Songkran: Thai People’s New Year Celebration

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The Songkran festival is Thailand’s traditional New Year, celebrated on April 13 – 15. There are many different symbolic traditions, like visiting local temples in the morning offering food to the Buddhist monks and pouring water on Buddha statues. Performing water pouring represents purification and is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday.

Thailand’s Elite Rangers Protecting the Siamese Rosewood Trees

I love when people care about nature and animals, and some mean business. Thailand’s Siamese Rosewood trees are one of the world’s most endangered trees, but a group of elite Rangers is trying to put a stop to the extinct. This red “blood wood” is used for luxury furniture in China, and for these guys, protecting the forest is a matter of life and death. Here’s an article by The Guardian about the “blood wood” war.

Thai Food: This is Pad Thai

Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish, hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. You can order Pad Thai everywhere in Thailand; on the streets, or in a fancy restaurant. Pad Thai is made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs, tofu, bean sprouts; flavored with tamarind paste, fish sauce, dried shrimp, garlic, red chilies and palm sugar; served with lime wedges and chopped roast peanuts.

Video: Exploring the Caves of Bor Thor With a Kayak

Ban Bor Thor, about 50 km north of Krabi town, is a small coastal village featuring mangrove forest, rivers, and spectacular limestone caves. This area, which belongs to the Than Bok Khoranee National Park, is one of the earliest sites of human civilizations in Thailand, and you can witness this by seeing cave paintings thousands of years old.

Many of these caves are only accessible by kayak, and you can hire one and have a guide with you in the kayak or not. My wife and I chose to paddle ourselves as we thought it would be more exciting that way, and it sure was a fantastic experience paddle down the river and into the caves. Take a look at the video I recorded below.

Longtail Boat Ride to Phra Nang Beach and 4 Islands, Krabi

A thrilling longtail boat ride is a must-do when you’re in Krabi. I have previously taken a trip to the beautiful Hong Island, and most recently a ride to The 4 islands. I recorded a video with my GoPro, and as the snorkeling time flew by so quick, I totally forgot to save some memory in the memory card, so I couldn’t film the last stop on this trip. But I took some photos with my Nikon as you can see below. If you want to try a longtail boat trip, tour agents can be found every few meters along the street in Ao Nang.