Category Archives: Thai Culture

Songkran in Phuket

The Songkran festival highlights some of the nicest things about Thai culture. It is a time for sanuk (fun) and family – two things that are of supreme importance to people in this part of the world. When foreign visitors experience their first Songkran in Thailand, they usually have no problem joining in the spirit […]

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Popular Thai Amulets

Foreign visitors are allowed to buy amulets in Phuket and take these items home with them. There are many different types of amulet to choose from, and there is a certain ritual involved in purchasing this item. It the accompanying post (Introduction to Thai Amulets) there was a general introduction to this talisman given, and […]

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Introuduction to Thai Amulets

Visitors to Phuket may notice that many Thai people wear amulets around their neck – this is something that Thai men in particular like to do. This type of talisman is extremely popular in Thailand because these items are believed to provide good luck and protect the owner from harm. Amulets can range in price […]

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Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand and foreigners have been coming here for hundreds of years. Europeans first came to this island in search of precious metals, but in recent decades westerners are coming because of the climate, natural beauty, and wonderful culture. There is nowhere else in Thailand that […]

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Makha Bucha Thailand Festival

Magha Puja (มาฆบูชา) (Makha Bucha) is an important Buddhist religious festival, celebrated in Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Magha is a Pali and Sanskrit word meaning the third lunar month, and Puja is a word in the same language that means to venerate or honor. It is pronounced in Thai as Makha Bucha. It is held […]

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Where to Watch Muay Thai in Phuket

Muay Thai as the Art of Eight Limbs Muay Thai is one of the top internationally known combat sports. It is sometimes referred to as the art of eight limbs because combatants can use their fists, feet, knees, and elbows. Before modern rule introductions, it was nine limbs as the head was also used as […]

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The Thai Lottery in Phuket

Visitors and the Thai Lottery in Phuket Visitors to Phuket are likely to see vendors who walking around with large boards hanging from their body. These boards contain lottery tickets and buying these is a hugely popular pastime in Thailand – just like it is in many other countries around the world. For the Thai […]

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Kathu Carnival 2012

Background on the Kathu Carnival The Kathu Carnival is a relatively new addition to the festival calendar in Phuket. 2012 is just the fourth year that the event has taken place. The purpose of the carnival is to celebrate the culture of the island. The focus is on local food and local traditions – it […]

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Wisaka Bucha – Thai Holiday 2012

Wisaka Bucha is on Monday, June 4th, 2012. This is a national holiday and banks and government offices are closed. Temple schools may hold half-day celebrations and have the children march in a parade to various Buddhist temples and shrines in the nearby neighborhood. Most other schools will be closed for the day. This holiday […]

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Learn Thai in Phuket

Thai Language Visitors to Phuket will usually find that they have no problem surviving in the English language. Most of the locals who have any dealings with foreigners will at least be able to speak some English. There is no urgent need for visitors to Phuket to learn Thai, but it is something that is […]

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