Thailand, referred to as
the Land of Smiles as the people are so warm and friendly and greet
you with a lovely smile. Over 12 million tourists visit Thailand each
year as Thailand has so much to offer for a relaxing or an action
a tropical climate so is warm all year round. From the amazing
cultural sites of Bangkok, to jungle trekking and white water rafting
in the north, to the amazing tropical islands in the Gulf of Thailand
and the Andaman sea, Thailand has something to offer all tastes. On
top of this Thailand's amazing food and it's cheap prices make the
country an awesome holiday destination.
Festivals and Holidays in Thailand
Songkran is Thailand's
Water Festival and one of the most lively, interesting and wet
festival in the world. The festival celebrates Thailand's New Year and
occurs in the hottest time of the year.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival - Buddhist
Lent - a yearly event with processions of bee wax candles. Also
candles are donated to the local Buddhist temples. Locals believe
giving these candles to the temples will bring good luck and fortuned.
Lopburi Monkey Banquet is held in the Lopburi Province Thailand
150kms north of Bangkok during the last weekend of November. The local
people in this province believe the long-tailed macaques that live in
the jungle protect the town from external dangers. Every year, the
locals pay protection money by throwing a feast for the monkeys.
Around 3000 macaques come to the celebration with colour tables setup
filled with fruit and vegetables.
Bun Bang Fai is the
rocket festival which is held in the Phya Thaen Park, Yasothon, north-eastern Thailand
in the second week of May each year. 3 Days of celebrations in the
Isaan province to encourage good rain for the coming season for
Phi Ta Khon Festival - Festival of the dead -
celebrating the last appearance of the Lord Buddha. Celebrated in the North East
of Thailand also celebrated across the border in Laos. I lively festival with
music and dance and precessions of people wearing masks.
Dangers and Annoyances in Thailand
Dangers - Pickpockets - Anywhere in Thailand that
is a tourist destination has the threat of pickpockets - people who try to steal
wallets, bags and camera. The pick pockets are not limited to the poor Thai
people but also to Non-Thai (dodgy Backpackers) who are trying to make some
money for their extended holidays. Always be careful with your personal items
like wallets, bags, purses and cameras.
Dangers - Scams - be on alert to the many scams
that are often prevalent in tourist areas around the world. This includes the
dodgy Tuk-tuk and taxi drivers who will tell you a certain tourist attraction is
closed today and offer you an alternate destination like a jewelry shop or
tailor shop to visit instead. This is most common around the Grand Palace in
Bangkok with many dodgy people approaching you to tell you that the Grand Palace
is closed today and they can take you elsewhere. There are even loudspeaker
announcements now around the Grand Palace advising you to not trust the people
around the outside of the Grand Palace advising you it is closed. The Grand
Palace is open everyday from 8.30am - 3.30pm.
Dangers - More Scams - In other tourists areas
like Phuket you will get friendly Europeans coming up to you saying they are not
selling anything but show you brouchures for various hotels and resorts around