Respect for the Past

Respect for the Past

It’s not really a respect for the past sort of heading photo is it! I couldn’t come up with anything better and these children formed a fun part of the morning so let’s respect the past by embracing the joy of the future as represented by these...
Mushrooms and Monks

Mushrooms and Monks

This is the second of my blogs to capture some of the events that are happening right now in our part of Thailand, the northeast a region called Isaan. Mushrooms and monks may seem like an odd combination but they are both at the top of the to-do list for many people...
Dan Sai Ghost Mask Festival

Dan Sai Ghost Mask Festival

Every year in the small town of Dan Sai, in the hills of Loei province, a three-hour drive from us, a unique festival is held called Phi (Spirit) Ta Khon or Ghost Mask festival. It is an event I have been wanting to attend for several years but each time something...
Bun Bang Fai – Si Bun Ruang

Bun Bang Fai – Si Bun Ruang

We had a great Bun Bang Fai in our small part of Isaan this year. Bun Bang Fai is an Isaan rocket festival that happens every May/June with the vague aim of encouraging rains to fall for the upcoming rice season, and just by chance also includes a lot of drinking,...
Bun Bang Fai Part 2 – 2017

Bun Bang Fai Part 2 – 2017

Bun Bang Fai is an exclusively Isaan (a region in the north east of Thailand) rocket festival held in June every year to encourage the rains to come for the rice season. I say exclusive in a Thai sense. The festival originated in Laos, which explains why it now forms...
Bun Bang Fai 2017

Bun Bang Fai 2017

Bun Bang Fai (rocket festival) is an event held in the north east of Thailand, a region called Isaan where we live. The origins of this festival can be found in Laos but presumably was imported into Thailand along with the historical movement of population from Laos,...
Si Bun Ruang Village Festival

Si Bun Ruang Village Festival

This is a very minor happening and is mostly a photo gallery with comments but I hope you find it interesting. These small but involving events define the passing of the year in the village and provide breaks to the everyday routine however pleasant that is. After a...
Bun Bang Fai 2016

Bun Bang Fai 2016

Bun Bang Fai is another festival to add to your calendar of Thai events. In this case you will need to travel to the north east of the country to the Isaan region to take part in this period of dancing, music, parties and the firing of rockets. It is also part of the...