Phi Ta Khon

Thailand's Mardi Gras

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One of Thailand’s wackiest festivals, Phi Ta Khon is a great one for experiencing traditional Thai culture in a rural setting. The village of Dan Sai never sees a tourist for 362 days a year, but on three others, the tiny hamlet gets packed with revellers for this bawdry fete, which is a combination of pagan and Buddhist. Villagers wear painted masks made from sticky rice baskets, and carry large phallic prods, which the guys use to taunt the ladies. Country Isan bands play endless jams, and the whole thing resembles a cross between a block party, Halloween, and a Grateful Dead concert!

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Dan Sai Village
Loei 42120

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