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...
Tour de Thailand

Tour de Thailand

Bike for Dad was a major event held by Thais worldwide as part of the festivities for the king’s 88th birthday. Over 600,000 Thais formally registered to take part after a similar event not surprisingly called Bike for Mum on the queen’s birthday earlier...
An Isaan Sport’s Day

An Isaan Sport’s Day

I had a moment when I wondered whether sharing a Thai sports day opening was really the sort of thing I should be covering in the blog. It sounds so mundane doesn’t it? However on very modest reflection I thought that it was and is very much in the general theme...
Loi Krathong in Isaan

Loi Krathong in Isaan

I had better start with a “what is Loi Krathing” for those of you new to the Thai festival scene. There are two parts to the displays that form the celebrations on this night, the floating boats and the sky lanterns. These are as a result of there being...