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

SRIPHONG PHUKAOLUAN FOUNDATION
Sunday, December 3rd at Krabi Resort Starting at 6am

THE CAUSE
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

Get Well Soon(er) in Krabi!

Both expats and Thai locals alike, often make a trip to Bangkok if they require extensive medical treatment or a major operation. Although many Thai provinces boast world-class hospitals, the medical centres in Bangkok enjoy a particularly good reputation, at home and even abroad. The standard of medical care is so high in fact, that many so-called ëmedical touristsí flock to Bangkokís hospitals from around the world, and especially countries such as the United States where the cost of similar treatment at home can be prohibitively high.

Tourists who come to Bangkok for their medical care often intend to kill two birds with one stone. They want to benefit from the high quality treatment in state-of-the-art medical facilities, followed up by an exotic holiday to help set them on the road to recovery. Although Bangkok may be the destination of choice for an operation, many patients prefer to recuperate in a far more relaxed environment afterwards. Continue reading Get Well Soon(er) in Krabi!

Experience the peaceful island of Koh Klang when visiting Krabi, Thailand

If you want a different kind of adventure, experience the peaceful island of Koh Klang when visiting Krabi, Thailand. It is not the Krabi of white sandy beaches, but it is just as special.

Most of the inhabitants of Koh Klang, which number approximately 5,000 people, came to the island around the time of World War II. Prior to that time, there were only eight houses on the island. Most of the people that live there now are fisherman and rice, coconut and banana farmers. Continue reading Experience the peaceful island of Koh Klang when visiting Krabi, Thailand

Qatar Airways to start flights to Krabi in December

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has welcomed the announcement by Qatar Airways, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, that it will inaugurate flights to Chiang Mai and Krabi as of December 2016.

The Doha-based airline’s Group Chief Executive, Mr. Akbar Al Baker made the announcement at the ITB Berlin, the world’s largest international travel fair, which was held during 9-13 March, 2016. Continue reading Qatar Airways to start flights to Krabi in December