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November 23rd, 2012 to November 25th, 2012

A Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection Study Excursion - 23-25 November 2012

A Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection Study Excursion -   23-25 November 20120
The Tilleke & Gibbins Textile Collection - Study Excursion -  23-25 November 2012

Chulakathin Merit-Making Festival, Chiang Rai Province

Leader: Dr Linda S. McIntosh

This is an opportunity for culture and textile enthusiasts to observe and perhaps participate in the Chulakathin merit-making festival taking place in Chiang Khong District after the end of Buddhist Lent. In a Chulakathin, cotton specifically cultivated for the ritual is processed into woven fabric in a 24-hour period. The woven cloth to be used as monks' robes is immediately donated with the host temple. Members of the community carry out various stages of cotton thread and cloth production, including cotton ginning, dyeing, and weaving. Others provide food and entertainment to keep the atmosphere joyous while everyone works to complete their tasks into the night.

Excursion participants will partake in a khantoke, or northern Thai traditional dinner, and observe traditional entertainment. Visits to temples and textile museums are also planned in Chiang Rai City.

Accommodation for this trip is not luxurious, especially in Chiang Khong District, so please be understanding. The activities last throughout the night of the 23rd and into the morning of the 24th, but there will be opportunities to go rest at one's accommodation during the night.

Tentative Itinerary
Friday, Nov 23
Morning:  Arrive Chiang Rai by own transportation.
                              Note: Please arrive before 10am  *1
Activity in Chiang Rai City
Group Lunch in Chiang Rai City
Afternoon (13:30): Depart for Chiang Khong
Check into accommodation, observe Chulakathin Festivities
Evening: Khantoke dinner and Chulakathin
*1-There are two flights arriving before 10am. Air Asia arrives at 8am and Nok Air/Thai Airways at 9:15am. If you are unable to make these flights there is a flight that arrives at 13:00.
Those taking this flight will have to meet the group by 13:30 to disembark for the festival.
Saturday Nov 24

Morning:  Observe the end of the Chulakathin with offerings to the host temple
Group Lunch in Chiang Khong, check out
Afternoon: Return to Chiang Rai City, check into accommodation
Dinner and Evening: On your own to visit night bazaar, walking street, etc.

Sunday Nov 25
Morning: Visit temples and museums and other activities
Group Lunch
Depart Chiang Rai in evening.
                               Note: Please book a late afternoon flight  *2
*2 - I believe there are a 17:45 flight on Nok Air and a Thai flight after 20:00 on Thai.  You can leave earlier, but I cannot guarantee transport to airport before 16:30.

Booking Details

Price: 7,000 Baht per person twin sharing. Single  supplement 1500 Baht.
Price Includes : Admission to museums and Chulakathin, land transport by van, 3 local lunches, 1 local dinner, and 2 nights accommodation (Twin sharing) with 2 breakfasts.
Price Excludes: Transportation to Chiang Rai and personal expenses, such as alcoholic drinks, mini bar, phone calls, donations, etc.

For booking and more information, email:

Deadline for booking: As Soon As Possible, seats are limited. Flights are becoming full very quickly so purchase your tickets As Soon As Possible.
There is overnight bus service to Chiang Rai for those who choose land transport