Chinese Migration to Thailand

When Chinese migrants came to Thailand centuries ago, most arrived with hardly anything. Despite discrimination and appalling hardships they survived by working hard and believing in a better future Suthon Sukphisit T he Thai expression, “to travel with just a mat and a pot” describes how many Chinese migrated to Thailand. They travelled with few … Read moreChinese Migration to Thailand

Thailand Information

1. GENERAL INFORMATION 2. CLIMATE & WEATHER CONDITIONS 3. PEOPLE AND CULTURE 4. LOCAL CUSTOMS 5. CURRENCY 6. THINGS TO KNOW 7. VISAS & PASSPORT 8. CUSTOMS REGULATIONS 9. TRAVEL TO THE COUNTRY 10. TRAVEL WITHIN THE COUNTRY 11. CAMPING 12. DINING AND DRINKING 13. ENTERTAINMENT 14. PHONE NUMBERS 15. VISITORS INFORMATION 16. USEFUL PHRASES … Read moreThailand Information

The Six Faces of Hanuman

Hanuman, the magical white monkey warrior in Rama’s simian army, is probably the best known monkey character in Ramakien, the Thai version of the Indian epic Ramayana. He is featured in several episodes and has become a hero especially for Thai children who recognise him instantly in any artistic representation. In the khon, masked dance … Read moreThe Six Faces of Hanuman

Marvellous Mangoes

The season for Thailand’s magnificent mangoes is almost here. While the month of April ushers in the sometimes oppressive heat and humidity of the Thai hot season, one compensation is that it is the beginning of the Thai mango season. The mango, known as mamuang in Thai, is one of Thailand’s premier tropical fruits, and … Read moreMarvellous Mangoes

Theravada Buddhism

Theravada – Teaching of the Elders Theravada (Pali; Sanskrit: Sthaviravada) is one of the eighteen (or twenty) Nikaya schools that formed early in the history of Buddhism. These developed in India during the century subsequent to the death of the Buddha. The name of the school means “Teachings of the Elders” which implies that this … Read moreTheravada Buddhism

Thai Culture

The Monarchy and religion are the two sacred cows in Thailand. Thais are tolerant of most kinds of behaviour as long as it doesn’t insult one of these. Buddhism is the dominant religion, and orange-robed monks and gold, marble and stone Buddhas are common sights. The prevalent form of Buddhism practised is the Theravada school, … Read moreThai Culture

Chiangmai’s Open Markets

Walk in Chiangmai’s Open Markets When it comes to the open markets of Chiangmai, most newly arrived foreigners are steered directly either by guidebooks, travel agencies, hotel desk clerks and even tuk-tuk drivers to the Night Bazaar on Changklan Road between Tha Phae and Loi Kroh Roads. This sizeable market, with a gigantic, well-lit sign … Read moreChiangmai’s Open Markets

Tai Lue

The Tai Lue (Dai Lue) have one of the oldest recorded histories, the first Lue Kingdom was formed in southern Yunnan in 1180. The original areas controlled by the Tai Lue included both sides of the Mekong River in the Sipsongpanna region of Yunna, southern China. The “Sipsongpanna” (or “Xishuangbanna”) Dai are the Dai Lue … Read moreTai Lue