Living 

Makha Bucha Day

Makha Bucha Day Is a public holiday here in Thailand and is being celebrated each and every year. In order to give you a bit of a background story to your day off, here comes the history. It all occurred full 9 months after Buddha achieved Enlightenment on a full moon day of the 6th lunar month, 45 years before the buddhist era. At this very full moon day of the 3rd lunar month, Makha, four special events took place: 1,250 followers came to see Buddha on that very evening All…

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Traveling 

Songkran Festival in Uttaradit – Time Flies, But Classy Never Dies.

Do you have any idea where Uttaradit Province is in Thailand? .. Hmm.. I bet none of you know it or just a very few might have heard of its name somewhere. What? Where? Why Uttaradit? Let me tell you briefly about Uttaradit Province. Uttaradit is a very small province in the lower part of the North of Thailand and upper part of the Central Thailand. It is so small that even not many Thai people know where it exactly is. Some think it is near Udon Thani. Some think it is in the…

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Living 

2015: Deadliest Songkran in 6 years

With Songkran (officially) over it’s time to look at the death toll this year. While official reports and polls claim that this year was way ‘better’ and more secure than the years before the numbers seem to tell a different story. According to official numbers by the Road Safety Centre Thailand saw 364 deaths during the 7-day Songkran holiday. Further 3,559 people have been injured. This means 42 more deaths than last year (2014) which also makes it the highest Songkran death toll since 2009 (373 deaths). The Road Safety…

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Living 

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Birthday – April 2

Once a year Thailand goes purple. Purple shirts, purple flowers, purple flags. For a few weeks (culminating in a few super purple days) lots of Thais will be covered in purple. This is due to the celebration of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s birthday on April 2. Now, in 2015, those celebrations will be extended and continue all year long (with peaks around her actual birthday of course) since Her Royal Highness will turn 60. You will be able to see a lot of celebrations from both, private companies as well…

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Thailand Holidays 2015

Here are the national and observed holidays for Thailand in 2015. Jan 1 Thursday New Year’s Day National holiday Jan 2 Friday Bridge Public Holiday National holiday Jan 10 Saturday National Children’s Day Observance Jan 16 Friday Teachers’ Day Observance Feb 14 Saturday Valentine’s Day Observance Feb 19 Thursday Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day Observance Feb 20 Friday Second day of Chinese Lunar New Year Observance Feb 21 Saturday Third day of Chinese Lunar New Year Observance Mar 4 Wednesday Makha Bucha National holiday Mar 20 Friday March equinox Season…

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Living 

“Thainess” FTW – TAT celebrates Thainess 14/01/2015

Apparently the Thai Tourism Authority has a new favorite word. “Thainess”. And now that we have this super mega awesome word we have to celebrate and promote it. And what says “Thainess” more than causing artificial traffic congestion? Exactly! Therefore the TAT is going to hold a celebration this coming Wednesday (14/01/2015). How do we celebrate you ask? Of course by shutting down some critical roads around Lumpini Park. When you want to know? Of course when everyone finishes work. Attendees will be able to see “The pride of the nation”…

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Living 

Vegetarian Festival Thailand

In case you wander around Thailand between the end of September and the beginning of October (in 2014 it’s September 23 – October 3) and you see all those yellow and red flags, signs, bags, etc. – don’t wonder any longer. Here’s the explanation: It’s the annual Vegetarian Festival (Tesagan Gin Je). Being rooted in China it does make sense to visit China Town (for those of you in Bangkok) of course. You’ll find an incredible amount of vegetarian food there ranging from typical sweet and sour stuff to the…

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Living 

Valentine’s Day in Thailand

Valentine’s Day. February 14th. The day of love and harmony. You might wonder if Valentine’s Day is a ‘western thing’ or if it also is celebrated over here in the Land Of Smile. Let me tell you: You haven’t seen Valentine’s Day until you’ve been to Thailand. It is ridiculous. One day before Valentine’s Day (for the non-mathematicians: February 13th) thousands (not exaggerating here) of street stalls will pop up out of nothing and start selling everything that’s somehow red or pink or both. Once you’ve seen VDAY here in…

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