Once the backbone of the Thai military and later the backbone of the Thai teakwood logging industry, the Thai elephant remains a potent and often encountered symbol in Thailand. On March 13th of each year elephants in Thailand celebrate their birthday on Thai National Elephant Day.
For one week around the full moon of the 12th lunar month, visitors to the Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai could be forgiven for thinking they had been transported into a war zone instead of the heart of the ancient Lanna (one million rice fields) kingdom. Day and night the percussion of constantly exploding […]
Loi Krathong is the largest annual festival held throughout Thailand and one in which almost every Thai participates. Traditionally Loi Krathong is held on the night of the full moon in the 12th month of the lunar calendar, however with the full moon this year falling on a Wednesday, many Loi Krathong festivals will commence […]
The three day Poi Sang Long ceremony in Mae Hong Son traces it’s origins back to Buddhist legend which tells the tale of Prince Rahula, the son of Buddha, who gave up his worldly possessions to follow his fathers teachings and who became the first novice Buddhist monk and youngest ordained monk 2,535 years ago. In the ceremony young boys first have their heads shaved by parents and family members before being bathed, anointed with herbal waters and then dressed to resemble princes from bygone eras.