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Nov 29, 2020

Phuket News came to us

By accident  Baz Daniel journalist from Phuket news  was find my jungle yoga sala in middle of remote place in Khaosok  village by surprise  ! 

He wrote 

I came upon another piece of wild serendipity in the shapely form of a lovely Thai yogi named Rossi Rossukol. Her magical yoga studio sits perched among the abundant trees commanding the most stunning views from her open-sided yoga sala. Here Rossi will take you through relaxing asanas, Pranayama breathing and deep meditations in surroundings that are literally transcendent!

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Songkran waterfestival

If you ask me which Thai festival you as a tourist should experience at least once then I will answer Songkran..  Songkran  is both culture and a cool experience. This is the  day we Thais  celebrate Buddhist New Year.

Songkran is a big family holiday and it is as important in Thailand as Christmas is in Norway. The school in Thailand has summer holidays from mid-March to mid-May, and under  Songkran  the adults have time off from work for several days (minimum 3 days, but a few years up to 5 days). This year,  Songkran lasted from April 12 to 16. Mostly, people return to their homes to be with their family.

Culture and Buddhist ceremony

The day starts with a Buddhist ceremony taking place in several places around the communities. People bring food as offerings to the monks, and they pray for us. Some temples put Buddha statues on the street so people can pour water on them to clean the statues. The goal of the Buddhist ceremony is to get a good and happy start to the New Year. If you have a Buddha statue at home, this is the day you give it a proper cleaning, as well as clean up the sacrificial shelf in front of the statue. We also show respect to the elderly by pouring some water into their hands and then they give us some nice words back.

Party, celebration and water war

Big smiles, laughter and happy people everywhere are the hallmarks of Songkran. We  Thais  know how to party and have fun! In Thailand, this day is celebrated with large street parades, foam parties and various cultural experiences. There’s a full party in all the streets!

One of the funniest things is sitting in the back of a pickup truck and throwing water at anyone who drives by. Most people equip their pickup trucks with water tanks so you have enough water to splash water on people all day. What’s certain is that you’re going to get wet from head to toe and nobody gets mad even if you squirt on them.

How long does the party last?

It depends on where you are in Thailand.

In northern Thailand (+ Pattaya) you celebrate anywhere from 5 to 10 days while in other parts of Thailand you only celebrate for 2 days, or only on songkran itself which is April 13th.

So if  you are in Thailand at this time you must not be surprised if you are suddenly splashed down with water by wild strangers. As a rule, it is only appreciated and cooling in April because it is the warmest month in Thailand, and the temperature often reaches 40 degrees.

Wet T-shirt contest?

This is the day most Thai men look forward to. Thousands of Thai girls  and tourists wear wet T-shirts throughout the day. In Thai culture, body contact such as hugging or kissing on the cheek is not common when meeting strangers, but on this day it is tradition that the boys smear white powder on the faces of the girls they meet and some of them are so naughty that they don’t just settle on their faces.

In order to avoid the desperate men at Songkran, it is important not to wear revealling clothes.

You should wear colourful clothes that do not show too much skin, and it smart to check if the clothes become transparent when they get wet.

Some good advice when celebrating Songkran

  • Bring a waterproof camera
  • Waterproof bag for mobile phone and money.
  • Sunglasses to protect you from sun and water.
  • Dress in colorful clothes. Prefer not to wear white or see-through clothing.
  • Get out on the street, get your own water gun and find the nearest place to fill water.
  • Do not use ice-cold water or get rid of ice cubes. Don’t shoot people in the eyes.
  • Do not throw water on the police, monks, infants or old people.
  • Songkran is known to be the time when most traffic accidents occur in Thailand. So do not drive a moped or any other vehicle after drinking alcohol.

Map over Thailand

Thailand is divided into 75 provinces (so-called  changwat),which in turn are divided into 5 provincial groups according to where they are located. There are also two districts with special government:

  • The capital Bangkok (Krung  Thep  Maha  Nakhon)
  • Pattaya, of which Bangkok is at the provincial level, and therefore often being counted as a 76th province

Each province is divided into districts, and the districts are again divided into subdistricts (tambon). The provinces are named after the provincial capital, so the name of each of the provincial capitals ,  mueang, is the same as the province’s; for example, the capitalof the province of Chiang Mai(changwat  Chiang Mai)  is Mueang  Chiang Mai or Chiang Mai.

Source wikipedia

Wikipedia page with all districts in Thailand

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Thailand’s largest animal parks

Visit two of Thailand’s largest zoos, Safari World and Marine Park! Both zoos have a large selection of Asian and African animals, and here the children will surely thrive. This is an experience that is both fun and educational for young and old. 

Safari world

Bangkok Zoo is known for Thailand’s best animal and leisure park offering experiences for everyone. At the zoo in Bangkok, many of the animals walk freely around fenced areas, and you will see the animals up close as you drive through the park in your own car. The zoo in Bangkok has a diversity of animals, including several endangered animal species such as tigers, lions and bears. If you are in the park at a special time you can watch when the animals are fed.

 

This is a park with many animal species that depend on a maritime environment. The park also has different performances with the animals, and there are shows with dolphins, birds, seals, elephants and orangutans. An experience for those of you who will both be entertained and at the same time learn something new.

 

Here you can visit a rich maritime area with animals of many categories depending on such an environment. Furthermore, you can experience 6 incredible performances performed by stuntmen and sea creatures such as dolphins, killer whales and seals. An oasis for animals and visitors.

Thailand’s largest crocodile farm

Crocodiles are both terrifying and fascinating animals. When we look at crocodiles in Thailand we head to Thailand’s largest crocodile farm, Samutprakarn  crocodile farm and zoo.

 

The crocodile farm is half an hour’s drive from Bangkok and has more than 100,000 crocodiles, ranging from small babies to huge monsters.  Samutprakarn  Crocodile Farm and Zoo was founded in 1950 to protect crocodiles in Thailand from extinction. The farm is also dedicated to research.

The crocodile farm has its own show that we will of course get with us. Here you will see, among other things, how an unarmed man can survive in a pit full of crocodiles!

Institute of snakes in Thailand

Did you know that snakes are more afraid of you than you are of them? Useful to know if you first encounter a snake.


Snake Institute in Thailand
 – The Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, has existed since 1912 and was established in its time as a research institute for rabies vaccine. Today, the Institute’s foremost task is to research antidotes, but it has also become a major tourist attraction.

Every day at the large open arena, demonstrations of both poison extraction and proper handling of the hoses are given. Here knowledge is combined with entertainment.

Snakes in Thailand

The institute has its own exhibition area with 35 different living snake species. In addition, there is a museum where you can learn all about snake evolution, anatomy, reproduction, life cycle and toxicology. Here is also information on what kind of first aid should be used if one is so unlucky to be bitten by a snake.

Institute of snakes in Thailand

Did you know that snakes are more afraid of you than you are of them? Useful to know if you first encounter a snake.


Snake Institute in Thailand
 – The Queen Saovabha Memorial Institute, has existed since 1912 and was established in its time as a research institute for rabies vaccine. Today, the Institute’s foremost task is to research antidotes, but it has also become a major tourist attraction.

Every day at the large open arena, demonstrations of both poison extraction and proper handling of the hoses are given. Here knowledge is combined with entertainment.

Snakes in Thailand

The institute has its own exhibition area with 35 different living snake species. In addition, there is a museum where you can learn all about snake evolution, anatomy, reproduction, life cycle and toxicology. Here is also information on what kind of first aid should be used if one is so unlucky to be bitten by a snake.