Baring bums lands tourists in jail

November 30, 2017 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 30 November 2017: Two American tourists have been held for “inappropriate behaviour” after sharing photos of them baring their buttocks at a famous Bangkok temple, Thai police said Wednesday,

Thailand’s ruling junta is cracking down on insults to Buddhism, the country’s dominant religion.

The pair, Joseph and Travis Dasilva, both 38, uploaded pictures, 24 November of their bared backsides at Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn) to Instagram. Read more

Not your typical tourist town

February 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Myanmar, Travel Logs

KENG TUNG, MYANMAR, 3 February 2017: Keng Tung could be a million miles away. It’s not. In fact’ it’s relatively close to my hometown province of Chiang Rai; 163 km beyond the province’s border with neighbouring Myanmar on a twisting road through hilly terrain.

Once you cross the Mae Sai –Tachilek border checkpoint, 68 km north of Chiang Rai town, it’s just a four-hour bus drive to Keng Tung.

But it feels a long way perhaps because it takes all day to get there and Keng Tung is an understatement as far as tourism goes when you arrive. Read more

Five-day holiday break in Thailand

July 15, 2016 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 15 July 2016: Thais and foreign residents will enjoy a five-day holiday break starting this Saturday thanks to two Buddhist holidays that fall on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Thai Cabinet approved Monday, 18 July, as an extra public holiday that extends the holiday to Wednesday 20 July.

The Buddhist Lent continues for three months starting Wednesday 20 July. Devout Buddhists abstain from physical pleasures and alcohol. Some participate in meditation courses. Read more

Makha Bucha holiday

February 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Festivals, News

BANGKOK, 19 February 2016: Makha Bucha, an important religious celebration in the Buddhist calendar, falls on Monday 22 February, the full-moon day of the third lunar month.

The religious holiday is designated a public holiday in most Mekong Region countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, where Buddhism holds sway.

Buddhists attend ceremonies that venerate the Lord Buddha and his teachings. It involves visits to temples to perform merit-making activities in the morning.  In the evening, people join candlelight processions around a temple’s ordination chapel, three times in a clockwise direction. Read more

Taste of monastic life

January 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Don Ross, Travel Logs

CHIANG RAI, 19 January 2016: Chiang Rai is beginning to make its mark as a destination where foreigners can gain an understanding of Thai Buddhist traditions and rituals.

It’s a small start,  but it fits with a national policy to introduce Thainess to tourism and encourages visitors to experience Thai lifestyles in detail.

Meditation and Buddhist studies are attracting visitors to Chiang Rai who travel north to explore the province’s Lanna lifestyle, traditional values and its natural beauty reflected in its landscape. Read more

Visakha Bucha Day

May 29, 2015 by  
Filed under Festivals, News

BANGKOK, 29 May 2015: Visakha Bucha Day, 1 June, is an important religious festival in the Buddhist calendar, falling usually in May on the full moon day of the sixth lunar month.

When a year has an extra eighth lunar month –Adhikamasa (13 full moons in the year) – Visakha Bucha Day falls on the full moon day of the seventh lunar month (June).

This year the religious holiday will be celebrated Monday, 1 June. It is public holiday in many ASEAN countries; Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia and Singapore.

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Makha Bucha holiday

March 3, 2015 by  
Filed under Festivals, News

BANGKOK, 3 March 2015: Makha Bucha, an important religious celebration in the Buddhist calendar, falls on 4 March, the full-moon day of the third lunar month.

The religious holiday is designated a public holiday in most Mekong Region countries such as Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia, where Buddhism holds sway.

Buddhists attend ceremonies that venerate the Lord Buddha and his teachings. It involves visits to temples to perform merit-making activities in the morning, and in the evening, people join candlelight processions around a temple’s ordination chapel, three times in a clockwise direction. Read more