Living in Isaan – Edition 12

Living in Isaan – Edition 12

Introduction – Skip if you are a regular reader I have got SO behind in these posts I call “Living in Isaan”, which are a series of small stories I have recorded that make up my everyday life in a small rural village in the northeast of Thailand, a region called...
Mushrooms and Monks

Mushrooms and Monks

This is the second of my blogs to capture some of the events that are happening right now in our part of Thailand, the northeast a region called Isaan. Mushrooms and monks may seem like an odd combination but they are both at the top of the to-do list for many people...
Living in Isaan – Edition 11

Living in Isaan – Edition 11

Introduction – Skip if you are a regular reader I have got SO behind in these posts I call “Living in Isaan”, which are a series of small stories I have recorded that make up my everyday life in a small rural village in the northeast of Thailand, a region called...
Living in Isaan – Edition 10

Living in Isaan – Edition 10

Introduction – Skip if you are a regular reader I have got SO behind in these posts I call “Living in Isaan”, which are a series of small stories I have recorded that make up my everyday life in a small rural village in the northeast of Thailand, a region called...
Living in Isaan – Edition 9

Living in Isaan – Edition 9

I have got SO behind in these posts I call “Living in Isaan”, which are a series of small stories I have recorded that make up my everyday life in a small rural village in the northeast of Thailand, a region called Isaan/Isan/Esan. It has been a busy year establishing...
Dan Sai Ghost Mask Festival

Dan Sai Ghost Mask Festival

Every year in the small town of Dan Sai, in the hills of Loei province, a three-hour drive from us, a unique festival is held called Phi (Spirit) Ta Khon or Ghost Mask festival. It is an event I have been wanting to attend for several years but each time something...
Renovating an Isaan Rice Hut

Renovating an Isaan Rice Hut

I have always loved the timber rice storage huts you see in the garden of just about every rural house in Isaan. Somehow they are essentially Isaan and each has its own character and history. In the days when everyone grew their own rice this was where it was stored...
Bun Bang Fai – Si Bun Ruang

Bun Bang Fai – Si Bun Ruang

We had a great Bun Bang Fai in our small part of Isaan this year. Bun Bang Fai is an Isaan rocket festival that happens every May/June with the vague aim of encouraging rains to fall for the upcoming rice season, and just by chance also includes a lot of drinking,...