Shan New Year 2019 - Thoed Thai

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  1. DavidFL

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    #1 DavidFL, Dec 7, 2018
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    What a crowd & what a load of fun.

    38858.

    The 2019 Shan New Year in Thoed Thai was a real hoot.

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    more to come once I'm back in Chiang Mai.
     
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    Some images from the start of the parade, as people gathered in the courtyard downtown.
    I find it easiest to get to the parade before it starts to get photos of people, because once it gets underway it is not easy taking photos in the crowd and with participants walking by.
    Thank you to Jurgen for taking a few snaps of me on the bike with the Shan gals of Thoed Thai. It's not very often I get the chance to have a fw photos taken of myself on the bike, so they are much appreciated.
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    Confirmation it was a fun time hanging out with the Shan in Thoed Thai.
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    The troops lining up for the parade
     
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    Thoed Thai is one of the more out of the way places in North Thailand and was once a wild west town, the home of Khun Sa the opium warlord.

    Some info on Khun Sa
    Khun Sa – Opium Warlord

    Prince of Death Road Trip-Khun Sa Memorial

    The town has a fabulous history and a fascinating mix of people - Thai, Shan, Chinese, Akha, Hmong, Lisu and is an incredible peaceful multi religious community - Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, Animist, Taoism.

    It has a gem of a charming guesthouse the Rim Taan, right beside the Nam Khan river.


    Thoed Thai Accommodation

    The morning market is a beauty & my favourite morning market in North Thailand.
    Thoed Thai

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    Chiang Mai - Thoed Thai Return

    Thoed Thai also has great Poi Sang Long festivals in March-April.
    Poi Sang Long - 2011

    When it comes to Shan New Year all the villagers from the surrounding areas come, so you get a intoxicating mix of ethnic peoples to mingle with.
    The parade goes through town & ends up at a fair ground where there is a permanent stage for events. A huge fair is set up & the town is jammed packed with people & motorbikes from afar.
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    There are multiple Shan dancing performances by various village groups for a colourful spectacle, that goes on for hours, terminating in a national anthem & then some serious fireworks at midnight. (I hope Jurgen will post some more photos as my night photos are very mediocre phone snaps.)

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    The mixed ethnic crowd watching is a beauty
     
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    Yeah! A great colorful venue in a charming remote place. Well worth to keep it in the agenda.

    David’s enticing report and illustrations should be a motivation for more bikers to join next year
     
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    On the next morning, new year's day there is a large "Tak Bat" merti making ceremony with the monks from the temples of Thoed Thai & some senior monks from Mae Chan.

    The main ceremony is conducted on the stage, after which the villagers give merit to the monks as they walk around the sport grounds.
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    I was honoured to be invited to join the village elders on the stage for the ceremony
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    The women of the different village groups are easily identified by their colourful costumes.
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    With the ceremony over the monks walk pass villagers for them to give alms and so make merit on the first day of the new year, bringing good luck.
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    and that's Shan New Year in Thoed Thai, a wonderful cool New Year with super friendly people.

    If you're riding round the North put Thoed Thai on your hit list for a night. It is as traditional as you can get and steeped in history, it should be a compulsory stop for everyone riding the North, for TT is he real heart of the Golden Triangle, and you can't say you've ridden the North until you have a night in Thoed Thai.
     

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