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  • Tom 10:34 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , demonstration, , HM the King, , , performances, realistic, , , , traditional,   

    Kanchanaburi holds The Bridge over the River Khwae Week 2009 

    Kanchanaburi province will hold The Bridge over the River Khwae and the Thai Red Cross Week 2009 during 27 November to 8 December, in remembrance of the historical incidents.

    The Governor of Kanchanaburi Province, Ruengsak Mahavinijchaimontri, announced the annual event The Bridge over the River Khwae and the Thai Red Cross Week 2009. The event was to commemorate the historical incidents over the bridge during World War II and to raise the awareness among the new generations.

    The activities in the event comprise traditional performances reflecting the old lifestyles, the beauty contest, and the realistic historical demonstration. In addition, on 5 December, an exhibition will be put up on the celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of His Majesty’s Accession to the Throne in order to disseminate HM’s activities for the people, with a candle – lit blessing ceremony for HM the King. (NNT)

  • Tom 1:23 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Arts and Crafts Center, , , , , , , , , , traditional, traditional activities   

    The six grand episodes in Surin Elephant Roundup 

    Ayutthaya province today kicks off its Ancient Capital Loy Krathong Festival to run until 2 November.

    Loy Krathong revelers in Bangkok and its vicinities may travel to Ayutthaya’s Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Center to take part in the “Ancient Capital Loy Krathong Festival” which starts today. The center will host an array of traditional activities and goods alongside the annual celebration of Loy Krathong. (More …)

  • Tom 1:08 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , banana leaves, , , candles, , , , , flowers, incense sticks, khlong, khom fai, Khom Loi, , Lanna traditio, , , , musical performances, Nang Noppamas, , Pra Mae Khong Kha, , , traditional, water,   

    Loy Krathong Festival 

    Loy Kratong Festival

    As the moon radiates at its fullest on the twelfth lunar month, countless lanterns are set to glide on the waters of the rivers and khlongs. Made from a section of a banana tree trunk embroidered with elaborately folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks, the once dark, still waters come to life as the lanterns glimmer like stars. Fireworks explode in the sky with colors and the Nang Noppamas beauty pageant is held to search for the loveliest lady in the Thai national costume.

    Loy means to float and Krathong means a vessel. Held annually on the full moon night of November, the Loy Krathong tradition of setting afloat the krathongs can be traced back to the 14th century in the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai when his favorite consort Nang Noppamas created a lotus-shaped krathong to pay tribute to the Lord Buddha’s footprints on Nammathanathi River in India. (More …)

  • Tom 12:32 pm on September 13, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Chiang Khan, coffee mugs, , guest rooms, homestay, Kaeng Khut Khoo, , Loei, , , , natura, , postcards, residents, , , , , touristy, traditional, tuktuks, village   

    Lost in time at Chiang Khan, Loei, Thailand 

    Chiang Khan, a quiet border town in Loei opposite Laos, oozes with a feel reminiscent of Pai not long ago

    Chiang Khan, Loei, Thailand

    Chiang Khan, Loei, Thailand

    Chiang Khan is a backwater town in Loei Province where time seems to stand still.

    This oasis of tranquility sits by the mighty Mekong River that separates Thailand and Laos. Rows of old wooden houses lining its banks present a beautiful natural backdrop to the town while friendly locals make tourists feel welcome, especially those looking to get away from overdeveloped touristy destinations.

    The feel of yesteryear still hangs heavy on Chiang Khan, and to city slickers it may well even seem like ghost town, but a string of guesthouses and homestay facilities that have sprung up by the river’s banks in recent years is evidence enough that a more tourists are visiting the town, generating in the process extra income for its residents and their families. (More …)

  • Tom 9:02 pm on September 4, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , antiquities, , , artefacts, Ban Lai Ing, centuries, , , , , , Lanna cultural heritage, , Phayao, traditional, Wiang, Wiang Phayao Museum   

    Keeping Phayao’s past alive 


    The Wiang Phayao Museum is a treasure trove of objects d’art, putting together hundreds of rare items to vividly represent the history, local wisdom and culture of this northern province.

    Nestled in the heart of Ban Lai Ing in tambon Wiang of Muang district, the shady compound of the five-century old Lee Temple is an excellent reminder of Phayao province’s rich history, with its diverse collection of antiquities housed inside the Wiang Phayao Museum. The sacred sanctuary of archaeological treasures originates from Phra Khru Anurak Buranan, a highly-revered abbot of the temple who is known for an avid consciousness and appreciation of the Lanna cultural heritage. (More …)

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