Jai Thep Bliss
Jai Thep was an amazing music festival that we attended at the end of August. We found out about it in June after only being in Chiang Mai for a week. We were relieved to have a festival in our future because we would be missing our favorites over the summer. We bought our Early Bird tickets and couldn't wait after attending the pre-party.
Jai Thep was located at the Grand Canyon, which is a staple in Chiang Mai. When you get there you can't miss the huge letters "GRAND CANYON" equivalent to the Hollywood sign on top of a mountain. The party took place at the Workend Coffee Bar on the Grand Canyon grounds.
The grounds of the festival were enchanting. Everything was authentic and handmade. When you first arrived, there were beautifully hand painted carved signs explaining the times and locations of the music and activities. The feeling at the festival was that of relaxation, excitement, and bliss.
We started our day painting on the communal tarp. Afterwards, I joined a lovely yoga session on the beach. As the afternoon went on, more people arrived and the party started.
Everything was perfectly done and the afternoon graciously flowed into the night. There was an impressive selection of food from burgers and sandwiches on sticky buns to noodle dishes. Not to mention the Chang flowing on tap and the conservation of plastic cups. Everyone kept their cups for the whole day, which was a beautiful part of the festival. There's nothing better than a festival that is ethical in all aspects.
The creative scene in Chiang Mai is unbelievable. It is the greatest combination of people. After going to Jai Thep, which name comes from all working together, it completely makes sense. Everyone is here to help each other. Everyone is connected in some way.
I was in my happy place covered in glitter and face gems, by our lovely friend Emily. We enjoyed playing on the beach by day and breaking it down on the dance floor at the top of the mountain as the sun went down. With the sound of funky bass rattling the speakers, we were able to find peace and sit in a comfortable area talking with new friends and give our dancing legs a break.
However, you couldn't sit down for long as the music begged you to stand up and express yourself. We enjoyed all the music present at the festival by Neuroscientist, Dead as Disco, DJ Jeremy, Jai Yen, DJ Pisshead, John & Vale, Magic Arrow, 14 Panna, Funky DeepN Tribal Thing, Point & Shoot, DJ Bedcheck and DJ I Lost My Keys.
In Chiang Mai, any party that we go to is filled with dancing and not just any type. Dancing, as in expressing yourself. Every party expresses the root of dancing, happiness, and emotion. No one is on their phone, no one is snap chatting, no one even knows where their phone is. Everyone is just there together enjoying the simplicity of life: love, music, and dancing. Jai Thep depicted the life and love in Chiang Mai with perfection.