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    Once in a lifetime

    Brunch, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 07/04/2019

    » The sky in Mae Hong Son was grey with haze, blanketing the province day and night. The smell from forest fires and the open-air burning of farm waste hurt the nose. The polluted air hurt the eyes. But the ongoing air crisis couldn't ruin the celebratory spirit of Ban Pha Bong community as it hosted Poi Sang Long, the annual mass novice ordination ceremony of the Tai Yai ethnic group.

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    Gearing up for tourists

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 08/03/2018

    » After harvesting season, rice farmers in the Northeast hold an annual merit-making ceremony to express gratitude to Mae Phosop (the Goddess of Rice). The farmers bring a portion of their newly harvested rice and pile it up on a temple ground for monks to bless.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Access for all?

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 07/11/2016

    » Visitors have returned in their droves to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha after it was temporarily closed for two weeks following the passing of His Majesty the King -- Europeans, Chinese and others, many of whom are dressed in dark-coloured clothing. Some of them are also disabled.

  • TRAVEL

    All shook up

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 12/05/2016

    » You may have seen or joined a monk ordination ceremony in your neighbourhood. In some communities, a monk-to-be may sit on the shoulders of a male relative or friend, on the back of an elephant, a horse or on a plastic chair in the back of a pickup truck for a parade starting from home to the temple.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Float your boat for Loy Krathong

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 21/11/2018

    » When the Full Moon rises in the sky tomorrow night, Thais will celebrate Loy Krathong by launching their floats of flowers on waterways nationwide.

  • LIFESTYLE

    See the fireballs

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 11/10/2018

    » Every year when Buddhist Lent ends on the first Full Moon night of October, a colourful phenomenon known as the Naga Fireballs takes place on the Mekong River in the northeastern province of Nong Khai.

  • TRAVEL

    Flowering of a village

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 11/09/2014

    » A ton dok mai, which literally translates as flower tree, is finally planted at the temple grounds of Wat Sirimongkol, in the village of Ban Ahee in Loei.

  • TRAVEL

    Ignore the government hype

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 05/04/2018

    » The Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat recently visited Ratchaburi to promote universal tourism. As part of his trip, he and those who travelled with wheelchairs stopped by Talat Nam Lak Ha (Lak Ha Floating Market) in Ratchaburi's Damnoen Saduak district.

  • NEWS

    Thailand's cotton belt

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 11/01/2018

    » Ban Nong Ngueak is part of the Yong ethnic community in Lamphun's Pa Sang district. It has been known as a source of fine quality cotton woven fabrics in the northern province. A couple of years ago, the community was promoted by tourism authorities as a creative tourism destination. But when I went, the village was quiet. There was no sign of tourists nor a tourist guide map.

  • TRAVEL

    National parks closure

    Life, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 31/05/2018

    » The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has announced the temporary closure of attractions in a number of national parks during the rainy season.

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