing. Almost 3 million smartphones were sold in just the first four months of this year, making Thailand the second biggest South-East Asian market after Indonesia. For 2014 a sales growth of at least 70% is...

Guest Photographers

Through The Lens Of Thamarong Wanarithikul

Through The Lens Of Thamarong Wanarithikul

Tham is a Thai guy living in Bangkok who enjoys photography. He has a full time job working in the travel industry for a multinational company on software integration. His job allows him to travel widely with visits to North America, numerous countries in Europe and...
Through the Lens of…

Through the Lens of…

Tinnakorn (Neung) Nukul (1973) Freelance Photographer and Visual Artist based in Chiang Mai Thailand. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chulalongkorn University Bangkok in 1997 and in 2012 graduated with Master of Fine Arts from Chiang Mai University. He has exhibited his works in many galleries. Recently he was one of the top 10 Finalists of Scott Kelby’s Annual Worldwide Photo Walk 2014.

Bird watching

Bird watching

Thailand is a paradise for birds, and therefore also for bird watching. Some 992 species or approximately 10% of all the birds of the world can be found here. There are 96 National Parks, 48 Wildlife Sanctuaries and a number of Non-Hunting areas, Watershed Reserves,...