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...
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...
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...
Bun Bang Fai – an Isaan Festival

Bun Bang Fai – an Isaan Festival

One of the reasons we chose to travel and stay in Isaan at this time in June was that Si Bun Ruang, “our” town, was having their annual festival called Bun Bang Fai over three days but mainly on the weekend of the 14th and 15th. I have never seen a Thai...