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Poi Sang Long Festival at Mae Hong Sorn Destination : Mae Hong Son Category : Thai traditional event
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Hello everyone, this is the month of the Thai New Year or Songkran Festival. But, before  Songkran  there is a festival which is as timeless and beautiful as Songkran. This celebration is “Poi Sang Long” or “Crystal Sons” of Mae Hong Sorn province.

 

 

Poi Sang Long takes place  between three to seven days in March or April annually. Legend says that the Buddha went to see his mother in the Daowadung heaven in the Buddhist era. When the Buddha returned to the earth four angels followed him. The angels had heard that the human world was going to have an enormous and joyful ceremony for welcoming the mother of the Buddha. So, the four angels dressed beautifully with crowns and tiaras and danced with the people. Because of this legend, Sang Long (boys going to be novice monks) dress the same as the angels with crowns and tiaras.

 

The ceremony is divided into three days. The first day is “Sang Long Parade”. The crystal boys or Sang Long have to dress beautifully as little angels and go all around the city to pay respects to their relatives and important people of the community. Old people will tie white threads on their wrists to protect from ghosts. The second day is “Welcoming Guests” a parade of worship with incenses and candles, and the four necessities of a Buddhist monk. After the crystal boys eat, the blessing and praying ceremony begins for preparing the ordination for the following day. The last day is “Ordination”. After ordaining the crystal boys will change their clothes from Sang Long to the yellow robes of a Buddhist monk.

 

 

“Poi Sang Long” is different to general ordination ceremonies. This version is absolutely beautiful and spectacular. If you have any free time in early April, I would like to invite you to watch the Poi Sang Long festival.

  How to get there

By Car

There are two major routes from Chiangmai to Mae Hong Son, highway 1095 and 108.

 

Highway 1095:

Natural scene along the way, you may stop to take a lot of green rice field photos, 

Redundance with attracting places, guest house. I would  recommend one of the most interesting resort: Tha Pai Spa Camping which is highlighted with hot spring bath to your room.

More tourists choose this way to Pai District for rafting.

distance 285 kms. 

5 hours from Chiangmai to Mae Hong Son (City).

one of the key weakness is: a lot of sharp curves.

Highway 108:

Natural scene

380 kms for 7 hours 

not many sharpe curves but more in number of curves

Weaknesses are bad road structure

 

Note: if you need car rent from Bangkok to Chaingmai or Chiangmai to Mae Hong Son.  Please contact us: carrent@thai-tour.com or Call: 662-2119656.

 

By Bus

From Bangkok's Northern Bus Station. Phahonyothin Road, both air and non air-conditioned buses leave 20 times daily to Chiang Mai. From Chiang Mai Arcade Bus Station, buses leave 8 times daily for Mae Hong Son on two different routes :

 

- Chiang Mai-Pai- Mae Hong Son route

 - Chiang Mai-Hot- Mae Sariang-Khun Yuam- Mae Hong Son route.

There is a direct air-conditioned bus leaving the Northern Bus Station from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son one time daily. The trip takes about 17 hours.

 

Bangkok - Mae Hong Son

 

only one trip, you have to leave at 6 p.m. and arrive at Mae Hong Son at 7 a.m. on the following day. Bus fare is 418 Bht Call: (66) 2-9363587-8

 

By Train

There is no direct train express trains leave for Chiang Mai 7 times daily. From Chiang Mai, one can take a bus or a plane to Mae Hong Son. The Bangkok Railway Station: Tel. 02-223-7010, 02-223-7020.

 

By Plane

There is no direct flight from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son. Thai Airways International Ltd. Operates flights from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son many times daily. For further information please contact Thai Airways International  Tel. 02-280-0060,02- 628-2000 or  (053)611-194  (Mae Hong Son) and (053) 211-044-7 (Chiang Mai).  from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son. From the Bangkok Railway station, ordinary.

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  Written by : oat11 oat12 18-11-2014
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