Hi, Are there any discounts for paying a one time monthly payment for Sky Train tickets. I tried to get some information from the guy behind the counter but his English was not too good, although much better than my Thai. If someone could explain how the ticketing works for the sky train, that would be much appreciated. Thanks. OD
I just read that the the royal barge procession for the Royal Krathin (robe-giving) ceremony will disrupt river boats on the Chao Phraya river from Krung Thon Buri bridge to the Phra Puttha Yodfah bridge between 11:30am and 9pm on Monday. Watch out if you use them to go to work! OD
Hi, I am writing from France, but am coming to Thailand for a holiday in a couple of months. I would like to buy the Pentax Optio W30, and have been told cameras are really cheap over there. Could someone possibly try & find out the average price for this in one Bangkok, PLEASE. (So I can see if it is worth it to wait a bit....) THANK YOU!
Thought I'd add the following as an explanation of the 2 special days on 26th and 27th of this month. October 26th - Pavarana DayThis is the official end of the Rains retreat for monks. For 3 months each year the monks stay in one temple or designated area without leaving over night other than for very special reasons, including to visit sick relatives or monks, help a monk who is in danger of disrobing, or to teach laypeople Dhamma. Even then, they only leave for a maximum of 7 days. This custom predates Buddhism, and the story goes that the laypeople complained to the Buddha that his monks were trampling their newly planted crops, prompting him to call for the monks to observe the Rains retreat period as other Samana did at the time. The time is often used in programs of Buddhist study for new monks, as many come to ordain for the period, or for Vinaya study.This year the Lunar calendar has the end of the Rains (called ‘Pansa’ in Thai, or Vassa in Pali) on the 26th October, and the next morning the monks are officially free of the travel restrictions The day is called “Pavarana Day”, and Pavarana means ‘to invite’. In this instance it means to invite ones fellow monks and nuns to admonish oneself. After everyone is done admonishing each other forgiveness is given, thus one can say that Pavarana day is ‘forgiveness day’. The next morning many monks leave the temple to visit family or move to a new residence.(full blog http://littlebang.wordpress.com/2007/10/21/pavarana-day/ )27th Tak Baat Tae-woThis festival is called the ‘Tak Baht Thaewo’ and is essentially an auspicious pindapada, almsround. It is in commemoration of the end of the Buddha’s 7th Rains retreat when he came down from the Tavatimsa heaven. The story goes that he had been teaching Abhidhamma (philosophical explanation of how mind and matter work) to his mother who I am sure you know, passed away 7 days after the Buddha’s birth. He descended from that heavenly relm via a triple staircase of Silver, Gold, and Emerald - and you can see an image of this behind the main Buddha statue in most temples.During the Rains retreat the Buddha had come back to this world, leaving a replica of himself teaching the Devas in heaven, each day and gave a summary of the teaching to Sariputta. Apparently only Devas have the capacity to understand Abhidhamma, but Sariputta insisted that the world of men have access to the summaries. The Abhidhamma in fact is larger than the Suttas and Vinaya sections of the Tipitaka. Most scholars consider the Abhidhamma to be the work of later scholars who rearranged the teaching into, essentially, a big set of lists. It is still Buddha-Dhamma, but rearranged.The Buddha descended from the heaven just in time to lead a procession of 100 arahant monks out on almsround about the town.Anyhow, the ceremony on the 27th, the day after exiting the official Rains period, is in memory of this event, and lay people take food to offer the monks as they circumambulate the central chapel of each temple. One variation is the Tak Baat Phra Roy (100 monks almsround) festival which started in Pathom Thani, where the monks go almsround by boat. I can't figure out how ti insert images, but there are a couple of small ones on the blog : http://littlebang.wordpress.com/2007/10/21/tak-baat-thewo/ www.littlebang.wordpress.com
I'm coming to Thailand soon on holiday. I've been thinking about a change of direction in my career and wanted to look into teaching English in Thailand. My husband to be can easily get work anywhere in the world so we were thinking about Thailand as a place to live for a couple of years. I'd like to do something and was wondering what the availability of English teacher's jobs was like? And what the pay would be like? Hitched