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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Muay Thai

Kick Boxing or Muay Thai, in its most commonly seen sports form, is a full contact ring fighting art, often called the science of eight limbs (hands, elbows, feet, and knees). Thai boxing can be seen throughout Thailand in hundreds of stadiums and is now gathering popularity throughout the world. Thai Boxers are considered the […]

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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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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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Thai Baby Names

Name Meaning Gender Origin Kasem happiness M Thai baby names Aran Forest M Thai  Arich Unknown E Thai baby names Daw Stars F Thai  Kiet Honor M Thai baby names Kovit Expert M Thai  Mali Flower F Thai baby names Niran Eternal M Thai  Phailin Sapphire F Thai baby names Pravat History M Thai  Ratana […]

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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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Limitless Thai Words Meaning “I”

One aspect of the Thai language which makes it quite unique and difficult to master by Thais and foreigners alike, is the remarkable diversity in words which mean exactly the same thing. For example, the first person singular pronoun, “I” in English, exists in Thai as an endless number of choices. The Thai speaker must […]

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Kings of Siam & Thailand

The only country in Southeast Asia to remain independent during the colonial period, and until 1939 officially known as “Siam” (now Muang Tai, “Land of the Free,” or Pratet Tai, “Free Kingdom”), Thailand has been strongly influenced by both China and India but is fundamentally a sub-Indian civilization, based on Buddhism and using a version […]

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