Cultural differences – what not to wear to a temple

I’m actually not sure whether this falls under cultural differences or just under common understanding. In any way, the Thai news was filled lately with people dressing inappropriately while visiting a temple. The last one dated back to August, when a tourist visited a temple here in Phuket in a see-through dress. She most probably just walked off the beach and thought she would be able to go to the into the temple dressed like she did. However, after photos appeared on Social media, she was invited to the police station to get a lesson on Thai culture, and she had to apologise for her actions.


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Not such a happy Thai Mother’s Day

Last week I wanted to write about Mother’s Day in Thailand – I had a whole post ready. It’s a nice day, as it’s actually the Queen’s Birthday, which is made into a celebration for all mothers in the country {the same is done on the King’s Birthday}. It’s a national holiday, for which everyone gets a day off. There are special ceremonies around the country in which Mom’s are celebrated and given flowers by their kids.

However this year it was a bit different. The day before mother’s day, several bombs went off in Hua Hin – placed around the resort town. 2 people were killed and 20 people were injured, tourists and locals alike. The bombs were big news around Thailand, however, as it was all the way in Hua Hin, I didn’t think there was an immediate threat. In the course of the three years we’ve been living here there had been plenty of bombs going off around Thailand, but it never affected us.

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Phuket Picks – Trick Eye Museum

It is the rainy season in Phuket, so it’s not possible to go to the beach, with all the rain, undercurrents and the Portuguese Man o’ War in the water. So what better way to enjoy Phuket then to go around the island and visit a museum like the Trick Eye Museum? We had a fun afternoon there the other day.

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Buddhist Lent Day


Yesterday we celebrated Asalha Bucha Day here in Thailand. This is one of the most important Buddhist Holidays, celebrating the Buddha’s first teaching over 2,500 years ago in India. What started as a sermon for only 5 believers has turned into a worldwide celebration with almost 400 million followers!

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But that’s not the only holiday we’re celebrating this week, as today is Buddhist Lent Day, which marks the start of the three-month Buddhist Lent period. For this three-month period, monks retreat to temples for the rainy season, and the farmers are planting their rice crops. Continue reading

Rainy Season in Phuket

It was only last month that I wrote about the weather in Phuket. It was so incredibly hot here, that I hardly left the home. And if I did had to leave, I made sure I was quickly getting into my air-conditioned car, driving to an air-conditioned location. This went on until mid-May, and I really was waiting for the rain to start falling down.

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