Buddhist Rains Retreat

It is now official. The rainy season will last for three more months. This comes as a surprise to me as I have already been going out my door with umbrella in hand and returning with wet feet for some time. The official day for the beginning of the rains is the Buddhist holiday Khao […]

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Yee Peng (Loy Krathong) in Sansai

The special Yee Peng (Loy Krathong) in Sansai, Chiang Mai, Thailand Not a secret anymore, but still spectacular What used to be almost a secret, or at best only known to a few foreigners living in Chiang Mai, has nowadays developed into a more well known activity. The Yee Peng celebrations and festivities at the […]

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Loi Krathong Festival

 A shopkeeper puts the finishing touches on a colourful krathong. The full moon night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in mid-November) is the time for the Loi Krathong festival. The word loi in Thai means “to float”, while krathong refers to a cup most commonly made from banana leaves. A candle is placed inside […]

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Ploughing Ceremony

The Ploughing Ceremony in progress. The annual Ploughing Ceremony takes place during the sixth lunar month, at the Pramane Ground near the Grand Palace in Bangkok. One of Thailand’s most interesting events, the Ploughing Ceremony is of great importance to the country’s farmers. Thailand is basically an agricultural country, with about 80 per cent of […]

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Songkran Festival

The most amazingly wild, wet and sanook of all Thailand’s festivals is Songkran, which starts on April 13 every year and lasts for three wild, wet, and extremely fun days. To the Thai people, this festival is one of religious significance, but it is always one of intense water-throwing as well. Everyone gets soaking wet […]

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