• Reclining Buddha, Ayutthaya, Thailand
    Buddhism

    Reclining Buddha in Buddhism and Thailand

    The Reclining Buddha comes from an important time of Buddha’s life. That time right before he enters parinirvana. Also known as nirvana-after-death, the term refers to the death of someone who has attained nirvana in their lifetime. Rebirth is a strong theme in Buddhism that states a person lives life after life perfecting one’s self until finally reaching the state of parinirvana. Thus, parinirvana is the ending of this cycle of rebirth.   Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you.   The Buddha pauses. He tells his followers to make a…

  • 9 Real Quotes from the Buddha
    Buddhism

    9 Real Buddha Quotes

    One of my biggest peeves is seeing quotes attributed to the Lord Buddha that are not real. I think my problem with it is how casually they are used. In reality, sayings from the Buddha were given to his followers and are meant to teach real knowledge. So with this in mind, I wanted to share 9 of my favorite real quotes from the Buddha. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you.   I also want to pass along a great resource for those wanting to check to see if a…

  • Versatile Blogger Award - Excuse My Thai
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    Versatile Blogger Award

    Sawatdee krup! I’m super excited to share that I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. An award given for providing unique, quality content. It is a peer-to-peer award given in the blogging community. I was graciously awarded by fellow blogger Ray at The Ray Journey. You should definitely check out the blog about her one year journey to becoming her own boss and establishing financial freedom with passive income. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you.   By receiving this reward it is also my responsibility to share 7 things about…

  • Culture

    Nicknames and Their Use in Thai Culture

    What’s in a name? Well, in the case of Thai culture, sometimes nothing. Thai people use their nickname on an everyday basis as opposed to their formal name. They often only use the real name for official documents and formal situations. In fact, it is not uncommon to only know a Thai person by their nickname. Furthermore, a nickname may be changed throughout a person’s life. This is due to the name being thought of as a reason for a person’s bad luck. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you.  …

  • Somdet Phra Srina Karinda Park, Roi Et
    Travel

    Ten Things to Do in Roi Et Province, Thailand

    Roi Et is a province in northeastern (Isan) Thailand. It is named after the capital city. The Isan region is the country’s most populous region. However, it is the least visited by tourists. This is my wife’s, Ping Ping, home in Thailand. Thus, I’m so excited to share with you ten things to do in Roi Et province. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you.   1. Wat Burapha Phiram Roi Et is known for having Thailand’s tallest standing Buddha. It’s also the second tallest Buddha overall behind only The Big…

  • Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok
    Buddhism,  Travel

    Wat Phra Si Mahathat in Bang Khen, Bangkok

    The first thing noticed about Wat Phra Si Mahathat when looking at a map is the man-made canals that look like two arms reaching out. Of course, this is only noticeable on the map or from the sky. The temple has a park setting which is very relaxing. My wife and I enjoyed strolling around and looking at everything. Sacred fig trees on each side of the site stand with Buddha underneath. An umbrella sits atop his head which represents enlightenment. Cannonball fruit trees stand here also, another important tree in Theravada Buddhism. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we…

  • Concepts of Thai Buddhism: Karma, Merit, Rebirth & Nirvana
    Buddhism

    Concepts of Karma, Merit, Rebirth & Nirvana

    Karma, merit, rebirth, and nirvana are important concepts in Thai Buddhism. They are essential keys for followers to understand. Each one goes hand in hand, which is important to realize. The Thai Buddhist seeks good karma by making merit so that rebirth leads closer to the supreme goal of nirvana. Karma & Making Merit Karma is a natural law of the universe. No deity, priest, or monk rules karma. When thinking of gravity, we know that what comes up must come down. Karma exists with it’s own sort of law. What you do now affects what happens later.  The concepts of karma and making merit are tied together. Making merit…

  • Destinations in North East Bangkok include Fashion Island
    Travel

    Destinations to Visit in North East Bangkok

    Most visitors to Bangkok tend to visit destinations in the busier center of the city. Yet, Bangkok is a vast city with plenty of attractions. Districts outside of this main center have equally plenty to offer. Here we guide you to destinations in the North East districts of Bangkok: Khan Na Yao, Khlong Sam Wa, Bang Khen, Lat Phrao, Min Buri, and Bueng Kum. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at no extra cost to you. Khan Na Yao FASHION ISLAND Ram Intra Frontage Road fashionisland.co.th Did you know that Fashion Island ranks in the top…

  • How to Pray and Make an Offering at a Thailand Temple
    Buddhism

    How to Pray and Make an Offering at a Thailand Temple

    Whether a Buddhist or not, all can show respect, pray, and make an offering at the temples of Thailand. However, bear in mind not all temples are the same. Contrary to popular belief different temples can have different meanings. There are temples devoted to the Queen, to the city of Bangkok, to those who have passed over, and more. Because of this there may be slight differences in how you make an offering and the praying. Generally speaking though, the offering consists of the same items….candle, flower, and incense. Disclosure: This blog contains affiliate marketing links. When you click a link and make a purchase we receive a commission at…

  • Culture,  Thailand News

    King Maha Vajiralongkorn Appears to Block Sister

    In less than 24 hours, King Maha Vajiralongkorn appears to have blocked sister’s bid for Thai Prime Minister. Earlier this morning, the Thai Raksa Chart party nominated Princess Ubolratana as their candidate. The one person that could have stopped her bid has done just that. The King released a statement tonight calling it inappropriate for a member of the Royal Family to enter into politics. When accepting her nomination, Ubolratana specifically clarified that she is now a commoner, relinquishing her royal title decades ago after marrying a foreigner. The people of Thailand were electrified with Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana entering the election. Almost as soon as a bright, prosperous future…