Democracy and Equality in Thailand

In a democracy if your roads aren’t maintained you elect a new roads commisioner.
In a democracy if your children aren’t getting a decent education you elect a new school supreintendent.
In a democracy if laws arent being enforced and prosecuted you elect a new district attorney.
I could go on, but what the use! Thailand, as long as the govenrment will not decentralize, will never be a real democracy.
Governors and their deputies, and their deputies are appointed.
And don’t think for a minute that elected Tambon, andTesaban officers do not have to toe the party line are delusional.
Try to get elected if you are affiliated with the wrong party. Of the party in power
Next is equality. ..

Beautiful Chaiyaphum, Northeast Thailand

Chaiyaphum Province, Culture, Nature and Buddhism

chaiyaphumThere is plenty to do in Chaiyaphum from caving to rock climbing. Take a look at the map and click on many of the icons to see descriptions of the caves and elsewhere.  Cultural ehibits and…Continue reading

A Great Place to See Sexy Birds in Chaiyaphum,Thailand

If you are interested in following the migration of birds in Northeast Thailand  a swampy lake  in front of Khon Sawan District Office smack dab almost in the center of town, covering an area of…Continue reading

Stonehenge,Mo Hin Khao,????????,Kaset Sombun,Chaiyaphum, Thailand

I first visited Thailand’s Stonehenge,Mo Hin Khao a bit over thre years ago as you can see in The Blogspot Blog Isaan Life. Actually in spite of the dirt road and difficult access the site was in…Continue reading

Preserving the Culture of Isaan,Northeast Thailand

  Tourism Authority of Thailand shows little interest in showing visitors to the region the culture and cultural artifacts of the region They a long with other travel websites list  non…Continue reading

Chaiyaphum Lodging and the Siam River Resort in Chaiyaphum Town, Thailand

First nights lodging was at Chulabhorn Reservoir at EGATs digs As at most reservoirs I found it a bit over priced, but no one is building nearby. When they started building resorts near the Ubol…Continue reading

Your Daily Dose of Isaan, Northeast Thailand

Coming Up at Isaan Life In Northeast Thailand

Friday morning it is up early and over the Phu Phan taking highway 213 to Kalasin and the  Pong Lang, Phrae Wa and Red Cross Fair. If you are looking for fairs and festivals in Isaan the Red Cross…Continue reading

Education in Thailand. What Education in Thailand

BuddhismJust when I was gettinc comfortable posting stories about The Chakri Kings of Thailand and the Initiatives they initiated, Visiting the Phu Phan Royal Development Study Center and other interesting…Continue reading

And the 2012 Pullet Surprise for Fiction in Thailand goes to….

Luc Stevens  is the United Nations resident coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Thailand.  and the award is given for his article Human rights and development, two sides of the same…Continue reading

Songkran Wrap-up Day 1,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

The only Commandment of the Songkran Commandments that I did not see broken in Sakon Nakhon on the first day of Songkran was 3) Thou shalt not put ice in the throwing water. This is another new…Continue reading

Part3,Thailand Royal Initiatives and Dealing with Polluted Water

2.3) Management of polluted water 2.3.1 Cleaning of water to get rid of polluted water This is a method to use clean water and to shove away or to dissolve polluted water. This royal initiative has…Continue reading

Ajahn Jayasaro,Buddhist Meditation,Meditation Experiences and Dhammapada with Commentary, Buddhism

jayasaroAjahn Jayasao discusses What happens when the mind becomes calmer and how to take your practice still further… Are we practicing samatha or vipassana?

since ancient times it has been the case
that those who speak too much are criticised,
as are those who speak too little
and those who don’t speak at all.
Everyone in this world is criticised.
There never was, nor will there be,
nor is there now,
anybody who is only blamed or wholly praised. v. 227–8

Thailand, Double-decker bus overturns, 3 killed! So Wfhat!

is just yet another story that typifies the road story in Thailand. While government officials bloviate people die. While Surapong says tourist safety comes first , unsafe, deadly double decker buses ply the roads of Thailand. The story may be over 60 days but you can read it in its entirety below.
The reality is that Thai bus safety and infrastructure the incompatible match , and what does the Government do? NOTHING! What about Suthep and his bunch, what about Thai Rack Thai v3.1? NOTHING. The problem has been identified, so where is the solution? It is simple ban the rolling coffins from the road> But no, this is Thailand wher human rights to include good healt care, good education and equal protection under the las are endangered species if not already gone.
Better to argue about who gets to fill their p[osckets than to fill the potholes…

Isaan, Khon Kaen, Ajahn Thate, Luangta Maha Bua, Thailand and Buddhism

More visit Isaan, Khon Kaen and The Lonely Planet stuff 16.06.11

okay back to “Things to do in Khon Kaen” by The Lonely Planet Guide They mention Wat That, Khon Kaen City Museum, Wat Jeen Beung Kaen Nakhon, , Wat Po Ban Nontan, Mhesak, Spirit House and Mahathat…Continue reading

Please westerners remember to wear proper attire when visiting religious sites

This sign should be in English as visitors are constantly reminded by Ministries such as Culure and the Interior that we must learn to conduct ourselves and present ourselves properly here in…Continue reading

Wat Tham Kham,Phanna Nikhom,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand, Ajahn Thate

Tourism Authority of Thailandtells us that Wat Tham Kham used to be where the famous monks Achan Fan and Luang Pu Thet meditated. A pagoda housing the relics of the latter is here. Not much for such…Continue reading

Kham Cha-I, Mukdahan, Isaan, Pindabhat Auk Pansaa

We owe so much to Ajahn Mun, Maha Boowa, Chah, Sii, Wan and so many others for instilling and strengthening Real Buddhism in Isaan. Throughout the year I visit so many wats and somnak in the area and…Continue reading

luangta maha bua

i have learned that the so called newspaper Bangcock Post is selling luangta maha bua biography online for 4.99$ it is available free as are most dhamma books click here to visit the site for luangta…Continue reading

This Weeks Dose of Isaan, Northeast Thailand

Wat Tham Kham,Phanna Nikhom,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand, Ajahn Thate

Tourism Authority of Thailandtells us that Wat Tham Kham used to be where the famous monks Achan Fan and Luang Pu Thet meditated. A pagoda housing the relics of the latter is here. Not much for such…Continue reading

From Sakon Nakhon to Amnat Charoen in Northeast Thailand, Timelapse

Three hours and 210 kilometers through Isaan cities, towns, villages and countryside condensed into a 1 minute time lapse video. A photo every 5 seconds, for a total of 1739 frames  played back at…Continue reading

How to put Brand Thailand out there asks the Bangkok Post

How to put Brand Thailand out there asks the Bangkok Post, Published: 14/03/2012 at 02:17 AM “Thailand should brand itself by integrating campaigns initiated by its various ministries and agencies…Continue reading

Social Action,Sakon Nakhon,Thailand

The last night of Songkran and somehow at about 1600h in the midst of the whole thing I have to drive to the Imperial Hotel in Sakon Nakhon for some social thingy. I had no desire to go out, be out…Continue reading

Episode 13 Google and the Geezer, an Android Adventure in Northeast, Thailand

This week we look at two completely different applications. Snapspeed a photo editing and manipulating application and at Google Earth the Android edition. Snapspeed is what I call an all…Continue reading

Wat Mongkon Ratana, Tampa, Florida, Songkran 2014

mongkonThe Wat is set up with a traditional sla\ubosot and a very nice house for the monks, while off to the side is an area and building where the weekend market is set up. The weekend market sadly sells only prepared food. There is a sizeable shaded are for a meditation garden and when needed eating area. The crowd was mostly westerners who came for the food and cultural show, but there were a good number of Thais as well. It looks like after 18 years in Isaan I can easily get Vietnamese food, but Isaan  food is a bugger to fing. The Gai Yaang was baked and had no relationship to anything I have had for the past 18 years and the BBQ pork was as tough as water buffalo.

12 Traditions, Duan ha, bun song nam, fifth lunar month,making merit by pouring water,songkran,Thailand

heet05Songkran is a solar occurrence but Duan ha, bun song nam, fifth lunar month,making  merit by pouring water,songkran takes place.The Full Moon occurs at 1443h on the 15th in Thailand
On the fifteenth day of the waxing moon (full moon) in the summer afternoon, Buddhist villagers bring water to the preaching hall with worshipping things. All the Buddha images in the monasteryare cleaned after the praying ceremony, first by monks and then lay people. Everyone pours  water upon the Buddha images and monks as well as the elderly and asks for best wishes. Next day  monks are given food and offerings.
People can pour fragrant water on the images for one month and they may take sand to the monastery, make sand pagodas, free animals, and play Songkran by throwing water to each other.