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...
A Festival for King Naresuan

A Festival for King Naresuan

Cowgirls and a 400 year old Thai king….read on. After a period of being very slack and not writing anything for the blog I decided to come out of retirement (briefly) and put together a mix of happenings for another of the “Isaan – the Small...
Apple’s Wedding

Apple’s Wedding

Having spent three days updating the format of the blog it is a joy to return to writing a post before I get back into admin again. As it is cold with grey skies outside, in a weird brief spell of winter that has no business happening this late in January, it’s...
Making Merit with a Monk

Making Merit with a Monk

This sudden burst of blog activity is due to the deadline of friends arriving on the 24th to share Christmas with us and my 60th birthday the next day. We have had quite a socially active couple of weeks and I wanted to share some of the things we have been up to...