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...
A Forest Temple Festival

A Forest Temple Festival

In my last post Isaan – the Small Stories 8 HERE, I included a story about Thai forest wats. This post today takes you inside the walls of our local temple to join in a special festival to celebrate the end of Buddhist Lent. Because I am lazy I will just...
A Ghostly Meal in Isaan

A Ghostly Meal in Isaan

This post started life as a topic in “Isaan – the Small Stories 7”, which will be published very soon. However it seemed long enough to stand on its own so here it is. Sunday the 29th of September is one of what Gaun calls “holy days”,...
An Isaan Funeral

An Isaan Funeral

We are having some building work done on our newly completed house with the aim of making what has ended up a very liveable design even better. One day after starting all work stopped for three days and loud Isaan music could be heard being played from our part of the...
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

In my last post HERE I wrote that my 200th post would be my latest ramblings about retirement in general and retiring in Thailand specifically. Plans have changed because we have just returned from three days in a town called Ubon Ratchathani, six hours drive South of...
Songkran in Isaan

Songkran in Isaan

Songkran is the huge Thai New Year festival that is officially held over three days in mid-April each year. It is very similar to the Western Christmas/New Year period with a large movement of people heading back to their homes to be with friends and family and a lot...
Becoming a Monk in Isaan

Becoming a Monk in Isaan

A really short post before I get stuck into a longer entry on Songkran, the Thai New Year which has just finished. The only reason I have included this mini-story is that it is another example of the constant things of interest that happen in the village without...
A House Blessing Ceremony

A House Blessing Ceremony

One of my most consistent readers wrote a comment recently and said she was looking forward to hearing about the house blessing ceremony. For some reason I had a blank moment about passing this story on as it happened in mid-March, Week 20 of my house build, which you...