Thailand Information

Marvellous Mangoes

The season for Thailand’s magnificent mangoes is almost here. While the month of April ushers in the sometimes oppressive heat and humidity of the Thai hot season, one compensation is that it is the beginning of the Thai mango season. The mango, known as mamuang in Thai, is one of Thailand’s premier tropical fruits, and […]

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Thai Ghosts and Spirits

Spirits and ghosts live almost everywhere in Thailand. Most large trees are said to have a ghost or spirit living inside of it and old trees are held in particular respect. The favourite place for female ghosts to live is in a banana grove. There are many species of banana plants in Thailand, but a […]

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Thailand Information

1. GENERAL INFORMATION 2. CLIMATE & WEATHER CONDITIONS 3. PEOPLE AND CULTURE 4. LOCAL CUSTOMS 5. CURRENCY 6. THINGS TO KNOW 7. VISAS & PASSPORT 8. CUSTOMS REGULATIONS 9. TRAVEL TO THE COUNTRY 10. TRAVEL WITHIN THE COUNTRY 11. CAMPING 12. DINING AND DRINKING 13. ENTERTAINMENT 14. PHONE NUMBERS 15. VISITORS INFORMATION 16. USEFUL PHRASES […]

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Theravada Buddhism

Theravada – Teaching of the Elders Theravada (Pali; Sanskrit: Sthaviravada) is one of the eighteen (or twenty) Nikaya schools that formed early in the history of Buddhism. These developed in India during the century subsequent to the death of the Buddha. The name of the school means “Teachings of the Elders” which implies that this […]

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Thai Culture

The Monarchy and religion are the two sacred cows in Thailand. Thais are tolerant of most kinds of behaviour as long as it doesn’t insult one of these. Buddhism is the dominant religion, and orange-robed monks and gold, marble and stone Buddhas are common sights. The prevalent form of Buddhism practised is the Theravada school, […]

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Chiangmai’s Open Markets

Walk in Chiangmai’s Open Markets When it comes to the open markets of Chiangmai, most newly arrived foreigners are steered directly either by guidebooks, travel agencies, hotel desk clerks and even tuk-tuk drivers to the Night Bazaar on Changklan Road between Tha Phae and Loi Kroh Roads. This sizeable market, with a gigantic, well-lit sign […]

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Tai Lue

The Tai Lue (Dai Lue) have one of the oldest recorded histories, the first Lue Kingdom was formed in southern Yunnan in 1180. The original areas controlled by the Tai Lue included both sides of the Mekong River in the Sipsongpanna region of Yunna, southern China. The “Sipsongpanna” (or “Xishuangbanna”) Dai are the Dai Lue […]

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Akha (Ekaw)

Akha are the largest of the hill tribe groups, and originated in Tibet and Southern China, before they migrated to Burma, Laos and Thailand. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNm_0i-VP7A The video above is of Akha women in full traditional dress, dancing at the Hill Tribe Cultural & Sunflower Festival, Doi Hua Mae Kham, Chiang Rai province (Nov 2010) Perhaps […]

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Yao (Mien)

Some 33,000 Mien are located in Thailand, remaining closely connected to their Chinese heritage. Their language, long ago derived from Han Chinese, is written in Chinese characters. Their paintings are usually of a religious nature. Artworks incorporate ancient Chinese artistic styles, albeit with a distinctive Yao style, and are sought after by Western collectors. Yao […]

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Hill Tribes

Hill Tribes in Chiang Rai, Thailand Hill tribes add to Chiang Rai’s wondefully diverse ethnic mix. Approximately 12.5% of the population of Chiang Rai province belong to the various hill tribe groups, a colourful minority in northern Thailand. Scattered through the mountains and valleys of northern Thailand are ethnic minorities that include; Dara-ang, Akha, Lua, […]

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Northern Hilltribes

Over 100 years ago, the Hilltribe peoples migrated south from China into what are now Burma, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. The six major tribes are the Karen (Kariang, Yang), the Hmong (Meo), the Yao (Mien), the Akha (Ekaw), the Lisu (Lisaw), and the Lahu (Mussur). The main profession of all these tribes is farming, and […]

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Living like Thai Villagers

Klong Rang Jorakhe is a rising star among homestay destinations     The sight of farmers working in rice fields, interface with true rural life and peaceful existence by canals and rivers are all symbolic of Thailand’s agarian society, but the discerning traveller can only see them on postcards or in guide books. But should […]

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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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Wilai Udomphol – Kasem Store

Wilai Udomphol is the creator and driving force behind the Kasem Store – a landmark in Chiang Mai for thirty years. It is a place where you can get some home-spun philosophy with your home-made cookies, if you ask! Behind the hard working Chinese face there is a peace loving proponent for good. There is […]

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