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Examining the Lotus Flower in Buddhism and Thai Culture

Examining the Lotus Flower in Buddhism and Thai Culture

The lotus flower is a sacred symbol of Buddhism. It is found throughout Thai culture. Found in muddy waters, the lotus rises above to show off it’s beauty. This feat is symbolic in Buddhism as it represents enlightenment. The lovely look of the flower is symbolic of purity. Throughout Thai literature and art it...

Journey to Wat Pha Nam Thip in Roi Et, Thailand

Journey to Wat Pha Nam Thip in Roi Et, Thailand

Wat Pha Nam Thip Thep Prasit Wanaram appears in the northeastern Thailand (Isaan) countryside seemingly out of nowhere. The journey here is scarce by tourists. The wat is located in the eastern part of the Roi Et province. The temple sits atop a hill. Surrounding below are rural villages and forests. The site contains...

Buddha Poses for Days of the Week in Thailand Culture

Buddha Poses for Days of the Week in Thailand Culture

Golden statues of Buddha line up in a row at many temples of Thailand. These represent the 7 days of the week. Thai people are especially concerned about the day of the week they were born on. Coins will often be left at the statue of their birthday. However, this practice is not actually...

Top 6 Laws to Know When Vacationing in Thailand

Top 6 Laws to Know When Vacationing in Thailand

Laws in Thailand may differ from your home country. If you plan to travel to Thailand it is of importance to do a check on what may be legal or illegal to do during your stay. Be sure not to break the following while in the country. These are 6 of Thailand’s top laws....

Waterfall Cave Soda, Roi Et, Thailand: Nature & Buddhism

Waterfall Cave Soda, Roi Et, Thailand: Nature & Buddhism

A treasure named Waterfall Cave Soda awaits those willing to find it in the northeastern tip of Roi Et province, Thailand. Nature and Buddhism blend together to create this amazing site. Waterfall Cave Soda is a tremendous site for hiking, photography, and prayer. The spectacular views are also worth the bumpy ride it takes...

Unseen Bangkok: Royal Thai Air Force Museum

Unseen Bangkok: Royal Thai Air Force Museum

The Royal Thai Air Force Museum is an unseen gem hidden away from all of the major tourist sites. The museum is located in the Don Mueang district of Bangkok. A district that many foreign visitors never even explore. I was lucky enough to know about the museum because it is near Bang Khen...

Buddhism in Thailand: A Quick Introduction

Buddhism in Thailand: A Quick Introduction

From an early age I was drawn to the peaceful religion of Buddhism. The teachings had always made a lot of sense to me. I have since married a Thai woman, traveled throughout Thailand, and have also prayed at Buddhist temples. What exactly is Buddhism though? Seeing that I read this question often, I have...