• Salawat of a Thai temple
    Buddhism,  Travel

    What to Expect When You Visit a Thai Buddhist Temple

    The first thing to expect when you visit a Thai Buddhist temple (wat) are lots of buildings. Temples actually consist of several different structures. Remember, an active temple houses Buddhist monks. This is where they live. That’s why you will find a place to sleep and eat in addition to the area for prayer. There will also be important elements used in the landscaping that include statues, corner stones, and sacred trees. The three biggest structures are the ordination hall, the sermon hall, and either a chedi or prang. You can think of a temple as being divided in two: the Phuttawat and Sanghawat. The Phuttawat is the area dedicated…

  • Popular flowers of Thailand
    Culture,  Travel

    Flowers Popular in Thailand

    Thailand’s climate is tropical which makes it a wonderful location for flowers. In fact, trying to do a list of flowers popular in Thailand is difficult due to the vast number of them present. Therefore in this post, we attempt to list some of the bigger names. These flowers are popular for their significance in Thai culture, religion, or rarity.    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.      Golden Shower Tree The golden shower tree, or ratchaphruek in Thailand, is known for its elegant yellow flowers. Its scientific name…

  • Somdet Phra Srina Karinda Park, Roi Et
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    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
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    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…

  • Destinations in North East Bangkok include Fashion Island
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    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…

  • 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
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    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
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    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…

  • Explore the Wai in Thai Culture
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    Explore the Wai in Thai Culture

    The wai is an important gesture in Thailand culture. Thai people use the wai to greet one another, to pray, and show respect. The wai may be included with a thank you. It is even performed when apologizing. This aspect of Thailand culture is displayed in all of the aforementioned situations. In addition, the position of the wai relative to the body has different meanings as well. 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.   First, let’s talk about form. Touch hands together at the chest level. You then place the…

  • Journey to Wat Pha Nam Thip, Roi Et, Thailand
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    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 one of Thailand’s largest chedis, Phra Mahachedi Chai Mongkhon. This chedi stands in the center with eight smaller chedis placed in each direction. The site is vast with lots to explore. Wat Pha Nam Thip is a must see if you plan to travel in Roi Et. You may also want to visit nearby Waterfall Cave Soda.…