Thung Yao Village Revolution

I had read about Mae Pakkhi in the papers, about how she and the women of Thung Yao, Lamphun had worked together to assess the value of the mushrooms, bamboo shoots, and edible and medicinal plants they gathered each year from their village’s community forest. The result was astounding: the women found that the value […]

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The Six Faces of Hanuman

Hanuman, the magical white monkey warrior in Rama’s simian army, is probably the best known monkey character in Ramakien, the Thai version of the Indian epic Ramayana. He is featured in several episodes and has become a hero especially for Thai children who recognise him instantly in any artistic representation. In the khon, masked dance […]

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Chinese Migration to Thailand

When Chinese migrants came to Thailand centuries ago, most arrived with hardly anything. Despite discrimination and appalling hardships they survived by working hard and believing in a better future Suthon Sukphisit T he Thai expression, “to travel with just a mat and a pot” describes how many Chinese migrated to Thailand. They travelled with few […]

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Touring in Thailand

Road Conditions Road surfaces and conditions in Thailand vary from perfect smooth asphalt to the most muddy,slippery, potholed roads you can imagine. The main problem you will have in driving is that the condition of the road you are on can change with little or no notice of what’s coming up. You might be cruising […]

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Ritual Loom

Weaving, cutting, dying, sewing. In a remote part of the Kingdom a group is keeping alive an almost-extinct tradition. In a remote village in northern Thailand, Mae Ui Jai carefully checks to make sure her weaving machine is in good condition. She will be weaving cotton into robes for monks in the Kathin Laen ceremony […]

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The Bee-Keeper

Honey bees collect nectar and, at the same time, attract tourists. For a peek at their lifestyle visit Uncle Sa-ard’s farm in Lop Buri.  For most of the year uncle Sa-ard Sariphan is busy securing the source of food for his bees. He keeps track of what flowers are in bloom where and at which […]

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A Thai Travel Story

A panoramic view of the mountain in Burma Tired of a docile life in Chiang Mai, Pim Kemasingki drives off into the sunset with just one objective – to be back by Monday morning – and gets more adventure than she bargained for. According to John Ruskin, “All travelling becomes dull in exact proportion to […]

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My Life with Orphans

“It was fifteen years ago today,” recalls Tasanee Keereepraneed, 48, Director of Safe Haven Orphanage that cares for orphans at Tha Song Yang, a remote village in Tak province, “when a relative of a dead mother walked five hours to inform me of a newborn girl whose life was under threat.” “If I didn’t take […]

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Thailand Human Rights Report 2007

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices  – 2007 Thailand is a constitutional monarchy with a population of more than 65 million. The king is revered and exerts strong informal influence. The interim prime minister, appointed by military leaders of the September 2006 coup, who called themselves the Council for National Security (CNS), continued to govern together […]

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Thailand’s BIG problem

Thailand is a great place to live, but there have always been some underlying problems with corruption. It permeates all segments of society and has existed in various forms for hundreds of years. Money is power in this society. It works for you if you have it, against you if you don’t. Updated September 21, […]

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