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Traditional Songkran

Water wars are undoubtedly the focus of modern-day Songkran festivities but they are not the only mode of celebration. The festival is observed in a variety of other ways although is often the central theme. On the first day of Songkran, which is a day to honour the elderly, an old custom called Rod Nam […]

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Trimurti Shrine – Bangkok’s Shrine of Love

I was one of the bridesmaids in my good friend’s wedding today. It was a lovely party all around. Every couple has their own how-we-met story, but we were talking about what really brought them together. I would like to share an interesting side of the love story related to Thai believe. I believe many […]

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Sweet Thai Idioms and Proverbs

Teacher Pear and I met up in a cafe in Bangkok for an afternoon sweet treat. We were talking about how much we loved eating dessert and it let us to an old saying “กินคาวไม่กินหวานสันดานไพร่ gin kaao mâi gin wăan săn-daan prâi/”. People in this generation like to jokingly use it as an excuse to eat […]

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National Children’s Day

Thailand celebrates its National Children’s Day (วันเด็กแห่งชาติ) on the second Saturday in January. Every year on this day, His Majesty the King gives an advice while. This indicates that children are the most valuable resource of the nation.The Prime Minister will establish the morrow for children every year. Here is what was chosen for this year […]

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How do Thai People Celebrate New Year?

A lot of people asked me if Thai people celebrate New Year like the rest of the world as the traditional Thai New Year is on 13th of April known as ‘Songkran’. The answer is ‘yes’. Thai people have been celebrating the 1st of January as the first day of the year for almost 70 […]

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10 Different Types of Krathongs for The Loi Krathong Festival

Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most important festivals. As the exact date of the holiday is determined by the Thai lunar calendar, the date is different each year. The festival normally falls in November. The festival starts in the evening when there is a full moon in the sky. Participants carry their Krathongs to the nearby […]

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Thailand Vegetarian Festival is Now!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Thailand’s meat-averse, with the nation’s Thai-Chinese population kicking off a 9-day vegan diet as part of the annual Vegetarian Festival (ประเพณีถือศีลกินเจ). Thailand Vegetarian Festival takes place for nine days and nine nights . (Some Thai people will hold the precepts for a total of 10 days.) The […]

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Thai Wedding Party

Previously I talked about the beautiful and unique traditional Thai wedding many times. My younger sister just got married and it made me thinking that there are some interesting aspects in the wedding party in Thailand that are worth sharing. When Thai couples tie the knot, there are two wedding events; traditional Thai ceremony and […]

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Thai Amulets

Most visitors to Thailand might have noticed that many Thai people wear amulets (พระเครื่อง prá-krûeang). Thai amulets are special Buddha images. They are made of an almost infinite variety of substances , gold, silver, platinum, copper etc. There are probably a million different styles of Buddha amulets in Thailand. The amulet is worn around the neck often with […]

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Thai and Western Cultural Differences

Pear and I visited Prague in Czech Republic and Dresden in Germany for 8 days in last week of June. We had a good time meeting new people, trying new flavors, experience different weather and seeing many interesting things. I have observed some cultural differences, and unalike etiquette of life and would like to share […]

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Thai Calendar

Before the current calendar, Thailand used lunar calendar (Thai: ปฏิทินจันทรคติ /bpà-dtì-tin jan-tá-rá ká-dtì/) which is a calendar that is based on cycles of the lunar phase. Until year 1889 in the reign of King rama V, Thailand formally announced to use the solar calendar (Thai : ปฏิทินสุริยคติ bpà-dtì-tin sù-rí-yá ká-dtì/) in which the years are […]

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VIDEO: Songkran Festival

Songkran (Thai: สงกรานต์) is a traditional Thai New Year festival where people enjoy themselves by throwing water at each other. In Sanskrit, the word Songkran means ‘to pass’ or ‘move into’ and indicates the passing of the sun, moon and other planets into a new zodiac orbit. Songkran is celebrated on April 13th every year. […]

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21 Interesting Facts About Thailand

Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai (ประเทศไทย), which means “Land of the Free”. Thailand was actually called Siam throughout history; the name changed to Thailand in 1939. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonised by a European nation. Thailand’s national language is called Thai, which many […]

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Makha Bucha Day

Makha Bucha Day (วันมาฆบูชา) is a Buddhist holiday, which takes place annually on the night of the full moon during the third lunar month of the year. “Makha” is the Pali word for the third Lunar month, while “bucha” means to honor or to venerate. Since Makha Bucha is based on the lunar calendar, the date varies […]

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Chinese New Year in Thailand

Every year, many people in Thailand with Chinese ancestors which are called คนไทยเชื้อสายจีน /kon tai chúea-săai jiin/ (about 14% of the population of Thailand), celebrate the Chinese New Year which in Thai is called วันตรุษจีน (wan dtrùt jiin) with elaborate ceremonies. This year which is the Year of the Monkey (ปีวอก /bpii wâwk/) according to Chinese zodiac, Chinese New Year starts on […]

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10 Gifts You Shouldn’t Give to Your Loved One

Thai people are grown up with superstitious beliefs and taboos. Some are still believed to be true, and some are now used to tease friends. Giving a gift is a nice gesture but some items have negative meaning especially to your relationship. Here are 10 presents some Thai people might consider bringing bad luck; 1. Shoes รองเท้า /rawng […]

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Father’s Day in Thailand

One of the most important days in Thailand is Father’s day (วันพ่อแห่งชาติ, wan-pôr-hàng-châart) It is celebrated on December 5 which is the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา, wan-chà-lěrm-prá-chon-má-pan-săa), the monarch of Thailand. King’s birthday is a national holiday and is celebrated all over the country.  December 5, 2015 is the King’s 88th Birthday Anniversary. His […]

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Loi Krathong Festival

Loi Krathong festival  (ประเพณีลอยกระทง) is celebrated throughout Thailand. It takes place on the evening of the full moon night of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar which is a great flood season; it usually falls in November (พฤศจิกายน). The word ลอย /loi/ means ‘to float’ and Krathong กระทง /grà-tong/ is a small lotus-shaped floating […]

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Mother’s Day (วันแม่แห่งชาติ)

  Mother’s Day Celebrations in Thailand In Thailand, 12th of August is celebrated as the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit (Thai: สมเด็จพระนางเจ้าสิริกิติ์ พระบรมราชินีนาถ). As the Queen is also regarded as mother to all Thai people, this day is also celebrated as ‘Mother’s Day’ (วันแม่). The celebrations for the Queen and for mother are being […]

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“Nang Kwak” The Goddess of Wealth

นางกวัก /naang gwàk/ is a lady spirit who is traditionally believed that whoever has her in will enjoy brisk business through its mysterious attraction. The Thai Legend of Nang Kwak is highly revered as the Goddess of Wealth or Patron Saint of all Merchants. Nang Kwak is one of the best known legend in Thailand […]

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