Thailand Discovery The Walking Dead

Thailand Discovery The Walking Dead

Author: Josh@asiabackpackers

Festival of Offerings to the Dead (Sart Day) วันสาทรไทย

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When: Annually around the 1st waning-moon night to the 15th waning-moon night in the 10th Lunar month

Where: Across the Kingdom

 

Thailand Discovery The Walking Dead

‘Preta’ also known as Praet and Peta

Thailand Discovery The Walking Dead. While not widely known out-side of Thailand and it is at times confused with the more famous Chinese ‘Hungry Ghost Festival’  (known to Thai’s as the Por Tor Festival), this purely Thai occasion is celebrated across the Kingdom but is known by different names in the differing regions. It is sometimes mistakenly thought to be the start of the ‘Vegetarian Festival’ that also occurs around the same time in the Thai lunar calendar. (Both festivals coincide with the period when farms produce their best crops)

Influences from Hinduism

In eons past, this time of year was called simply the ‘First Planting’ or ‘First Rice’, later local Beliefs across the Kingdom were infused with the Hindu religion and the event took on a part of the Hinduism tradition of the  ‘Pali’Sarada Merit Making ceremony (‘sarada’, meaning “autumn season”) in which a rice pudding called Kheer is offered to Ganesha the elephant god.

It is at this time of the year when crops are at their most bountiful, that the local people believe that the spirits of their ancestors return to this world to feast with their living relatives. These spirits are only allowed to meet their relatives for 15 days and must return to from where they came before sunrise of the 15th day.

 

Southern Thailand

In the South of Thailand the festival is known as งานบุญเดือนสิบ (ngan boon duan sib) also called ประเพณีสารทเดือนสิบ (bra pae nee sat duan sib) or Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month (ประเพณีเทศกาลเดือนสิบ). In the North the name of the festival is ประเพณีตานก๋วยสลาก (bra pae nee da guay sla). In Isaan it is called การทำบุญแจกข้าว (gan tam boon jag khao), the Isaan festival should not be confused with Phi Ta Khon (also spelled Pee Ta Khon ผีตาโขน), the most common name for the festival held in Dan Sai, Loei province Northeast Thailand, where people where colourfuly painted masks and takes place over three days some-time between June and July, the dates being selected annually by the town’s mediums (see picture left).

 

Thailand Discovery The Walking Dead

Phi Ta Khon Festival

While in Central Thailand, it is not a specific celebration as in the other parts of Thailand and does not have a different name, and in turn is not that commonly celebrated, it is simply known as Sart Day. It is possibly the combination of this jumble of names and the confusion with both the Chinese celebration,  Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month and that of Phi Ta Khon that makes this purely Thai festival little known to non-Thai’s.

 

Traditionally it is a time for families to come together and visit their local temple to give offerings to their deceased relatives and to other deceased people to whom they are not related. Thai people have a strong belief in ghosts and the spirit world, especially in ‘Preta’ also known as Praet and Peta, (see picture above)  these are giant ghosts with small mouths who are always hungry.

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The offerings are special food each of which have a special individual meaning, the first is Phong, representing a vehicle that will take the spirits to heaven. The second is La, as clothing for the dead, thirdly is Kong as an accessory. Fourth is Di Sam, which is believed to be used as money by the dead. Then there is Ba given as a tool for playing Songkran, there is a belief among the older people that one should also add La Loy, to act as both a bed and pillow. The majority of these are dried food snacks and therefore can be kept for a long time.

Thailand Discovery The Walking Dead

Thailand Discovery The Walking Dead. Other dishes that are commonly seen during the Sart rite differ across each part of Thailand. However, the basic ones must be made from rice. The major food is called “Krayasart” prepared from sticky rice, bean, sugar and sesame which is cooked into a paste and then wrapped in a banana leaf. Others are Kao Pong, Kanom La, Kanom Kong, Kanom D-sum, and Kanom Ba. The food is brought to the Buddhist temple to be offered to the monks. The rite being complete when libation water is poured as the monks chant the Dedication of the Transference of Merit to benefit all spirits, and the deceased relatives who are still in the realm of the living. It is believed that all the spirits should be given sufficient food and water, to fulfill their needs during their transition, and that the merit assists them to move toward favorable rebirth.

 

While Thailand has very close historical links with China and there are similarities to the Chinese Hungry Ghost festival (similar in the way food is offered to the deceased relatives and other dead), this is not a Chinese festival, but a regional Thai festival. Celebrations are bigger in the South, especially in Nakhon Si Thammarat, where they have their own Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month (ประเพณีเทศกาลเดือนสิบ), with most of the festivities taking place on the 14th and 15th days of the waning of the 10th lunar month.

 

It is here in the South that there are various parades, fairs, cultural shows and other activities. It is also here that there are subtle differences on how the food and snacks are offered to the Pret’s (commonly known as the Ching Pret ceremony), in many of the southern provinces the food is placed on very tall posts to enable the ghosts to get to eat. After the ceremony is over, children and the poor are allowed to rush and grab the food.

 

As is very common in the Kingdom where there is such a diversity in culture, beliefs and ethnicity, there are many similarities in the festivals that are held across its shores, one thing they all do have in common is the warmth of the people and their desire to enjoy themselves during these events.

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Thailand Info Thailands Culture

Thailand Info Thailands Culture

Author: Terry@island Info Koh Samui

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CULTURE

Culture – Thai Wai
Thailand Info Thailand’s Culture. The Wai is the common form of greeting and adheres to strict rules of historical protocol. However in recent times, especially in tourist areas, Thai people have become very forgiving if the Wai is not performed correctly. They appreciate the fact that you have made an attempt to be polite and that you are respectful of their culture.

Thailand Info Thailands Culture 

Thailand Info Thailands Culture

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  • Raising both hands, palms joined with the fingers pointing upwards as if in prayer, lightly touching the body somewhere between the chest and the forehead, is the standard form when doing a Thai Wai
  • The Wai is both a sign of respect as well as a greeting. Respect and courtesy are demonstrated by the height at which the hands are held and how low the head comes down to meet the thumbs of both hands
  • The Wai may be made while sitting, walking, or standing
  • The person who is junior in age or status is the first one to offer the Wai
  • The senior person returns the Wai, generally with their hands raised to somewhere around their chest
  • If a junior person is standing and wants to Wai a senior person who is seated, the junior person will stoop or bow their head while making the Wai
  • If there is a great social distance between two people, the Wai will not be returned

Thailand Info Thailands Culture

Thailand Info Thailands Culture

Culture – Hierarchical Society. Thailand Info Thailand’s Culture
Thais respect hierarchical relationships.

  • Social relationships are defined as one person being superior to the other
  • Parents are superior to their children, teachers to their students, and bosses to their subordinates
  • When Thais meet a stranger, they will immediately try to place you at some level in the hierarchy so they know how you should be treated
  • This is often done by asking what might be seen as very personal questions, when initially introduced, in other cultures
  • Status can be determined by clothing and general appearance, age, job, education, family name, and social connections

Culture – Thai Family Values
The family is the cornerstone of Thai society.

  • Thai family life is often more closely knit than in western cultures
  • The Thai family is a form of hierarchy with the eldest, either the grand-parents or parents at the top
  • Children are taught to honour their parents and elders

Culture – Thai Demeanour
Thais place great emphasis and value on outward forms of courtesy such as politeness, respect, genial demeanour and self-control in order to maintain harmonious relations.

  • Many of the Thai rules of etiquette are directly influenced by Buddhist religion
  • Thailand is generally a non-confrontational society, in which public dispute or criticism is to be avoided at all costs
  • To be openly angry with someone might attract the wrath of the spirits, which in turn can cause violence and tragedy
  • Openly criticizing a person is a form of violence as it hurts the person and is viewed as a conscious attempt to offend the person being rebuked
  • Loss of face is a disgrace to a Thai so they try to avoid confrontations and look for compromises in difficult situations
  • If two parties disagree, one will need to have an outlet to retreat without losing face

Culture – Dining Etiquette
If you are invited to a Thai person’s house:

  • Arrive close to the agreed time, although being a few minutes late will not cause offence
  • Before entering the house, check to see if the host is wearing shoes. If not, remove yours before entering
  • Some occassions are more formal than others, if possible, ask another guest to confirm the dress code
  • Step over the threshold of the house, rather than on it. This is an older custom that is not always adhered to, but erring on the side of conservatism is always a good idea

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Culture – Table Manners
A spoon and fork are the eating utensils for all meals except when noodles served, when you will be given chopsticks.

  • Normally, the spoon is held in the right hand and the fork is used to guide food on to the spoon. Sticky rice, a northern Thai delicacy, is often eaten with the fingers of the right hand
  • Most meals are served as buffets, you will eat off a smaller flat plate with larger food bowls in the centre of the table family-style for sharing
  • You may begin eating as soon as the food is served. On occasions the host may place the first portion on your plate as a gesture or invitation for you to commence eating
  • Leave a little food on your plate after you have eaten to show that you are full. Finishing everything indicates that you are still hungry, and may offend the host, if the bowls are empty
  • Never leave rice on your plate as it is considered wasteful. The words for food and rice, Khao, are the same. Rice can be, and often is, served at every meal throughout the day
  • Wait to be asked before taking a second helping
  • It is polite to always leave some food in the serving bowl for others. Only take the last food if you are asked
  • As tempting as it may be, do not lick your fingers

Thailand Info Thailands Culture

Thailand Info Thailands Culture

The forgiving, non-confrontational and respectful Thai culture influenced by decades of Buddhist beliefs have made Thailand and its people possibly the most accepting and courteous civilization in the world.

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Thailand Info Top 5 bugs you should eat in Thailand

Thailand Info Top 5 bugs you should eat in Thailand

 

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Thailand Info Top 5 bugs you should eat in Thailand

BERLIN, GERMANY – MAY 07: In this photo illustration a young girl pretends to eat a locust seasoned with chili and bouhgt at a store selling insects for human consumption on May 7, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. An increasing numbers of advocates worldwide are promoting insects as a viable source of food for humans, citing the high protein value, abundance and low cost. (Photo Illustration by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

 

Thailand Info Top 5 bugs you should eat in Thailand. It might seem a little strange and even disgusting to eat insects but in Thailand it’s quite common. Thai locals eat bugs like Americans eat corn chips. They can be a great snack when on the go.

A lot of the time, insects can be found on carts lined along tourist streets. Many foreigners don’t find the idea of eating them appealing, but they’ll still try them none the less, just to have a story to tell back home.

Here is a list of the top 5 insects you should try:

  1. Scorpions

Eating scorpions might seem dangerous and insane and that’s precisely why you should try them. You probably won’t get sick from eating them, but be warned, they’re extremely hard and not very tasty.

  1. Spiders

An arachnid you should try, simply because a friend dares you. Spiders are scary enough when alive, putting a dead one in your mouth is truly an exhilarating experience.

  1. Crickets

Fried crickets are surprisingly tasty, especially when sprayed with flavor additives. A good alternative to corn chips.

  1. Silk worms

They’re not only good for making durable, fashionable clothing, they’re also good as a delicious snack.

  1. Grasshoppers

Much like crickets, grasshoppers make a great little snack. Buy a bag of them and munch away.

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Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand

Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand. Thailand has a diversity of theme parks that are entertaining not only to children but adults as well.

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Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand

Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand

Author: Pen Drageon

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Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand
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Thailand has a diversity of theme parks that are entertaining not only to children but adults as well. While I find that writing about theme parks is a very standard affair but there are a few items in each theme park that is still worthy of highlighting which is entertaining yet interesting. Consider the following Top 5 theme parks in Thailand based on my opinion and the highlights of each park:

Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand

  1. Safari World and Open Zoo, Bangkok. Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand

Though Safari World Bangkok is more of a zoo and aquarium, they do have a few rides to amuse adults and children alike. There are also several animal shows that are very exciting and a few small museums within the park for an egg hatchery and reptile section. However, the real gem of Safari Park is the Open Zoo concept where the animals are not kept in individual cages. All the animals roam free in a savannah like environment with the only defence for prey to be kept away from the predators is an electric fence. The lions, tigers and bears have full view of their natural prey such as the gazelles and other wildebeest. Humans are kept safe in the confines of their cars or buses and not allowed to step out while driving through the vicinity. You can find animals running alongside your car or grazing in the open right next to you! There are very few open zoos outside of Africa but you can experience an open zoo in Thailand right here in Bangkok.

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  1. Cartoon Network Amazone theme park, Pattaya.Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand

A theme park owned by the Cartoon Network franchise, Cartoon Network Amazone is a theme park in Pattaya and one of the mostpopular waterparks in Pattaya at the moment. Boasting an impressive collection of extreme water slides, this place is for thrill seekers who love heights, speed and water all rolled into one. You can also find some of your favourite cartoon characters here such asBen 10 and the Powder Puff Girls to take some great personal pictures. This theme park also boasts the world’s largest aqua parkfor water fun. The heart stopping Ben 10 water ride here is the XLR8-TOR which has an 18 meter vertical drop before accelerating at top speeds and ending up in a huge splash pool. This ride is not meant for the faint hearted but if you love a combination of free fall and speed, this is the extreme waterslide ride for you!

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  1. Rama Yana water park, Pattaya. Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand

The Rama Yana Waterpark was recently opened in Pattaya and is thelargest water park in South East Asia. It has 22 different rides of which four are unique only to Rama Yana waterpark. This theme park has thought of everything from thrill seekers to kids and those who are not into waterparks. There is even a floating market within the park to amuse waiting parents and friends, a river walk for relaxation and an island by the river for those who want some peace to enjoy the scenery. However, the ride that is of interest here is theAqualoop. This water slide has a remarkable 360 degree loop, which means you have to reach an unbelievable top speed to make this loop, giving you all the elements of driving in a F1 car and experiencing the pull of gravity as you defy the pull to complete the loop. A truly remarkable experience which will have you going for round two.

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  1. Scenical World theme park, Khaoyai. Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand

The Scenical World theme park in Khaoyai is a truly unique theme park as it combines the great outdoors of Khaoyai among the mountains of the province while providing fun for the whole family. This theme park is a combination of a wet park and a dry park, so visitors here have the option to select either of the parks or both for better discounts. The beauty of the Khaoyai Mountains in the background and depending on the time of the year that you visit will provide different climates for your fun and excitement. During the summer months of March till August it is mostly hot and a great time to make use of the water park and in the months of November till February it is the cooler months where temperatures can drop to about 19 degrees Celsius, making it a great time to play in the dry park and if you do not mind the slightly cooler waters to play in the wet park. Scenical World theme park has one of the longest water slides in Thailand which snakes through the greenery providing you with a magnificent view of the Khaoyai landscape. There is also theHuman Ball for you to play with which enables you to roll down a green slope on the inside of a huge ball. This is fun as you roll and bounce about in the huge ball in relevant safety from any injuries. However the speciality of this park is not just all the rides and fun activities but mostly the great view and mountain air as this area has a world record for the cleanest air in Thailand.

Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand
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  1. Siam Park City, Bangkok. Thailand Info Top 5 best theme parks in Thailand

While there are many other theme parks in Bangkok and some of them newly opened such as Dinosaur Planet, Siam Park City theme park still stands out as one of the better theme parks for rides and entertainment in the city. Entrance ticket pricing makes it an affordable attraction for the whole family and with 5 different zones to play in which includes a water park and family park, it still remains the most popular theme park in Bangkok for foreigners and Thais alike. The actual highlight of this theme park is the ticket pricing which includes all rides in the price of the entrance ticket and can keep the whole family entertained for a whole day. Therefore, Siam Park City is one of the best price theme parks in Bangkok for family entertainment. There are also more than 40 over combinations of rides and games for children and adults to amuse everyone alike.

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