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THE HISTORY OF THE THAI PUPPET THEATRE

In Culture, Stories, Thailand by Maryrose RoqueLeave a Comment

Beautiful and intricate, but, at times, a bit creepy, the history and evolution of the Thai puppet theatre is quite interesting, with its rich stories performed through the movements of the puppeteers backstage. NANG YAI AND NANG TALUNG – IN 2D   Its most ancient version, the nang yai, involved the use of shadow puppets cut out from buffalo hide. …

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THE DARK TRUTH BEHIND THAILAND’S TIGER ZOO

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Although taking a photograph with a magnificent tiger may seem like the ultimate insta-shot, the dark truth behind Thailand’s Tiger Zoo may want to make you rethink your ‘gram choices. THE DARK TRUTH The infamous Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi – now known as a ‘Tiger Zoo’ – is back in business despite being raided by police and wildlife authorities back in …

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“VOLUNTOURISM”: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY SIDE OF YOUR VOLUNTEER TRIP

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Voluntourism has become quite a fad. Type in the phrase “volunteer work in Thailand” and you end up with tons of websites offering hundreds of volunteer jobs for a price. With each listing, you find testimonials about people who felt that their volunteer work in Thailand had made such a great impact in their lives that their lives are changed …

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THAI GOOD READS: THE BEST BOOKS ABOUT THAILAND

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Sitting on the beach, cocktail in hand, and wondering what to do? Why not spend those free hours reading a couple of the best books about Thailand? Whether it’s non-fiction or fiction, reading while on-location gives you a better perspective of the country and culture you’re visiting. Make your journey more magical – or plan your upcoming trip – with …

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SEVEN MOVIES ABOUT THAILAND YOU SHOULD DEFINITELY WATCH

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Thailand’s exotic landscape with pristine beaches, lush rainforests, and towering limestone mountains serves not only as the backdrop for pitch-perfect Instagram pictures. Ambitious filmmakers with a way bigger budget than the average backpacker also use the scenery to their full advantage. The results are movies filled with gorgeous wide shots over vibrant landscapes all for the sake of our entertainment. …

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“WHY THE LONG TAIL?”: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THAILAND’S ICONIC LONG-TAIL BOATS

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Thailand’s version of gondolas, which literally play a role in keeping the local economy afloat, are known as long-tail boats. The majority of these vessels can be found in Krabi and Phuket, where they are used to take thousands of tourists from island to island, creating a source of income for the locals. If you’ve ever been to Thailand, you’ll …

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A Stroke of Luck: The History of Penis Shrines in Thailand

In Culture, Stories, Thailand by Benni BuchalLeave a Comment

Thai penis shrines. Yeah, they’re a thing. No, they’re vulgar. Chances are you are familiar with our Island Awesomeness Tour, in which case you are also aware of the lovingly nicknamed “Penis Cave” on Phra Nang Beach. Countless of pictures float around the Internet with groups of people… “interacting” with the wooden dicks and having a jolly good time. But …