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|Story posted by Gilles Alter Ego on November 30, 2014 at 12:36:10 :: Culture & History|
Most guidebooks praise Thailand for never been colonized. But has that really been to the country's advantage? Perhaps Thailand would have benefited from a system of education, law and order that a colonizer would leave behind, as well as better trade routes and perhaps clearer borders and a larger land area.
➜ Continue reading "Thailand and its Lack of Colonialism"
|Story posted by Admin Locator on September 12, 2014 at 07:23:29 :: Culture & History|
Corrado Feroci (1892-1963) was born in the artistic heart of Italy, in Florence, in a merchant family. Instead of going into commerce, he devoted his entire life to art. After becoming accomplished in sculpture at the age of 23 already, he was assigned by the Italian government to work as a sculptor in Thailand. Hence started his life and career in Thailand, that would make him the leading Father of all Modern Art in Thailand, even until today.➜ Continue reading "Silpa Bhirasri: How an Italian became Father of Modern Art in Thailand"
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|Story posted by Admin Locator on December 09, 2013 at 11:12:23 :: Culture & History|
With the current political unrest in Thailand and both parties accusing one another of being unconstitutional, the Constitution appears to be a hot item in topicality.
Constitution Day commemorates the first 'permanent' Constitution of Thailand that was implemented on December 10, 1932. Since its birth, it has been amended many times: officially one counts the present one as the 18th amended Constitution.
In a way, it reflects the political instability of the country during all these years. Many amendments / Charters to the Constitution were made after a military coup and the latest Constitution has been effective since the 2007 military coup.
|Story posted by Admin Locator on November 28, 2013 at 18:24:33 :: Culture & History|
December 5 in Thailand is H.M. the King’s Birthday. It is also Thailand’s National Day as well as Father’s Day. (Unlike in many other countries, Father’s Day in Thailand is not on the 3rd Sunday of June, but on the birthday of the King).
This year, the King will become 86 years old and he is the world’s longest serving head-of-state in position now: 67 years.➜ Continue reading "The King’s Birthday & Father's Day"
|Story posted by Admin Locator on November 26, 2013 at 05:34:40 :: Culture & History|
November 20th in Thailand is designated to the Royal Thai Navy. It's not an official holiday and there aren't any celebrations, but just last weekend the navy rescued 157 tourists that were stuck on Koh Racha and the Similan islands, south of Phuket, due to bad weather, so obviously we can't do without it. Tour operators decided to head out despite the bad weather and put the lives of their passengers at risk.➜ Continue reading "Rescued by the Thai Navy"
|Story posted by Admin Locator on November 11, 2013 at 07:29:57 :: Culture & History|
|Story posted by Admin Locator on October 22, 2013 at 07:27:14 :: Culture & History|
October 23 is Chulalongkorn Day, which commemorates the Great King Chulalongkorn, who lived from 1853 to 1910 and died on October 23. Also known as Rama V (the present king is Rama IX) or Phra Piya Maharat (พระปิยมหาราช), which means ‘the Great Beloved King’, Chulalongkorn is accredited for saving Thailand as it is now from the threats of colonialism as well as for many reforms.➜ Continue reading "Chulalongkorn Day"
|Story posted by Admin Locator on October 19, 2013 at 06:59:35 :: Culture & History|
Today* is ‘Wan Ok Pansa’ (วันออกพรรษา), which marks the end of the Buddhist Lent, a period of three months of retreat in the temples for the monks.
Some also call this day Mahapavarana day. 'Pavarana' means permit, denoting that it is now allowed for monks to admonish each other.
|Story posted by KAMVADEE CHALIAEW on September 12, 2013 at 06:29:40 :: Culture & History|
A-ngoon Preaw (องุ่นเปรี้ยว) or Sour Grapes is a popular expression among Thai. This expression came from an Esop's Fable name "The Fox and The Grapes". A-ngoon Preaw in Thai society is used when someone looks down, disdanes, hates or depreciates something that they cannot do, do not or cannot have.
➜ Continue reading "A-ngoon Preaw (Sour Grapes)"
|Story posted by KAMVADEE CHALIAEW on August 31, 2013 at 06:34:41 :: Culture & History|
1st of September is Seub Nakhasathian Memorial Day.
He was a project leader for wildlife evacuation in the Chiew Larn Dam project in 1986, where he tried to evacuate animals from an area over 100,000 acres (400 km2) with a budget of only 800,000 baht. He managed to save hundreds of animals but he was aware that many more were unable to escape and died. This experience, that he saw as a failure of the Chiew Larn project, and having seen many people trying to invade the forest, led him to protest against further logging and dam construction projects.➜ Continue reading "Seub Nakhasathien Memorial Day"
|Story posted by KAMVADEE CHALIAEW on August 09, 2013 at 06:36:38 :: Culture & History|
Her Majesty the Queen or Queen Sirikit was born on 12th August 1932.
She regularly accompanied King Bhumibol on his journeys to rural villages to inspect the condition of the people and helped to devise royal development projects to improve their lives. She is particularly known for her work in public health. She is the honorary Chair person of the Thai Red Cross Society. She is recognised internationally for her work with charity organizations. One of the most prominent projects Queen Sirikit initiated is the Foundation of the Promotion of Supplementary Occupations and Related Techniques of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit of Thailand (SUPPORT Foundation), which helps poor farmers and their families develop their skills in traditional arts and crafts into supplementary occupations.➜ Continue reading "Mother's Day and the Queen's birthday"
|Story posted by KAMVADEE CHALIAEW on August 07, 2013 at 06:38:52 :: Culture & History|
Every 7th of August in Thailand is Rapee Day.
Rapee is the name of his Royal Highness Prince Rapee Pattanasak who is the father of Thailand's modern legal system. Prince Rapee was a royal son of King Rama V.➜ Continue reading "Rapee Day"
|Story posted by KAMVADEE CHALIAEW on July 19, 2013 at 06:45:03 :: Culture & History|
Buddhist Lent day or ‘Wan Khao Phansa’ marks the start of the Buddhist Lent. 'Phansa' means rainy season, so it is also the unofficial start of the rainy season. During the Buddhist Lent, monks retreat in the temples for meditation, prayer and study. The origins of the Buddhist Lent trace back to the time of the Buddha.➜ Continue reading "Buddhist Lent day or Wan Khao Phansa"
|Story posted by Admin Locator on July 03, 2013 at 07:48:57 :: Culture & History|
Asalha Puja Day or Asarnha Bucha Day or Dhamma Day is on the full moon day of the 8th lunar month (approximately July). “Asalha Puja” means to pay homage to the Buddha. On this day, Thai people commemmorate that the Buddha started teaching, after attaining Enlightenment.
Thailand is the first and only Buddhist country to recognize the importance of this day as a sacred national holiday. Thai people will go to temple listening to sermons and join a candle procession around the temple in the evening. You can join, and if you have Thai friends, they may invite you to join.➜ Continue reading "Asalha Puja Day and the Teachings of the Buddha"
|Story posted by KAMVADEE CHALIAEW on June 22, 2013 at 06:46:55 :: Culture & History|
If you have ever been inside a Thai temple you probably noticed the banners hang on sticks. You can also see them in town, at restaurants or at some traditional shops. In the local Lanna language (‘pasa muang’ or คำเมือง) it’s called ‘tung’ (ตุง) means flag. Besides being a decorative item, it has a particular meaning and it is used for different purposes.
In general, Lanna people use ‘tung’ for three different kinds of purposes: for auspicious ceremonies, funerals and for decoration. When used for auspicious ceremonies, it is believed to help avert misfortune.➜ Continue reading "Lanna Flags"
|Story posted by Admin Locator on June 16, 2013 at 07:10:41 :: Culture & History|
Like other languages, Thai language is full of idioms. This plant called 'Ka Fak' or กาฝาก, however beautiful it may be, is associated with a negative meaning in Thai. Growing on trees without having a stem and roots in the ground on its own, it's used to refer to people who cannot stand on their own feet but are using others for their purposes without offering anything in return. It can apply to people in companies, organisations, at college, or within a family. "That guy is such a 'Ka Fak', such a user, don't trust him." You can admire it in the garden of Suan Paak, while enjoying a good Thai meal or in Nakara Jardin during a High Tea.➜ Continue reading "Being a Parasite"
|Story posted by Admin Locator on June 12, 2013 at 05:41:41 :: Culture & History|
Thailand is a Buddhist country and Chiang Mai has probably the highest concentration of temples anywhere in the country. If you come from the West, you may feel attracted to chill out from your stressed life style, to empty your mind and perhaps do a meditation retreat. Meditation here is mainly Vippassana: sitting or walking meditation, and there are many places where you can do that. A few popular places are Wat Doi Suthep, Wat Rampoeng and Wat Chom Thong. I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone coming out of a retreat being more ‘enlightened’ or fundamentally changed, but if you think it may benefit you, go for it.
|Story posted by Admin Locator on June 11, 2013 at 07:52:36 :: Culture & History|
What do you need to know about Chiang Mai’s history to be well enough prepared to talk with Thai people? Nothing really. Most Thai people don’t know really their own history. Espcially youngsters don’t remember anything BF (Before Facebook). All that most locals remember is that the Burmese attacked them numerous times and that they were finally liberated from them. Have a look in a Thai cinema: there is almost always some movie about Thai fighting the evil Burmese. Even now, some Thai may look down on Burmese as being inferior as many have come to Thailand to do migrant labour.
|Chiang Mai Toastmasters Club|
Speak English, Build confidence, Conquer your fear, Master t
|Chiang Mai Social Group Of Friends|
Do you want to meet up with fellow peers in Chiang Mai? Are
Mahasiddha Yoga (tantrayogathailand.com) - Just north of the
Free of costs language exchange between farang and Thai
|Couchsurfing Chiang Mai|
Weekly meet up with local Thai and Couchsurfers, long stayer
|Chiang Mai Fencing Club|
Dedicated to the sport of Fencing, playing Foil, Epee, and S
|Latin Tunes @Meridien|
Salsa lovers gather at the Meridien, salsa in style, every l
Salsa dance lovers swing it out on Thursday at Sahara, Nimma
Regular outings for bird lovers
|Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transsexual group (LGBT)|
Our LGBT group aims to allow friendships between both Thai a
|Monday Jam night @ Boy Blues Bar|
Every Monday night is Jam night at Boy Blues Bar Bar. Many f
|First Northern Thailand Toastmasters Club The Confidence Builders|
Meets the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month at 6pm. 053-21
Saturday mornings 10 am. Contact Ruth at 085-615-1413
|Hash House Harriers: CSH3 (Saturday mixed Hash)|
Mixed family hash runs every Saturday. Pick up point is The
Support group open to those affected by alcoholism in a rela
|OA (Overeaters Anonymous)|
Every Saturday from 4-5 p.m. Please ask the guards or nurses
Every Saturday night screening at 07.00 pm (Free Admission!)
|Expat Club |
General Meetings on the 4th Saturday of the month, except De
|Open night @ Sangdee|
All are welcome to perform. Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5 from 8 PM
|Meditate with the Green Papaya Sangha|
In the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. T
Every Friday at 9pm at participating bars in a home and away
|Chiang Mai Expats Club Coffee Morning|
Coffee meetings are on 1st and 3rd Friday of each month Frid
|Alliance Francaise Films|
Alliance Francaise Films: Every Friday at 8 PM
|Trinity Baptist Church|
Meeting for old-time worship and fellowship with Dr. Jack L.
|Traditional 2nd hand market|
A Traditional 2nd hand market - Every Saturday morning from
|Big Day Out|
1st Sunday of every month. Live music and BBQ, 080 1222561
|New Beginnings group of Alcoholics Anonymous|
Open meetings at 10:00am on Sundays.
|International Group of Alcoholics Anonymous|
Chiang Mai International Group of AA meets every morning at
|Classic Cars of Lanna|
Meets the last Sunday of every month
Every Sunday 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm We have bats and gloves… ju
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. Info: 084-485-0100, chi
Salsa dance lovers swing it out on Tuesday at Coffee Monster
|“Informal” Expats Ladies Lunch|
“Informal” Expats Ladies Lunch: The lunch buffet at the
|“Formal” Expats Ladies Lunch|
“Formal” Expats Ladies Lunch: First Thursday of every mo
Nicotine Anonymous: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 p.m., 086-19
|Quiz Night @ Garden Bar Lotus Hotel|
Quiz Night at the Garden Bar Lotus Hotel Chang Puak. Teams o
|Chiang Mai Photographic Group|
Chiang Mai Photographic Group: meets every other Wednesday a
|Open Microphone Night|
Open Mike Night at the UN Irish Pub every Wednesday, from 8.
Co-dependants Anonymous: Support group for those having prob
|Friends of Bill|
Friends of Bill meeting (General 12 Step meeting, all addict
|Swiss Lanna Society|
Swiss Lanna Society weekly informal gatherings, 6:30 p.m. ev
|Royal British Legion|
Royal British Legion meeting has moved to Basic Line Hotel S
Badminton group meets every Tuesday from 2-4 PM at the Munic
Judo group meets at the MMA club near the Railways station o
CM Money Club meets last Thursday of every month. Info: Don
The Chiang Mai Computer Club meets every Tuesday. It is open
|Chiang Mai International Rotary Club|
The Chiang Mai International Rotary Club meets on Tuesdays a
|On-location Sketching Group|
On-location sketching group: Monday mornings from 8:00-10:30
Karatedo Federation Wado-kaj organises free Karate practise
|Tai Chi - Chi Kung|
Every Monday and Wednesday 8am at Suan Buak Hat Public Park
|Women's Book Club|
CM's International Women's Book Club meets every last Monday
The Gentleman's Club for real gentlemen and males approachin
|Back to Basics Group of AA|
Back to Basics Group of Alcoholics Anonymous meets Monday to
|Hash House Harriers CH3 (male only)|
Male runs every alternate week on Mon/Tue. Pick up from The
|Jam night @ Boy Blues Bar|
Swinging music with live jam, every Monday from 9pm
|Ball hockey by CM Highlanders|
CM Highlanders plays ball hockey every Monday.
|CM Travel Club|
Chiang Mai Travel Club gathers at Sangdee every 2nd Monday o
|Upstairs at Sangdee|
Performing artists every Monday at Sangdee. For those intere
|Hash House Harriers CSH3|
Mixed family hash runs every Saturday. Pick up point is the
|Sri Sathya Sai Baba Group|
Study and discussion group for CM devotees of spiritual mast
|Gay and Lesbian Club|
|Readers & Book discussion group|
Monthly over lunch to discuss a previously agreed book, cmre
|Dining Out Group|
Once a fortnight, alternating between Asian and Western food
Though there isn't a proper racquet ball court in Chiang Mai
|Circle of Light|
The Circle of Light Group is a reading & discussion group fo
|Chiang Mai Beach Volleyball Club|
Welcome to CMBVC! We are one of Chiang Mai's most active spo
|Urban Sketchers Chiang Mai|
Urban Sketchers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to rai
Maum meditation is throwing away the false mind,and is Chan
|New Life Foundation Thailand|
New Life Thai Foundation is a unique international, mindfuln
|WED ZOUK BAREFOOT at Birds Nest Cafe|
We would like to invite you all for our regular zouk meet up
|Tons of Time!|
Weight being a problem for us all these days, but truly bein
|Tai Chi Chuan|
Tai Chi Chuan step by step.. Daily weekday classes every
|Yin Yoga with Claudio|
Price: 200B - Contact Claudio: 0847 744705
This movement meditation practice is for anyone that is insp
|Esoteric Integral Yoga|
The Esoteric Integral Yoga course is an in-depth course prov
Football Chiang Mai - Football fan in Chiang Mai
|Chiangmai AutoCAD Training|
AutoCAD for Engineering and Architecture drawing training
|Documentary Arts Asia Monday & Thursday Showings|
The Documentary Arts Asia Theater has regular screenings of
|Income Tax discussion|
How to legally claim tax rebate as a foreigner working in Th
|Chiang Mai Backgammon|
Anyone interested in forming a group?
|Tantra Yoga Community|
A unique course about the extraordinary spiritual adventure
|Chiang Mai Improv Theatre|
We are all about PLAY! Come and regress to being 5 years old
A laughter yoga class and circle at the Yoga Tree Chiang Mai
Think you're funny? We're looking for people who'd like to
|Chiang Mai Jugglers and Prop Enthusiasts|
Wanna meet and play with other Prop Manipulation geeks? Lear
|Chiang Mai Chess Club|
Welcome to Chiang Mai Chess Club
|Squash Players Chiang Mai|
There are 2 main groups of squash players in Chiang Mai.
There are a few groups in Chiang Mai that gather for salsa,
|Writers without Borders|
If you're an expat in Chiang Mai, Thailand, or, more specifi
An exploration of dance and movment, the BIODANZA way, of ho
|Green Papaya Sangha|
Meditation in the tradition of Vietnamese Zen Monk Thich Nha
|Bridge Chiang Mai|
Welcome to Bridge Club of Chiang Mai