Thailand Fishing Village

River Of Life – northern Pak Yam village has written its own destiny with the help of a local delicacy – fermented fish, or plaa raa. Nithinand Yorsaengrat reports It’s one of the most idyllic, peaceful and self-sufficient villages in the Kingdom. Located at the confluence of two rivers, its 4,500-rai hinterland comprises rice paddy […]

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Charcoal Burners

All along the roads between Trang town and the neighbouring province of Phattalung, there are small outfits of charcoal producers. It is also common to see sacks of charcoal piled up beside the road next to tracks leading into rubber plantations. Sometimes the charcoal makers are hidden behind the trees, but there are plenty just […]

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Magical Amulets & Spells of Thailand

There are four types of magical amulets in Thai culture. The term to describe these amulets as a whole is khawng-khlang, which may be translated as ‘sacred, potent objects.’ The first type is the khruang-rang, which means material substances transformed into stone or copper. These amulets will protect people if they are held in the […]

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Buddha Relics Journey

Relics of the Buddha reach journey’s end, five-year world tour finishes on a high note in Nakhon Pathom. The arrival of the relics of the Buddha in Venezuela attracts a legion of worshippers of all races and religions. Thailand was the last country the relics of the Buddha visited. Thai and foreign Buddhists recently joined […]

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Giving the Buddhist Way

Artist: Saw Chucil The rewards of giving Nature gives without expectation of return _ and we should too, says noted monk Phra Santikaro “I helped her with her work when she asked. Now that I need help, she brushes me off …” “I’ve given my children everything they wanted, but they are still disobedient …” […]

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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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Thai Classical Dance

  The diverse arts and culture of Thailand have a fascination of their very own, and one of the most fascinating is Thai classical dance and its rituals and traditions. Visitors don’t really feel they have seen Thailand until they’ve witnessed at least one performance of Thai classical dancing–but many understand very little of what […]

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Vehicles in Thailand

Thailand is in love with the automobile; everybody wants one or already has one or two, and the automobile industry is very big business. Too right, with Bangkok being well known for its traffic jams and pollution. But Thailand has many more kinds of vehicles than just the automobile, as you will see in the […]

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Motorcycling in Thailand

So, you want to tour Thailand by motorcycle! Great!! Thailand is a very motorcycle-friendly country with some of the best roads in terms of scenery and challenge. For the off-roader, you will find as much excitement as you can handle. For the road cruiser, cruise on smooth fast superhiways or enjoy the banked, curving mountain […]

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