Traveling 

6 of the Best Festivals to Take Part in While Travelling in Thailand

Thailand is a wonderfully diverse country, with the inhabitants there never ones to turn down a chance to live it up at a public event. Here are six of the best festivals to take part in while you’re travelling around Thailand. Loi Krathong Festival The Loi Krathong festival revolves around light, occurring at the time of a full moon in the 12th lunar month of the year. The name literally translates to ‘floating lotus flower’, with flowers that are made from banana leaves shaped to look like a lotus and…

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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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Living 

Chinese New Year – Lunar New Year in Thailand

The Lunar / Chinese New Year is the biggest festival in China and sets a complete country in motion. With all the Chinese influences here in Thailand this, obviously, does not pass unnoticed in the Land of Smile as well. Lots of Chinese employees / workers will go home to spend time with their family or take the time off to travel with their friends. What’s happening during Chinese New Year in Thailand? Celebrations! Obviously. You will see Chinese decorations and specials everywhere. Special discounts in shops, malls, heck even at…

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Music 

Big Mountain Music Festival

Music peeps, get ready to rock! It’s again this time of the year. The time we all travel up (or down) to Khao Yai in order to rock on for two days straight. Big Mountain Music Festival is set to happen and sees, once more, a pretty cool line-up. Especially given the fact that we didn’t see the Sonic Bang Festival happen this year, BMMF seems like a must see in terms of music highlights. Bands that will rock you include, but are not limited to: Cat Power, Greasy Cafe,…

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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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santa cause bangkok Living 

Bringing Christmas to Bangkok – Santa Cause BKK

While it is quite hard to find christmas feeling like ‘back home’ here in Bangkok I came across something that is way more christmasy than anything I’ve ever done before back home in Europe. Thanks to the Bangkok Volunteers Meetup group. The Christmas Spirit that is now brought to Bangkok by this group is something I really like and appreciate. Heck, I’m really happy I found out about that! Like in some other cities The Bangkok Volunteer Group picks up the Santa Cause idea, collects donations and gifts from all…

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