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2017 Loy Krathong / Yee Peng Schedule

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The schedule for the festivities in town have been released.

Click here:  Yee_Peng_2017


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Yee Peng Lanna International 2017 Tickets on Sale NOW!

Category : Holidays , Offers , Travel

Lantern release at YPLI / Mae Jo

    YEE PENG LANNA INTERNATIONAL (YPLI / Mae Jo)

November 3, 2017

 

Yee Peng Lanna International (YPLI / Mae Jo)  has been approved and tickets are on sale now.   This is held at the Thudong Center near Mae Jo University.   This year they will have 4,000 people attending.

Buy them from the original, trusted source, CMStay!!!

 

  • Standard tickets are : – SOLD OUT
  • Premium Tickets are :  – SOLD OUT

Tickets Include:

  • Ticket delivery to your hotel/hostel – Only offered by CMStay!!!
  • Transportation from Chiang Mai to the event (and back)
  • Food – 5 coupons for buffet service with authentic Lanna Thai Foods
  • 1 Sky Lantern – No outside lanterns are allowed
  • 1 Souvenir set
  • 1 Assigned seat

We will make updates on the CMStay Facebook page as they become available.    Please make sure to “like” the page to know if/when tickets come available again

Tickets for the YPLI / Mae Jo event are now available.    This year there WILL NOT be a “local ” celebration and the “Private” event is SOLD OUT.   This is the last chance to be a part of the mass lantern release celebration for 2017.

 

Please use the “add to cart” function below to reserve your tickets.

Standard tickets are :   – SOLD OUT

Premium Tickets are :   – SOLD OUT

Why buy from CMStay?

  • Trust – CMStay is the first and foremost in everything “Yee Peng / Lantern Release”.
  • Communication – CMStay has a 100% response rate, usually within a couple of hours.
  • Ease – CMStay does everything in English.   You can ask and receive answers without any mis-communications.
  • Service – CMStay will provide the “full package”   We can arrange almost anything and answer most questions you have about Chiang Mai.
    • We deliver your tickets to your hotel/hostel and have reception sign for receipt of the tickets.    This is an exclusive offer ONLY through CMStay! – You DO NOT have to stand in long queues to get your tickets.
    • Our Pick Up point is in the Old City.   This is also exclusive to CMStay!   No need to travel outside to get to the transportation.

What to expect:

You will receive payment confirmation from PayPal within minutes.   Another confirmation of reservation from CMStay within 24hrs.     You will need to reply to the CMStay email with the requested email.   Detailed information about transportation (times, location, etc) will be emailed/announced in October 2017.

What is included with the Transportation

  • We pick up you from our Old City Meeting Point and drive you back after the event **
  • Maximum of 10 people per van
  • A Comfortable Tour Van with an experienced driver is provided

YPLI Schedule  (estimated)

  • 3.00 pm – 3.30 pm : Meet at Old City Meeting Point
  • 4:00 pm : Arrive at Lanna Dhutanga :
    • Receive souvenir / Enjoy authentic Lanna Thai snacks, desserts and beverages.
    • Enjoy Lanna & hill tribe cultural exhibition by local students sponsored by the foundation, take photos, use the restroom at your convenience.
  • 5:00 pm : Opening Ceremony Speech by the President of Doungtawan Santipap (The Sun of Peace) Foundation and the organizing committee to welcome all guests to the event.
  • 5:30 pm : Break for the bathroom
  • 6:00 pm : All honored guests and ticket holders enter the ceremony area. Ceremony regulatory announcement by MC
  • 6:30 pm : Chanting and Meditation
  • 7:00 pm : Circumambulation Ceremony
  • 7:30 pm : Lighting Ceremony
  • 8:00 pm : Sky lanterns releasing ceremony to pay homage to the Lord Buddha.
  • 8.30 pm : End of the ceremony

 

Security

  1. Age of participants must be at least 12 years old in order to follow the security policy and to avoid causing noise disturbance to other participants.
  2. Drones, Firecrackers, outside Sky lanterns, Weapons, Gambling Equipment, Alcohol/Drugs and any Illegal items are prohibited.

Rules/Requests

  1. Participants are kindly requested to dress in polite clothing. (cover the shoulders and knees)
  2. Participate in religious activities with respect and peace to keep the sanctity of the ceremony.
  3. No alcohol & No Smoking on the temple grounds.

Photography

  1. Guests are NOT allowed to enter the ceremony stage area to take pictures.
  2. Guests may take photos only from the seating area, but NOT ALLOWED to use selfie stick / dolly equipment.

Other

  1. YPLI group has stipulated that tickets are non-refundable.
  2. Benefits are subject to change without notice.

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Is Yee Peng Lanna International 2017 – Cancelled?

Category : Holidays , Offers

Is Yee Peng Lanna International 2017(a.k.a. Mae Jo) – Cancelled?

As of Sept 7, 2017 – It is approved!!   Buy Tickets Here:  YPLI 2017 TICKETS

 


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TICKETS AVAILABLE!!! – Hard Work Pays Off.

Category : Holidays , Offers , Travel

Loi Krathong

Hundreds of Lanterns at a mass lantern release. Thanks to Race Photography for the amazing picture.

 

Big News!

 

A few days ago we were able to negotiate a small allotment of tickets to the Private Yee Peng Lantern Release.  It will be held in the mountain village areas of Chiang Mai.    With a maximum of 500 people this event is destined to be special.   With more than enough people to get the iconic picture (like you see above), but not too many people where its loses the special feeling of the moment.

Originally, we were only allotted 50 tickets, but there were so many people interested that we oversold almost immediately.    Luckily, all the work paid off.   We have been given rights to help sell the rest of the tickets to the event!!!

That means ticket sales are open now for the Private Yee Peng Lantern Release.

 

***SOLD OUT***

 

You will receive a confirmation by email once payment is received.    Names and passport number will be checked as you board the bus.

Some Specifics:

Final logistics are being ironed out, but here are the preliminaries:

  • Transportation is included in the price.
  • Buses are expected to leave from the Night Bazaar area about 3pm and should return to the city about 10 – 10:30pm
  • There is a temple next door with YP ceremony, but it is not mandatory to attend.
  • 1 Lantern included with each ticket.
  • Local village people will be selling local foods on site.  Please help support the local villagers.
  • Please dress and act respectfully.  There will be people of all ages, nationalities and religions present.
  • This is NOT Yee Peng Lanna International.   This is a private event.

 


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Birthday at the Baan Kinkaew Orphanage? Or any day for that matter!

Category : Tips/Tricks

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Birthday at the Baan Kinkaew Orphanage?  Or any day for that matter!

For all of those looking for a way of giving back, putting a smile on a small child’s face or simply putting a positive spring in your step, an experience at the Baan Kinkaew Orphanage may be what you’re looking for!

History

The first charity in Chiang Mai dedicated to needy children, the Baan Kinkaew Orphanage was founded in 1966 through a donation of land and house by Miss Kingkaew Wiboolsanti.   Along with a group of woman volunteers, the Orphanage started to care for 25 children left at what is now known as Maharaj Nakorn Hospital (Suandok).   There have been many struggles over the years including a fire that destroyed the facility, but the Orphanage and its volunteers continue on there mission.    In 2016, they care for 50 needy boys and girls.

Donations

davYes, donations are always welcome.   There is a posted sign as you walk in listing the most urgently need donations at the time.   Of course, cash is always the best option so the orphanage can quickly fill any immediate needs.

Volunteer

Contact the orphanage directly if you have a month or more to spend helping out.   The ophangage can always use more help, but for the sake of young children they ask for longer term volunteers.   This helps to add some stability to the lives of the children.   This is not a hard and fast rule though, if you have any time to volunteer stop by and ask how you can help!

Birthday’s

The Baan Kinkaew Orphanage runs a program allowing single day visits.   Many people use this opportunity to have their child’s birthday(or their own birthday) at the orphanage.   You have about an hour to watch/assist  one of the classes of children with their lunch and after lunch recess.   The kids are amazing and love to have a chance to make new friends.
The program needs to be reserved ahead of time.    As many people will visit on their birthdays, the dates can fill up quickly.   You’re asked to make a donation for the reservation.   Its 1500THB to reserve and the money will be used to cover the food costs for the day.

Contact:

The Baan Kinkaew Orphanage is walking distance from our @Sethee Court location and a short ride from our @Baan Ouikum location.

75 Wualai Rd.
T. Haiya A. Muang
Chiang Mai  50100
PH: 053275650   (+6653275650 from outside Thailand)
GPS: 18.7792618,98.9852663
Baan Kinkaew Orphanage

Baan Kinkaew Orphanage


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Lizards Ants and Mosquitoes – Oh My!

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Tokay Gecko

Tokay Gecko

For those of you that did not grow up in the tropics, get ready for an eye opener, lizards ants and mosquitoes are EVERYWHERE!  

Insects and small reptiles are everywhere, but more importantly, the are lived WITH!

 

Everyone knows about the mosquitoes in the tropics, but what about the lizards?    There are quite a few varieties in Thailand, many of which live with us in our homes and offices.    Yes, IN our homes and offices!    The two main ones are the Tokay Gecko (AKA  the F-YOU lizard) and the ever present Jing Joke.   

Lizards

The Tokay Gecko is a larger lizard which are usually outside and almost never seen, but you WILL know they are there.    The two names are derived from the sounds that they make.  Most locals call them Tokay as that is what it sounds like to them.  However, most foreigners swear there is a little guy outside saying “F You!”    It’s actually quite funny seeing the response from first timers!

jingjokeThe more prevalent and ever present lizard is the Jing Joke or Chit Chat.   A smaller lizard pale color reaching about 10 cm at full length.   You will see these EVERYWHERE you go in Thailand.  Usually scaling walls, staying close to the lights (heat source) everywhere from restaurants, bars, hotels, temples, kitchens, bedrooms, etc, etc.       

jingjoke 2 tails

Lucky Charm?

The locals are happy to let these guys live and not simply because of the Buddhist upbringing.  They are not considered a pest, but rather a benefit as they eat small insects!   Allowing these to stick around controls the amount of ants, mosquitoes, flies, roaches, etc.  Free insect control!   In fact, they are so ingrained in the culture that they have their own mythology or assigned “charm”    Every so often they will grow with two tails.    The local lore says that if you find one of these in your home, it means your going to have twins!  

Insects

Mosquitoes, roaches and ants can also be found just about everywhere in Thailand, but with proper technique, can be controlled.  

Mosquitoes are a fact of life here.   In the cities (we’re in Chiang Mai) you generally don’t have to worry about mosquito-born diseases, but will still care about not getting bit and being itchy afterwards.   

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Striped Mosquito – Possible Dengue carrier

Tips and tricks about mosquitoes:   Don’t wear dark colors, they attract mosquitoes.  Wear long clothing, long sleeved shirts and full length pants(trousers).  You can protect yourself without the use of chemicals.    Don’t bother with natural deterrents as they are not effective.    Citronella, lemongrass, Skin So Soft, etc etc WILL NOT be useful here in Thailand!  They may keep mosquitoes away for a few minutes, but in the end you’re still being bit.    Unfortunately, the only easily accessible solution is DEET.      Use it or get stung.

Ants and Roaches

Living in Thailand requires a different level of cleanliness.   Unlike the cooler/colder “Western” countries, you CAN NOT leave food out or leave crumbs on the table/floor.   The ants will march in within the hour.   You can easily judge how clean a place is by the presence of ants.   Your hotel, guesthouse, apartment should not have any ants when you check in.   If it does, it has not been cleaned properly.   If there are ants when you leave/checkout, it means you have not been clean.  Remember that you do not need to get rid of the ants, just the food that they are searching for.  Once it’s been cleaned, the ants will leave on their own.

Roaches are similar to ants.   If you keep the place clean, you probably won’t see any.   Many modern buildings in Thailand are made of cement and do not have spaces in the walls for insects to live.   That means the roaches are living outside, usually in sewers.    It’s possible to see one roach travelling and searching for food, but if you see more its time to clean!    One exception to this is when the mosquito controls sprays are done.    People will walk the streets with industrial type foggers strapped to their backs and spray the sewer and dark areas to kill mosquito eggs and larvae.   This also affects the roaches.   That day, you will see roaches everywhere, but they will either die off or quickly return to their hiding places.

 

Remember, when in Thailand, lizards are your friends and insects can be managed!   


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2016 Lantern Release – Package #2 with Zip Line – 20 Tickets!

Category : Holidays , Offers , Travel

***SOLD OUT***

Round #2 – The Zip Line Package

We have  20 standard tickets packages available!

Price includes:

  • 1 Standard Ticket (read about the inclusions here)
  • 1 Seat to and from the event (Transportation – from inside the Old City. )
  • 1 Day Tour Zip lining (Over 50 Platforms and 30+ runs)
    • This is a day tour including lunch and transportation to/from the Old City area.
  • Fee to cover PayPal and services (includes ticket delivery to hotel)

Total price will be 8000THB

***Don’t forget to consider the secondary costs of buying tickets outside of CMStay!   At other places, you will have to take time and money to get you tickets.   Pay a tuk-tuk ~500B or more to take you outside of town, wait in a queue for your ticket, and return you to town,.   You’ll also have to get to the pick up point outside of town.   Another tuk-tuk ~500B or more for both ways. You’re adding at least 1000THB to the prices, not including your limited holiday time! ***

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Why buy from CMStay?

  • Trust – CMStay is the first and foremost in everything “Lantern Release”.
  • Communication – CMStay has a 100% response rate, usually within a couple of hours.
  • Ease – CMStay does everything in English.   You can ask and receive answers without any mis-communications.
  • Service – CMStay will provide the “full package”   We can arrange almost anything and answer most questions you have about Chiang Mai.

What to expect:

You will receive confirmation of payment within 24hrs.   Confirmation of ticket reservation with reservation number will be emailed by mid-April.   Information about transportation (times, location, etc) will be emailed/announced in early November.

Please note that the first 50 tickets last year sold out within a couple of days and ALL tickets sold out 4 months before the event.  We expect the same this year.    There can not be any holds or delayed reservations.    Only full payment will count as reservation.

1 Day Zip Line tour can not be taken on 14NOV.   You will need to provide a date you would like to attend by email.

 

Package #2 is SOLD OUT.  Click here for Package #1

 

*Based on exchange rate of $1USD to 36THB

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Renew your Thai drivers license in Chiang Mai.

Category : Tips/Tricks , Uncategorized

As of March 2016

For those of you that stay long term in Chiang Mai or Thailand in general, you’ll need to apply for a local license after 3 months.    Your first license will be probationary and good for 2 years.    After that, you can renew your Thai drivers license to a standard license good for 5 years (closer to 6yrs) at a time.

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Temp/Probationary Thai DL

There are plenty of posts out there detailing how to get your first license, but this post is aimed at those long-term residents looking to renew their Thai drivers license.

General Requirements:

  • Greater* than 2 year on a probationary license or expiring 5 yr DL.  (*Greater, as in you can not renew until the first license has expired!)
  • Non-Imm visa.   You can not renew for a 5 year license on a tourist visa. (You can get a 2yr Temp DL on a tourist visa)
  • Proof of residency (Cert. of Residency, Yellow Book, or Work Permit)
  • Medical Exam
  • Cash – 500B for car license, 250B for motorbike license.

Where to start?

 

Prove that you live in Thailand.

You must show proof of living in Thailand using a Work Permit, Yellow Book, or Resident Certificate.

If you have a work permit or yellow book, you already know what they are and know what to do with it. For others, read below.

The Resident Certificate:

  1. Take your rental agreement, your passport, and some cash to the Promenada Mall.   The new immigration office takes up a whole side of the ground floor in building A.
  2. Find the G4T office near the local eateries.    You will need to fill out the application, include 2 pictures, and copies of the front page, entry card, and current visa from your passport.   Conveniently, there is a copy shop next door that does both.  (tip: you only need 1 Res. Cert.   If you are renewing 2 licenses, you can make a copy)
  3. Pay 500THB for the service and come back the next afternoon (2pm- 4pm) to pick it up.

Prove you are alive and well

You will need to prove you are healthy enough to sit for an hour long refresher course.

  1. Choose any local clinic or hospital and let them know you need an exam to renew your Thai drivers license.
  2. Fill out all the basic forms and wait to see the doctor.
  3. The doctor will ask if you are well (hint: the answer should be YES)
  4. They will also check your breathing with a stethoscope.
  5. Congrats!   As long as you have the 100THB – 200THB to pay for the document, you passed!(tip: you only need 1 Med. Cert.   If you are renewing 2 licenses, you can make a copy)

Now for the fun part:  The Motor Vehicles Office!

The Motor Vehicle office is open Monday – Friday.   Click here for a map:   Chiang Mai Motor Vehicle

#1 – Arrive before 8:30am. Go directly to the Information Desk on the 2nd Floor (upstairs).  They will give you your renewal forms and tell you what copies you need.

Information Office

Information Office

#2 – Go directly to the back and get copies as necessary.  You will need 1 for each license: passport front page, resident certificate, and health check.   If you are renewing 2 licenses, make a copy of each.

Copy Shop

Copy Shop – All the way in the back.

#3 – Take you application, copies, passport, etc to counter 21 or 22.   ( first two counters to the right as you come upstairs.  They will go through your documents and make sure everything is there.

Starting Counter

Starting Counter

#4 – Proceed to counter 27 or 28.   They will take your documentation and tell you to move on to the lecture room (large room with TV)

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Eye Test/Reaction Test Area

#5 – Proceed to the lecture room (Thais: Sit as close to the door as possible!!!).    In a few minutes a proctor will come in and ask you to return to Counter 27 – 28 for some tests.(See Above)   (Thais: Leave something at your seat to reserve it before leaving the lecture/TV room!!!)

TV room is in the back

TV room is in the back

#6 – They will herd you all into the back or counter 27 and do a color/vision test.   I’ve never been asked to do a reaction test for a DL renewal.  Once finished, they will ask all to find your documents (all will be laid out on a nearby table)   For foreigners, you will be asked if you understand enough Thai to sit through the video.   This is not the time to be proud, say NO!  Trust me on this.

#7 – Thais will be returned to the main lecture/TV hall and will have to sit through a refresher video of about 1 hour.  (Hopefully, you returned to your seat close to the door.)    Foreigners will be sat in another room and given an option to watch a video in English, Japanese, Chinese or Spanish.  (FYI for foreigners, they will keep your documents at counter 27.   Remember to come back for it here)

Computer room for Foreigners

Computer room for Foreigners

#8 – In about an hour the proctor will return and shut off the TV.   You will be told to walk back out and get a queue number from the Information Desk (same desk as in #1).    This is why it is key to sit close to the door.    You can get queue #1 and be finished in about 15 mins.  If you sat in the back you may be queue #80+ and sit outside waiting for a few hours.   (Foreingers, see the picture above.  You will be able to see through the glass while watching your video and know when they Thai class is getting out.    You will need to leave immediately and get a queue number first.    Then go straight to counter 27 – 28 and get your documents.

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The wait

#9 – When called, you will be told to come up and pay for the license(s) and any other fees necessary (address change, late renewal, etc)  Once paid, they will direct you behind the counter area for another queue number and to have your picture taken

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Picture queue behind the counter area

#10 – That’s it.    The picture is taken and the new card is printed immediately.   You’re done!

 

 

 

 


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2016 Lantern Release – Ticket Packages are on sale now!!!

Category : Holidays , Offers

*** Tickets packages are mostly sold out***

We have removed the shopping cart button as there are very few tickets left.    Please contact us through email or facebook to check on availability.


Its starting!

Yes, as announced, tickets this year are going to be sold as a package deal.

We have a very limited number of standard tickets packages.  They WILL sell out well before the event.   Don’t delay!

Early Bird Price includes:

  • 1 Standard Ticket (read about the inclusions here)
  • 1 Seat to and from the event (Transportation – from inside the Old City.  No need to spend an additional 1000B to get to and from the pickup point)
  • 1 Day Tour with the elephants/Mahout Training (Riding bareback, no carts)
    • This is a full day tour including lunch and transportation to/from the Old City area.
  • Fee to cover PayPal and services (includes ticket delivery to hotel)

Total price will be SOLD OUT

***Don’t forget to consider the secondary costs of buying tickets outside of CMStay!   Purchasing through CMStay will save you from to wasting your holiday time and money to get your tickets.   Pay a tuk-tuk ~500B or more to take you outside of town, wait in a queue for your ticket, and another ~500B to return you to town.   You’ll also have to get to the pick up point outside of town.   Another tuk-tuk ~500B there and 500B again to get back! You’re adding 2000THB to the prices, not including your limited holiday time!  CMStay will deliver your tickets to the hotel and arrange for transport from a pick up point inside the Old City!***

YeePeng VIPVan mahout

Why buy from CMStay?

  • Trust – CMStay is the first and foremost in everything “Lantern Release”.
  • Communication – CMStay has a 100% response rate, usually within a couple of hours.
  • Ease – CMStay does everything in English.   You can ask and receive answers without any mis-communications.
  • Service – CMStay will provide the “full package”   We can arrange almost anything and answer most questions you have about Chiang Mai.

What to expect:

You will receive confirmation of payment within 24hrs.   Confirmation of ticket reservation with reservation number will be emailed by mid-April.   Information about transportation (times, location, etc) will be emailed/announced in early November.

Please note that the first 50 tickets last year sold out within a couple of days and ALL tickets sold out 4 months before the event.  We expect the same this year.    There can not be any holds or delayed reservations.    Only full payment will count as reservation.

1 Day elephant tour/Mahout training can not be taken on 14NOV2016.

***UPDATE***  15NOV2016 is no longer available.

 

You will need to choose a date you would like to attend.

SOLD OUT  – YP2016 Package (w/Elephant Camp 13NOV2016)

SOLD OUT   – YP2016 Package (w/Elephant Camp 16NOV2016)

 

*Based on exchange rate of $1USD to 36THB

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Lantern Release Festival 2016 – Date has been announced!!!

Category : Holidays

The Lantern Release Festival  (Yee Peng Lanna) date has officially been set.   Keep in mind that prices have changed and ticket sales may follow a different pattern than in previous years.   

Ticket sales started in May 2016.    Make sure to add your email address to our list or “like/follow” the CMStay facebook page for more information as we release it.   

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BUY TICKETS NOW!!!

***Don’t forget to consider the secondary costs of buying tickets outside of CMStay!   Purchasing through CMStay will save you from having to waste time and money to get you tickets.   Pay a tuk-tuk ~500B or more to take you outside of town, wait in a queue for your ticket, and return you to town,.   You’ll also have to get to the pick up point outside of town.   Another tuk-tuk ~500B or more for both ways. You’re adding at least 1000THB to the prices, not including your limited holiday time!  CMStay will deliver your tickets to the hotel and arrange for transport from the Old City!***

Date:

November 14, 2016

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