• 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…

  • Princess Ubolratana to run for Thai Prime Minister
    Culture,  Thailand News

    Princess Ubolratana to Run for Thai Prime Minister

    In a political shocker, Thailand’s Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya will run for Thai Prime Minister. The Thai Raksa Chart party officially nominated her Friday. Ubolratana accepted the nomination while reminding media that she is now merely a citizen. She relinquished her official royal title in 1972 after marrying a U.S. citizen and moving to America. However, the Thai people pay no attention to such technicalities. They have always viewed her as royalty being the daughter of the beloved, late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. She divorced in 1998 and returned to Thailand permanently in 2001. Her Royal Highness now holds the title of ‘Tunkramom Ying’, or Daughter to…

  • Sain sin resting on a pa kwan tree
    Culture,  Relationship

    Sai Sin of a Traditional Thai Isaan Wedding

    The sai sin ceremony was my favorite part of the traditional Thai Isaan wedding with my wife, Ping Ping. Sai sin is the name of the white strings that have been blessed and then used during the wedding. Thai people also use these strings in other ceremonies such as house blessings and even funerals. During a wedding, the pa kwan (tree used in weddings and other events) holds the strings until it is time for the sai sin ceremony of the wedding. 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.    …

  • Chatuchak Park, One of Bangkok's Most Popular Public Parks
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    Chatuchak Park, One of Bangkok’s Most Popular Public Parks

    Chatuchak Park, located just north of downtown Bangkok, is one of the city’s most popular public parks. This park is just one of three included in the Chatuchak Park Complex. The other two being Wachirabenchatat Park and Queen Sirikit Park. First opened in 1980, Chatuchak is the oldest of the three. Queen Sirikit Park was built in 1992. It was named and constructed after Queen Sirikit in honor of her 60th birthday. Wachirabenchatat, year 2002, is the most recent to open. 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…

  • Remember These Top Ten Cultural Do's on Your Visit to Thailand
    Culture,  Travel

    Remember These Top Ten Cultural Do’s On Your Visit to Thailand

    What are some of the cultural norms when visiting Thailand? I hear this question often. This is the reason why I compiled a list of ten cultural do’s to remember for those on vacation in Thailand. Some are sort of unspoken rules, while others are just some of my own suggestions. Regardless, when in Thailand remember to do these… Disclosure: This blog receives payments from advertisements when you click on a link and make a purchase. 1. Have Fun First off, have fun (sanuk). After all, you are in Thailand now. Enjoy your trip. There’s plenty of fun things to do in Thailand. Relax and take in the experience. Whether…

  • How to Spend the Day in Ayutthaya, Thailand
    Travel

    How to Spend a Day in Ayutthaya, Thailand

    Ayutthaya is a historical city located north of Bangkok. The city is famous for it’s temples. Learn how to spend a day in Ayutthaya viewing these famous temples, eating at the market, cooling off inside museums, and watching Thai movies. You can either spend the night in the city and start with the itinerary upon waking, or drive from Bangkok in the morning and see everything before spending the night. 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.   Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon First stop, Wat Yai Chai Mongkon. This temple is…