Traditional dancers at the Lamphun Longan Festival in Lamphun, Thailand. This year the festival runs from August 5 to 14. Photo: Ron Emmons
Traditional dancers at the Lamphun Longan Festival in Lamphun, Thailand. This year the festival runs from August 5 to 14. Photo: Ron Emmons
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Full of health benefits, the longan is the most popular fruit in northern Thailand, and one town celebrates it like no other

  • Lamphun, near Chiang Mai, goes longan crazy in July and August, honouring the fruit full of vitamin C and riboflavin with an event-packed annual festival
  • There’s fruit judging, an eating race, fancy-dress competition, even a Miss Longan contest; for visitors, the town has a number of non-edible attractions too

Traditional dancers at the Lamphun Longan Festival in Lamphun, Thailand. This year the festival runs from August 5 to 14. Photo: Ron Emmons
Traditional dancers at the Lamphun Longan Festival in Lamphun, Thailand. This year the festival runs from August 5 to 14. Photo: Ron Emmons
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