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...
Isaan – the Small Stories 31

Isaan – the Small Stories 31

This is a very short edition of “Isaan – the Small Stories” and in fact will be the last edition under this name. In future I will be writing a monthly update of life here in the same format with small stories that give glimpses into the life of a...
A Day with the Thai Army

A Day with the Thai Army

Yesterday I enjoyed the slightly odd combination of spending the morning hosted by the Thai army and then the afternoon wandering through some of my favourite wats (temples) close(ish) to the army base. I started out thinking that both topics would fit into the one...
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,...
Isaan – the Small Stories 30

Isaan – the Small Stories 30

Wow. Who would have thought that I would discover enough new material to keep this series going for its 30th edition. Well I have and here it is 🙂 If you are new to these posts they are extracted from the entries I write almost daily on Facebook, which is why they are...
Two Days in Isaan

Two Days in Isaan

This is a bit of a unplanned post as I was going to make it a Facebook entry only. When I started to collect all the photos for the story I realised that there were a few topics covered and that a small blog post just to remind people I am still in the writing...
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...
Two More Local Wats

Two More Local Wats

Wat Pha/Pa Bandai Sawan and Wat Khao Chong Chat I am taking a short break from sharing our travels to Phuket to show you through a couple of local temples that we have visited since our return from the beach a week ago. A friend of mine originally discovered one of...