# 74 – Muay Thai Boxing
Bangkok in a busy city and there are lots of things to do and see. Take some time away from shopping, temples, and the palaces to see one of Thailand’s most famous sporting events- kickboxing. Muay Thai boxing is like nothing you have seen before. There is live music, raucous crowds, and lively betting. It’s loud and rough but something to take in. Traffic is quite horrific in Bangkok so leave plenty of time. My son loved it and has his own Thai boxing shorts as a souvenir – cheaply available on the streets of Bangkok.
One of the favorite events that we just stumbled into last year about this time was the Chiang Mai Flower Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Parades, music, flowers, and dancers. This huge festival happens usually in early February and will be held February 7-9, 2014.
We just happened to be in the area and saw it on the schedule last year. The parade went right by the Inn where we were staying and we sat outside and ate and took in the amazing sights. The elaborate floats and costumes were stunning. Some floats display the history and heritage of the land, some pay homage to Buddah or the king and others represented organizations or trades. Each was fantastic and they provided us a beautiful gallery of photos to come home with!
Here is a collection of our pictures to enjoy. If you are in Thailand now – make your way to Chiang Mai to see the Chiang Mai Flower Festival.
Today, I got an e-mail from Tam who was the mahout who taught us to ride elephants and bathe them in a river near Chiang Mai, Thailand. His note was a simple hello that was filled with kindness. He spoke of the weather and a new baby elephant. In broken English he said to say “Hi” to the kids. That note made me smile and took me quickly back to our day with the elephants, eating fresh pad thai in a bamboo hut in the jungle of Northern Thailand.
On Monday, we heard from friends we had traveled with on a live-aboard dive boat on the Great Barrier Reef. We became fast friends, quickly learning to navigate on a night dive through a swim-through with a moray eel on one side and a reef shark on the other.
There is something so special about a simple e-mail or Facebook message from a friend you have met on the road. It brings you back to your experience with that person and reminds you of your adventure. So if you have traveled and met someone special…or met a traveler and have befriended them, I suggest you reach out to them today! Put a smile on someone’s face.