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    Bangkok songkran agendas

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 12/04/2013

    » OMB! We have five days off in a row because the cabinet kindly declared that this year's "official" Songkran break starts from today until Tuesday. Say what you will about PM Poo, but she is so right in giving us a long holiday since we can't function properly during this kind of heat anyway. Anyhoo, that's over 7,000 minutes we're supposed to wisely spend relaxing before going back to the grind on Wednesday. And even though some shops and places in Bangkok may be shut during the Thai New Year, there are plenty more options for celebrating. Here's what we suggest you do and, hopefully, you may also find a deeper meaning of Songkran Festival (besides throwing water at strangers) along the way. Happy splashing, everyone.


    Splish splash

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 11/04/2014

    » There was a fuss made recently over a report that a company planned to organise Songkran celebrations in Singapore. Like a motorcycle taxi’s seat pre-heated by the April midday sun, this prompted some Thais to be extra protective of what they considered exclusive to Thailand. However, we need not worry about anyone copying our Songkran since we have many elements that are so inimitable that no other country would be able to (or want to) recreate them. In honour of the upcoming Thai New Year, we present you with all the things that make Songkran uniquely Thai.


    The Tais that bind so closely

    News, Saiarun Pinaduang, Published on 15/02/2014

    » Ethnic Tai Lue residents in provinces in the Upper North are proud of their roots steeped in culture and tradition. Several generations of Tai Lue migrated from the city of Sipsongpanna – or Xishuangbanna – in China’s southwestern province of Yunnan and settled in the upper northern provinces: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan and Chiang Rai and Phayao.



    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 17/01/2014

    » There have been two things on our mind during the last week besides Bangkok Shutdown and Lin Hui’s pregnancy. They are #selfieolympics and #bikinibridge. The former is the latest trend in photo-taking (seemingly for people who have smartphones, too much time on their hands and a big mirror in front of them) while the latter is a hoax (which we sure hope will really catch on in Thailand). They inspired us to search for lesser-known creative (and cuckoo) photo trends appearing in Thai social media that you may not be aware of. Help popularise them (at your own risk).


    Not the news

    Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 24/01/2014

    » We think we aren’t the only ones who have been glued to our smartphone screens of late, following updates regarding #BangkokShutdown on Twitter and whatnot. Amid the cascade of information and misinformation, one item caught our attention, like a crystal-encrusted golden whistle under the midday light. It was an item about nightlife giant Ku De Ta closing its doors after a series of “bad circumstances” over the past few months that were bad for business with the shutdown being the last straw.


    A venerable legacy

    Life, Vanniya Sriangura, Published on 01/10/2013

    » It's been almost four months since the Venerable Phra Ajahn Mitsuo Gavesako, the famous Japanese abbot of Wat Pah Sunan Tha Wanaram in Kanchanaburi and a highly respected meditation teacher, quietly left the monkhood.


    In the garden of good and evil

    Life, Sasiwimon Boonruang, Published on 31/07/2013

    » A motorcycle-taxi driver who became a Twitter king, a YouTube comedy sensation, a monk who spreads dhamma online. This diverse group of online personalities recently gathered for a panel discussion titled Digital Agenda Thailand: Of Good And Evil In Social Network to share their views on how the new platform affects modern life.


    In search of a king

    Life, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 25/03/2013

    » It was late afternoon on a hot day in Myanmar. A group of Thai archaeologist at an excavation site in Linzingong cemetery in Mandalay were about to wrap up their work when one of them emerged with a lotus-shaped artefact.


    Theravada goes to China

    News, Nauvarat Suksamran, Published on 04/08/2012

    » When the first Thai temple of the Theravada doctrine opened in China, the story emerged of the unique way it was conceived and built and, more significantly, who was behind it.


    Village is a virtual museum

    News, Somsak Suksai, Published on 18/08/2012

    » Villagers of remote Ban Lai Hin have lived in seclusion and toiled on the land for generations, unknowingly preserving a precious culture and way of life.

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