Be warned. If you’re the squeamish sort, do not proceed. In the Thai beach resort city of Phuket, there’s a Vegetarian Festival held every November where devotees abstain from meat to promote good health and eating habits for nine consecutive days.
This year’s Phuket Vegetarian Festival may have just passed, but the scary images we’ve seen aren’t leaving us alone just yet. Contrary to the peaceful connotations of its name, the festival — celebrated by Thai-Chinese devotees on the island — is more of a graphic visual assault, heavy on street processions and ritualistic practices involving hot oil baths, extreme self-mutilation and fire-walking.
I really like the illustrator Tania Willis’ work and now she’s teamed up with Mio Debnam to produce these kid’s guide books. Avoiding the trap of thinking parents know best, they’ve asked kids in the various locations what their favourite days out, experiences, food, and so on are. So far they’ve covered Bali, Sydney, Hong Kong, Phuket, London and New York. My lad gives it 5 stars after a recent trip to Bali.