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Visiting Thailand in December

One of the most popular months to visit Thailand, December heralds the start of the peak tourist season as overseas visitors head to the kingdom for winter warmth and sunshine. Flights to Thailand tend to be more expensive in December although deals can still be had, particularly if you don’t mind flying on an indirect […]

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Ban Baat Monks Bowl Community, Bangkok

Ban Baat Monk’s Bowl Community, Bangkok

There was a time when all of the bowls used by Thai monks on their daily alms round were hand-made. Today, most of these alms bowls are mass-produced cheaply and quickly in factories elsewhere in Asia. But in Bangkok, one community is preserving the … [Read More...]

Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya

Sanctuary of Truth, Pattaya

Located adjacent to the sea in Naklua, north Pattaya, the Sanctuary of Truth is a remarkable structure. Painstakingly carved from wood using traditional techniques and constructed without using any metal nails, it’s difficult to describe in one word … [Read More...]

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, Mae Hong Son

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu, Mae Hong Son

A visit to Mae Hong Son isn’t complete without a trip to the hilltop temple of Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu (Doi Kong Mu is the name of the hill on which the temple stands). The temple is particularly atmospheric in the early morning with mist and low … [Read More...]

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Silent Waters: Tsunami 10 Years On

December 26, 2004 is a date that will never be forgotten by so many. Not just by those directly caught up in the terrible events of that day, but by those in countries around the world who watched media coverage of the Indian Ocean tsunami and waited … [Read More...]

Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Royal Palace, Phetchaburi

Phra Ram Ratchaniwet Royal Palace, Phetchaburi

Originally intended to be used as rainy season retreat away from Bangkok, King Rama V (King Chulalongkorn) funded the building of this royal palace at Phetchaburi from his personal finances. The Thai monarch commissioned a German architect, Karl … [Read More...]

Pai Canyon, Thailand

Exploring Pai Canyon

Pai Canyon (Kong Lan) is described in some tourist brochures as Thailand's answer to the Grand Canyon. To say that's stretching a point would be putting it mildly. Pai Canyon is interesting geographically and provides some fine views, but if you're … [Read More...]

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Chong Para Ceremony and Festival, Mae Hong Son

The end of the traditional Buddhist rains retreat, known in Thai as Awk Phansa, is marked by ceremonies and religious activities throughout Thailand. There are some regions of the country which have their own unique events for Awk Phansa influenced … [Read More...]