Cultural Insights – The Origin of the Name Thailand

Some of you will know that before ‘Thailand’ the South-East Asia Kingdom was known as ‘Siam’. However, the historical background of the change of names goes deeper than what we may assume and is at times even a little confusing. That is why today we will give you a brief and concise history of how ‘Thailand’ came to be. Continue reading Cultural Insights – The Origin of the Name Thailand

Cultural Insights – The Importance of Colors

In our Western society, we don’t pay that much attention to the color of our clothes, besides wearing black at a funeral. Thailand, however, superstitious as it often times is, has a multi-faceted culture that revolves around colors. It is deeply ingrained in their lives and the choice of clothing is only one part of it. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be about superstitions, religion or the monarchy, but it includes the more mundane aspects as well as the coloring of the busses in Bangkok. 

We will give you a rundown of everything you need to know about their affection for the colorful and the important role that it can play. Continue reading Cultural Insights – The Importance of Colors

The Best Restaurants in Krabi Town

As tourism continues to boom in Thailand, Krabi is one of the provinces that benefit the most from it. Due to this exponential growth, there are a lot of different restaurants to choose from. Some of them have been offering their classic Southern Thai food for many years. Others opened more recently and are contemporary restaurants that put a modern twist on classics, while also offering some great European options. 

We will present you with three fantastic dining places in Krabi Town. There are plenty more out there, but for now, we will stick to these three fine restaurants. Continue reading The Best Restaurants in Krabi Town

Cultural Insights – Gold in Buddhism and Thai Culture

For many civilizations throughout history, the value of gold was mainly of a materialistic nature. It was a symbol of power, wealth and influence, and a lot of unspeakable crimes were committed in order to accumulate more of this shiny metal. On the other hand for people like the Aztecs, Incas and, of course, Buddhists it had, and still has a symbolic meaning. So, for this part of our ‘Cultural Insights’ series, we will talk about the importance of gold in Buddhism. Continue reading Cultural Insights – Gold in Buddhism and Thai Culture

Cultural Insights: Ghosts and Spirits

We have touched on the subject of spirits briefly in our first post about cultural insights, but today we want to talk a little more about the animistic beliefs in Thailand. Despite being mainly influenced by the Buddhist religion, the belief in spirits and ghosts (known as Phi) never left the minds and hearts of the local people. It is said that spirits reside everywhere around us; may it be in rocks, trees, the wind, the rice, the threshold of houses – there is no place, where they can’t be found. A good example, where you can “find” a spirit is when you see a tree with colorful cloth wrapped around it. This is a sign that a ghost resides in it.  Continue reading Cultural Insights: Ghosts and Spirits

Buddhism in Thailand

Ever since Siddhartha Gautama sat under a Bodhi tree and reached the state of Enlightenment after seven days of meditating in the 5th Century BC, the teachings of the Buddha (= The Awakened One) are one of the most widely spread philosophies in the world, particularly in Asia. The specific branch of Buddhism practiced in Thailand is called TMap Theravada Mahayana buddhismheravada, which originated on the small island of Sri Lanka, just south of India.

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Ao Nang Boxing Stadium – International MuayThai fight

Sunday 3 December at Ao Nang Boxing Stadium, starts at 9pm.

Muay Thai is a martial arts form and contact sport where boxers use their entire body.It is also known as “The Art of Eight Limbs”, as martial artists of Muay Thai employ eight parts of the body that mimic weapons of war.

  • Hands are like swords or daggers.
  • The elbows are like a mace or hammer, to fell opponents.
  • The legs are like an axe.
  • The knees are like the staff of the axe.

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Sriphong Phukaoluan foundation – Krabi Race for Kids

Sunday, December 3rd at Krabi Resort Starting at 6am

The Sriphong Phukaoluan Foundation was established in 1995 to provide scholarships for needy students in Krabi Province. It was founded by Khun Chuan Phukaoluan, then the Mayor of Krabi, and now the President of the Foundation. The Foundation was named in honor of his late father and, since the tsunami in December 2004, has widened its scope to aid victims of the tsunami in Krabi Province. Continue reading Sriphong Phukaoluan foundation – Krabi Race for Kids

What happens next? interview with the thai tourism minister

On Monday the Minister of Tourism, Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul, briefed the ambassadors and other foreign diplomats on the situation in Thailand following the passing of King Bhumibol.  A couple of the ambassadors posted a few of the power point slides. Which was kind of them, but not very helpful for me. So, I tweeted that it would be nice if the Minister also briefed travel writers based in Thailand. I didn’t think anything would come of it, but as it turned out, the Minister’s sister follows me on Twitter. Apparently she told Kobkarn about what I was tweeting and she immediately invited me in for my own private briefing. Which is what I did on Wednesday. Below are some of my notes and observations. Continue reading What happens next? interview with the thai tourism minister