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...
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...