Tag: traditions

Songkran, the Buddhist New Year. Mini guide on how to stay alive and dry.

A few words about the Songkran – the Buddhist New Year There are plenty to be said about the Buddhist New Year but if I start going into details about the origins and meanings of the rituals I would literally have to write a Ph.D. dissertation and this is not the place to publish that. […]



Doi Mae Salong. Prisoner in the eagles nest.

I am cold. From here to the Southern border of Thailand there is no less than 14 degrees in latitude. Probably the same in Celsius. The clouds walk around like it’s nobody’s business and then they run up the mountains and pour violent rains upon the village. It is the fifth time it rains today. It […]



Lampang. Thailand’s last Paradise.

Once they had granted us Pattaya, Phuket, Samui, Phangan, Koh Tao, Chiang Mai and part of Bangkok, the Thai people decided to grow magic walls around the places they want to keep whole for themselves and their successors. One of this places is Lampang, The last Paradise of Thailand, as they call it. Haven’t heard […]



Surat Thani: theater, dance and good people

When King Vajiravudh (Rama VI) decided to baptize Surat Thani as the city “City of Good People”, back in 1915, he must have known Thepsin Pongkaew’s ancestors. Thepsin works for the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and also helps the local radio and television stations, plus he manages a school where 40 young people learn about […]



Monkey School in Surat Thani, Thailand

Before anything else, you would have to buy a baby macaque. This will cost you something between 1,000 and 10,000 baht. Once you have your own little monkey, you take it to Kadaejae Monkey Training School, where Khun Luesak Papthanawat will teach it various things such as recognizing a ripe coconut, taking it down from […]