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...
An Isaan Village Festival

An Isaan Village Festival

Every year around this time our Moo Baan or village puts on a small Buddhist festival involving the village’s wat or temple. These festivals seem to be pretty light hearted affairs with the aim of having time off work, raising some money, gaining merit in the...
A Thai Shotgun Marriage

A Thai Shotgun Marriage

But you’ll be pleased to read that no shotgun was involved. Let me put a scenario to you and compare the possible western response to the outcome that happened in my small Isaan village in the North East of Thailand. Let’s say you discover that your...
Bun Bang Fai – Fireworks

Bun Bang Fai – Fireworks

One of the odd things about Thailand is that they have a love of miniature garden windmills. Our resort has installed a couple of them and I had to stop to take a couple of photos for a Dutch friend of mine, who had recently visited us in Chiang Mai. Day two of the...