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  • Phraya Krai Phakdi Memorial Fair, San Don Ta Festival and Worshipping City Pillar   When: 16 – 21 September 2017 Where: The field in front of Khukhan municipal office, Si Sa Ket. Northeast Thailand This annual event is a vibrant and sacred ritual of paying respect to the Khukhan City Pillar[...] The post Major Si Sa Ket Festivals in September appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Naga Fireballs Festival   When: 5th October 2017 Where: Nong Khai Province. Northeast Thailand. Naga Fireballs Each year around the end of Buddhist Lent, along a stretch of the Mekong River, close to a sand bar which looks vaguely similar to a scaly Naga, you can with luck and only after sunset[...] The post Unexplained Fireballs of the Mekong River appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Have you ever wanted to be alone on your own Desert Island?   Thai Desert Islands Incl those where you risk life & limb Thailand has hundreds of islands both in the Gulf of Thailand and in the Andaman Sea. In the not too distant past most of these islands were uninhabited, unfortunately[...] The post Thai Desert Islands Incl those where you risk life & limb appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Simple tricks to get the cheapest flights online – It’s not just using about using flight comparison sites     Firstly it is important to understand Flight Comparison Sites come under two distinct banners: either as a travel fare aggregator website (Fare aggregators redirect the users to an airline) or travel metasearch engine, so[...] The post Simple tricks to get the cheapest flights online appe...

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  • Have you ever spent time arguing with a complete stranger on line?   If you have – then You are not alone, for anyone who has written or re-posted an article, they personally believed has merit, you unwittingly open the door to the world’s ……Toxic Trolls. These later date art,[...] The post Dealing with Toxic Trolls appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Merit Making   ‘Merit’ is not charity as perceived by western people and it is offensive to many Buddhist followers, to hear others imply that when monks leave their temples to gather alms, (known as “BIN THA BAT” – บิณฑบาตร), that this is in some way begging. Buddhist people believe[...] The post Monks Alms Rounds in Thailand appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Thai people have for countless centuries been animists, believing in spirits, ghosts and ghouls. The arrival of Buddhism around the 3rd century B.C. did little to change these beliefs and in some way actually legitimized them.   In ancient Buddhist cosmology the universe was made of thirty-one planes of existence stacked[...] The post Tree Dwelling Spirits of Thailand appeared first on Asia Backpa...

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  • In honor of the late King Bhumibol and after a little over a year of mourning, the people of the Kingdom have their final chance to bid farewell to their King, before his soul is dispatched to rejoin the former kings of Thailand, through a Royal Gateway to another Realm[...] The post Royal Gateway to another Realm appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Following in the Footsteps of Greatness – The New King of Thailand     King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun: มหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร) was born 28th July 1952, in the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall of the Dusit Palace in Bangkok. He is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit’s four children. Like his father[...] The post The New King of Thailand appeared first...

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  • The Mlabri are a first world people, currently going through a transformation process, which has taken others thousands of years…… and which could cost them their identity.     Most articles written about Thailand’s smallest of tribes, (who have been called “the most interesting and least understood people in Southeast[...] The post Spirits of the Yellow Leaves – Walking into oblivion appeared fir...

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  • Thailand and especially Bangkok is regarded as one of the biggest wild animal smuggling centers in the world, with wildlife officials calling it, one of the “black holes” of “animal laundering.”   The smuggling of endangered wildlife, both dead and alive, is a billion-dollar global business, second only in size[...] The post Thailand – Hub for illegal wildlife trafficking appeared first on Asia Ba...

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  • Could the dream of owning a 7/11 store be a thing of the past and used knickers the future? Looking around Asia you can see every where automation taking on these smaller convenience stores, potentially slowly confining them to the history books. Where we in Southeast Asia and particularly Thailand[...] The post Last chime for Convenience stores in Thailand appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • July and Thailand’s Candle Festivals  The Kingdom celebrates in style each year, around Asanha Bucha Day and the start of the Buddhist Lent period, with a whole host of colourful and fun filled festivals to celebrate the humble candle and its place in the hearts of its people. Listed here[...] The post Thailand’s Biggest Candle Festivals appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • An ancient people who were forced from their homes to rebuild an abandoned city, in a neighboring Kingdom and who are fighting to keep their identity      Over many centuries different tribal groups have settled in the North of Thailand, moving down from China, Myanmar and Tibet, to trade along[...] The post Vanishing Tribes of Thailand – Tai Khuen appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Betel chewing— Once widely seen in Thailand as a harmless narcotic that was also used in the art of seduction   While Japanese women and men for centuries, sort too beautify themselves, by blackening their teeth in a custom called Ohaguro, (Traces of blackened teeth can be seen in the[...] The post Thailand’s Beauty and the Teeth appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Thai people and their beliefs in multiple souls and the Basasii Ceremony   Few people of northeast Thailand would consider undertaking an important endeavor without holding this ancient ritual, Ceremony to Return a Wandering Soul. This could include; taking a long journey or moving home or starting a new job, the arrival of[...] The post Ceremony to Return a Wandering Soul appeared first on Asia B...

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  • The spirit of Phi Faa in Isaan – A benevolent spirit that is both worshipped and feared   The people of Northeast Thailand believe that a supernatural power, resides in the sky. They call this being “Phi Fa,” also known as Nang Fa (นางฟ้า) or Phi Thaen (ผีแถน), often represented as a woman having[...] The post Calling on demons and spirits to cure the ill appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Where the cities spirits are taken by land and sea, to enable the local people to gain good fortune in their every-day lives   When: 1 – 5th June 2017 Where: Chao Pho Lak Mueang shrine, Samut Sakhon. Central Thailand Each year the people of this Bangkok Metropolitan Region, hosts[...] The post Chao Pho Lak Mueang Procession appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Where whole families take the time to remember, those that they have lost and to remember, what they still have     When: 4 or 5th April each year Where: Across Thailand The Qingming or Ching Ming Festival, also known as Tomb-Sweeping Day in English, is a traditional Chinese festival, held on the first day[...] The post Qingming Festival or Tomb-Sweeping Day in Thailand appeared first on Asia Back...

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  • When the Chinese communities in Thailand use food, perfumes and rice wine, to welcome Dragons     When: May 5th (Chinese Lunar Calendar – in Thailand 30th May 2017) (2018 – June 18th) Where: Across the Kingdom where there are larger Chinese communities.   Dragon Boat Festival in Thailand. While this[...] The post Dragon Boat Festival in Thailand appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Where size, personality and brains go hand in hand – Elephant Buffet and Jumbo Queen Contest      When: Annually 1st May Where: Sam Phran Crocodile Farm, Sam Phran District, Nakhon Pathom Province. Central Thailand   The Annual Event This annual event, has been running since 1996, it was once[...] The post Elephant Buffet and Jumbo Queen Contest appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Where the local people pray to their gods and spirits for the much needed rain, with a mixture of song, dance and colour     When: 7-12 May 2017 Where: Ban Nong Si Charoen, Ban That, Phen, Udon Thani Bong Fai Festivals are held every year in most parts of Northeast[...] The post The Rocket Festival and the Legend of Kham Lai Horse appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • What do rockets, snakes, porn, rain and cats have in common? Why that’s simple Isaan!     The people of Northeast Thailand are historically subsistence farmers and so rely heavily, on the annual rains for their harvest. Around April –June each year, to give a gentle reminder to the gods[...] The post Using cats, porn & snakes to make rain in Thailand appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • Another year of Ghosts Ghouls and Goblins With the start of the Buddhist New Year just around the corner, we look back on last year, at what supernatural stories made the headlines in Thailand. (See previous year’s post: A Year of Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins) These 14 stories aren’t confined to late-night[...] The post Ghost Stories from Thailand appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • The annual conscription lottery is soon to begin, here in Thailand   In the First week of April each year the Kingdom holds its ‘Draft Pick’ for those Thai men who have obtained the age of 21. While those medically unfit still need to attend, they are not excepted into Thailand’s[...] The post Third Gender in Thai armed Services appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • While the world may use this day for political flag waving, here in Thailand it is a time of dance, music and an elephant or two.   When: 1st May Annually Where: Across the Kingdom May Day, Labor Day, or International Workers’ Day, is a public holiday in many countries[...] The post Labor Day in Thailand appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  • To Mo Chinese Goddess Festival where the people of southern Thailand, show respect to a goddess that is known throughout Asia    When: Annually in April Where: Sungai Kolok district, Narathiwat. Southern Thailand   The importance of the Goddess The goddess is highly revered by local Chinese Thai, residents of[...] The post Thailand’s Goddess of Mercy appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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  •   How a Monkey Warrior created this ancient city – Tribute to deities in Lop Buri   When: Annually late March Where: Muang Lop Buri District. Lop Buri Province. Central Thailand Lopburi is one of the oldest cities in Thailand, famous for the hundreds of crab-eating macaques that overrun the Old[...] The post Tribute to deities in Lop Buri appeared first on Asia Backpackers.

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