Entries by Graham Broughton

My very first Thai mate.

 How I made my first Thai mate. It was early days for me in Thailand -I had met my future wife and done the traditional things like taken her friends out for a meal and also taken her mother and two young daughters out to a restaurant. This I found out is all part of […]

Thai Superstitions – you may wish to stay inside after reading this list!

Thai Superstitions You may wish to stay indoors after reading this list!   The following are a collection of Thai superstitions which may, make you think twice about going out, if for example you step out of the house with the wrong foot, or you hear a gecko calling during the day time, or indeed […]

Private island of your own.

Many people who visit Thailand go to the sea and many go to an island. There are many islands -Some of the island groups in Thailand come in clusters of numerous individual islands: Phang Nga Bay has 67, the Mu Ko Chang National Park has 52, Tarutao National Marine Park has 51, and Mu Ko Ang Thong […]

Where the Faithful Worship Among the Tourists

JUST before midnight, the monks were still arriving. Dressed in long, flowing white robes, they resembled fireflies as they rode through the darkness on their motorbikes, descending on the towering temple at the heart of the Cao Dai holy land in southern Vietnam. Many were attending their fourth service of the day. Removing his sandals […]

Cheaper healthcare outside US.

Why is Healthcare So Much Cheaper Outside the U.S.? A recent survey reported that a single day in a hospital in the U.S. costs, on average, $1,514 (up to as much as $12,537), while in France it costs $853. An appendectomy in the U.S.—including physician and hospital bills—costs $8,156 on average (up to as much […]

Thailand diseases and dangers.

There are diseases and other health issues to watch out for if you are visiting or living in Thailand. Yes Thailand has malaria in some places but personally I have never had preventative injections before visiting and touch wood have not had any serious disease in the 26 years of visiting Thailand. I have family […]

Mae Kuan Im Goddess of mercy

Kwan Yin (Mae Kuan Im) The Goddess of Mercy In the past ten years, the Kwan Yin or (Mae/Mother) Kuan Im cult has become more popular among Thai people. There are now many more Kuan Yin images both inside and outside Theravada temples in Thailand. Many temples also have a “Welcome” sign related to the […]

The history and evolution of Traditional Thai massage.

“Thai massage” or “Thai yoga massage” is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. In the Thai language it is usually called nuat phaen thai (Thai: นวดแผนไทย; lit. “Thai-style massage”) or nuat phaen boran (Thai: นวดแผนugfgoโบราณ, IPA: [nûət pʰɛ̌ːn boːraːn]; lit. “ancient-style massage”), though its formal name is nuat thai […]

Box jellyfish in Thai waters.

The magnitude of severe box jellyfish cases on Koh Samui and Koh Pha-ngan in the Gulf of Thailand Lakkana ThaikrueaEmail author and Potjaman Siriariyaporn BMC Research Notes20169:108 DOI: 10.1186/s13104-016-1931-8 ©  Thaikruea and Siriariyaporn. 2016 Received: 2 December 2015 Accepted: 10 February 2016 Published: 17 February 2016 Background Despite recent deaths caused by box jellyfish envenomation occurring on the islands of Samui and Pha-ngan in […]

How Buddhism came to Thailand by Karuna Kusalasaya

Buddhism in Thailand Its Past and Its Present by Karuna Kusalasaya © 2006 Alternate format: People all over the world who are interested in Buddhism and keep in touch with its news and activities must have heard of the Buddha Jayanti celebrations held a few years ago in all Buddhist countries, including India and Japan. […]