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Loy Krathong & Yi Peng: Thailand's Festival of Light

понедельник, 2 сентября 2013 г. 20:43:42 Europe/London

Girl with float at Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong is probably the one time in the year when Thailand looks even more beautiful by night than it does during the day. If you're looking for a true cultural experience you'll remember forever, you'll be sure to find it in this traditional festival of hope, colour and light.

This annual celebration gets its name from the intricate little decorations or ornaments that are traditionally lit and floated on the rivers across Thailand on this night. A krathong is a lotus shaped construction traditionally made from a slice of banana truck and elaborately folded banana leaves, adorned with brightly coloured flowers, which the locals fill with tiny offerings such as candles, incense and coins...

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Muay Thai Kickboxing: Thailand's Martial Art of 8 Limbs

среда, 1 мая 2013 г. 16:58:29 Europe/London

Muay Thai Championship Boxing fight

Muay Thai is Thailand's national sport and taken extremely seriously. Widely considered to be the world's most dangerous martial art, Muay Thai kickboxing is a superb showcase of speed, strength and technical ability. The Thai boxers you see in the ring put on a real fights for you to see just how brutal and beautiful this sport is.

Muay Thai Wai khru ram muay pre fight ritual

Muay Thai is a combat sport from Thailand that uses stand-up striking along with various clinching techniques. It is similar to other Indochinese kickboxing systems, namely Pradal Serey from Cambodia, Tomoi from Malaysia, Lethwei from Myanmar and Muay Lao from Laos. Descended from Muay Boran, Muay Thai is Thailand's national sport.

Muay Thai boxing match

The word "muay" derives from the ...

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Koh Samui Weddings: Making Memories that Last Forever

среда, 24 апреля 2013 г. 14:11:02 Europe/London

Koh Samui beach wedding just married newly weds

The romance of Koh Samui weddings is very real and quite amazing. For many reasons, this wondrous tropical island draws ever more couples, to begin their lives together or to renew their vows. Getting married on a lovely paradise isle will be more than memorable, it'll be transcendent.

As more people are discovering, most Koh Samui is a great place to get married.  Weddings are tailored entirely to your own personal tastes but with base packages guiding you to what is possible and what will be remembered for a lifetime.  Since each couple is totally unique, a marriage should be made special for each guest of the affair - and most importantly, for the bride and groom. That’s why many couples h...

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Mummified Monk: Koh Samui's Spiritual Attraction

пятница, 12 апреля 2013 г. 16:53:57 Europe/London

Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram in Koh Samui

Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk at Wat Khunaram is an unusual sight yet it offers a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture.

The monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position, and ever since his body has been on display in an upright glass case at the temple. Remarkably, even more than 30 years on the monk’s body shows little sign of decay. For some visitors, having a dead man in full view might be a shocking sight, but for Thais it is something to reflect upon and revere.

Far from being frightened by death, most Buddhist Thais are highly accepting of the end of life as the natural order of things and they view death as an opportunity to be reborn into a better place, one s...

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Big Buddha - Koh Samui's Famous Landmark at Wat Phra Yai

суббота, 30 марта 2013 г. 16:37:05 Europe/London

Big Buddha Koh Samui

See Big Buddha, Koh Samui's most famous landmark; a beautiful 12m gold buddha statue in the grounds of Wat Phra Yai temple. Situated on the small island of Koh Fan off the north east coast of Koh Samui, the statue is large enough that it is visible from several kilometers away and aby flights arriving to the island.

Wat Phra Yai on Koh Fan is accessible via the short connecting road built over to the island from Koh Samui. Inside Big Buddha's temple, there are many different shrines and other smaller ornate Buddhas. Surrounding the temple are various market stalls and shops selling a wide range of souvenirs and gifts, as well as several bars and restaurants.

Big Buddha in Koh Samui

The Big Buddha sits in the Mara pos...

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