August 12th 2012, itís
holiday for the birthday of Queen Sirikit, wife of
Mother's day is also celebrated on
that day in
Sitting, standing, walking... are often
seen in the temples in
On the other hand, when a temple
organized a ceremony to bring prosperity, good luck and protection to his
followers, a ninth Buddha representation, whose the posture varies, is added to
the usual 8, because 9 is the luckiest number in
Sunday: Pang Thawai Net, the Buddha who observes (pang means posture). According to legend, the Buddha, during one of his meditations, intensely set the sacred bodhi tree under which he reached enlightenment. He stayed 7 days in this position.
Monday: Pang Ham Yat, the Buddha guarantor of peace. The right hand raised to chest height marks the desire to prevent a family conflict about sharing water resources.
Tuesday: Pang Sai Yat, the position of the reclining Buddha, on the eve of his death.
Wednesday (day): Pang Um Bat, the Buddha holding an alms bowl, represents the first time where the Buddha helped the Kapilavatsu villagers, his native city, to make their donations. †
Wednesday (after midnight and before dawn): Pang Pa Lelai, the Buddha with the elephant and the monkey. While the Buddha, disturbed by the quarrels of his disciples, was isolated in the forest, the King of the elephants came clean his seat and picking up him fruits.
Thursday: Pang Samathi, the sitting cross-legged Buddha, in the meditation position, during his enlightenment.
Friday: Pang Ram Phueng, the circumspect Buddha. Filled with hesitation before the difficulty of communicating his teaching to the world, both hands are crossed on the chest.
Saturday: Pang Nak Prok the Buddha to the naga. While the Buddha attained nirvana, it rained for 7 days during one of his meditations. The naga, 7 headed serpent, stretches his body to protect him from the rain and wind.
airport opens its second terminal
Krabi airport has completed the construction of its second terminal in April 2012. Air
A new uniform for Bangkok Airways
Bangkok Airways recently organized a
"Flash Mob" before the check-in counter at Suvarnabhumi airport to
launch the new uniforms for the operational personnel and introduce its new
in-flight safety video. The new uniforms were created by Khun Polpat
Asavaprapha (ASAVA mark), one of the best Thai designers, and presented at
See the Flash Mob video:www.YouTube.com/watch?v=1ru_XbBbxg4
Or Tor Kor Market, 4th best market of products in the world
The Bangkok Or Tor Kor market,
one of the largest in
Among a wide range of high-quality agricultural products there are meat, eggs, fruits and vegetables, and processed foods like curry paste and salted fish, delicate Thai dishes ready to eat as the breast of fried pork, bread of Pandan with the cream and Thai curries, and local or imported organic products. Or Tor Kor Market operates as a distribution chain under the aegis of the Agriculture Ministry and Cooperatives to allow Thai farmers to sell their products.
Itís a great way for visitors
to discover the major role of the market in the daily life of Thais who have a
close relationship with the agricultural heritage of the Kingdom.
15 000 providers (stores, retail shops, off taxes boutiques, hotels,
airlines, jewelry stores, spas, golf courses, restaurants, travel agencies and
hospitals) in 7 cities (Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Koh Samui, Hat
Yai and Phuket) participate in the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012 which runs
until August 15th.
The 14th edition of the famous clearance sale highlights Thai OTOP products and certain Thai clothes brands distributed at the MBK and Platinum Mall. Tourists will have more pleasure to do their shopping following Thai way in pedestrian streets of each major city and discover new shopping destinations as "TERMINAL 21" on Sukhumvit Road, the first Mall designed as an airport, "ROBINSON Rama 9" in the new complex "Central Plaza Grand Rama 9" in more than six floors, "MEGABANGNA" on Bangna - Trad Road, just 15 minutes from the Suvarnabhumi international airport, which has the "Everything under one roof" concept. Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2012 not only offer to foreign visitors discounts until 80% but also the opportunity to win a stay "30 Miracle Day in Thailand" (return ticket in 1st class, transfers, accommodation in luxury hotels, guide, excursions and experience of the Thai living art).
For hope to win this fabulous trip, foreign tourists must keep the numbered coupons which are given during the purchases at participating traders and service providers. Each 500 THB spent in cash give right to 1 coupon and paid with a Visa card give to 2 coupons.
The winning coupon will be drawn lots on September 20th 2012 at the Asia Airport Hotel and the names of the lucky winners will be published on October 10th on the site:www.tourismthailand.org/thailandgrandsale
From August 25th to
September 1st 2012, the
Shwe Kyun Pin Nats festival to Mingun
The Nat regional festival
takes place from August 19th to 22nd 2012 to Mingun. Mingun
is located 11 Kms north of
This Festival lasts five days, from
August 27th to September 01st, with many different
activities. Taungbyone is a village located approximately
The festival revolves around the temple containing the articles of the brothers Shwe Phyin Gyi and Shwe Phyin Nge (or Min Gyi U and U Min Galay) who were executed in revenge by Anawrahta King as they have failed to meet their duties to bring each a brick to build religious structure "Pagoda of wishes" (Hsu Taung Pyae) in the village of Taungbyone. As the brothers died violently, they canít rest in peace, and they have become spirits (Nats). When Ananwrahta was preparing to leave Taungbyone, Shwe Hpyin Gyi and Shwe Hpyin Ngwe spirits appeared him and asked him to do something in compensation for their death. The pagoda still exists at Taungbyone today, complete with space for two missing bricks that the brothers have failed to.
The mood in the streets during this
festival is joyous and festive.
All ages meet to do Nat dances. The festivities take place the evening around campfire.
Experience the wildlife of the Park National Kakaborazi. This Park is that of all superlatives, being the largest, highest and the most northerly National Park in
From August 25TH to 26TH
2012, itís the feast of the dead. Each year, this Buddhist festival pays
tribute to the missing minds. Ho Khao Padapdine means
"make packets of rice and deposit them on the ground." Indeed, to
celebrate the Ho Boun Khao Padabdine, the faithful of all the houses are
preparing offerings consisting of Khao Tomh, Khao name
Then, in the moonless night, in
the deep darkness (between three and four o'clock in the morning), salted food,
fruits and cakes, and chiggers of betel and cigarettes are put in containers in
banana leaves which themselves are deposited by the faithful in the courtyard
of the pagodas, at the That foot, these stupas containing ashes of the
disappeared, or at the foot of the trees... and there, in the dark night, the
dead are allowed to collect these donations. The day of the feast, at dawn, the
sound of the drums from the pagodas spread through the streets of towns and
villages. It announced the gathering of the faithful for the offerings ceremony
to the pagoda in their district. The villagers bring their presents. At the
entrance, you can see some faithful make offerings to the victims of violent
death as well as to the dead who have no family to honor them... All those who
died in violent death can be honored in the temple, and in this case, their
parents and their neighbor should honor them by clinging offerings on stakes or
on the pagoda fence. Some families prepare at least four or five plateaus of
offerings that are dedicated to all the ancestors.
The Buddhist belief is that after their death, the dead reborn in another world (reincarnation), but all doesnít undergo the same fate. If the deceased was a good behavior throughout his life, he can reach the Nirvana; on the contrary, if he has committed sins, he is sentenced to stay in hell where he will be reincarnate in the body of an animal to expiate his sins.
The dead who are in hell will undergo many suffering and will be deprived of food and clothing.
After the death, Nirvana and
hell are the places where the faithful are called to reborn. Lao Buddhists also
believe that the dead can return from hell, during15 days per year. Thus, from
the 14th day of waning moon, from the 9th month to the 15th day of the rising
moon of the 10th month of the Laotian calendar, this year from August 20th
to September 4th, Chia Nhomphibane, the King of hell, allows the
tortured to return to the human world to receive the offerings of their descents during
Ho Khao Padabdine and Ho Khao Salak feast.
If the dead, return to Earth,
donít found offering, they lament and are obliged to satisfy of the remains of
others, which causes their anger and leads them to throw curses on their
disrespectful descents, as for example, deprive them of prosperity or make
their life difficult.
On the other hand, the faithful believe that the offerings and donations made to the monks allow their dead to avoid or reduce the sentences of hell; the faithful are prayers to their ancestors without forgetting to bless the water by a monk before, tastes to tastes, on Earth, ceremony called "Yat
During this festival, to Luang Prabang declared part of the Unesco World Heritage, a canoe race is held every year on the Nam Khane. This is a tradition unique to the inhabitants of this city of temples who have inherited this practice for several generations. Race of canoes during the Ho Khao Padabdine Festival of Luang Prabang is a very appreciated ancestral customs by many tourists, both Laotian or foreign, visiting the religious capital of
Boun Khao Salak is celebrated through the
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"the Preservation and promotion of the values of the world natural
heritage of Ha
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and
tourism (MCST) in collaboration with the people's Committee of Quang Ninh
province held on July 24th
According to the Secretary of Quang Ninh provincial Committee, with global values of Ha Long Bay world heritage, we need to preserve, restore and operate effectively linked to the protection of the ecological environment.
The Conference participants have frankly shown limitations in the development of tourism of Ha Long and the opportunities and the challenges of development. International orators also shared experiences of development of heritage, the position and the role of the Ha Long Bay on the international shipping lines. In addition, the participants discussed and proposed solutions in areas such as planning, management, conservation, and investment, development products, the Organization of tourist services, the management of quality and environment of Ha Long Bay. The position and vision, solutions development of heritage - natural wonder of the world for Ha Long Bay The conference has succeeded in a plan of action for the sustainable development of tourism in Ha Long Bay to bring a new vision and tell the national brand of tourism on the international market.
The Viet Nam submit in
September at UNESCO an candidature file from the perspective of a recognition
With regard to the geological values, Tr‚n T‚n Van, head of the Viet Nam Institute of geology and natural resources, cited several values compliant with the criteria of UNESCO, in the first place the landscape beauty. From an archaeological point of view, the site contains traces of human presence dated more than 20,000 years. Following the experts of the International Union for the conservation of nature (IUCN English, depending on the UNESCO acronym), the geological and archaeological values must have close ties.
Paul Dingwall, an IUCN expert, went to Ninh Binh to examine in situ the place and give advice in the development of the file. According to him, next to the two important elements that are landscape and geology, it should also emphasize the cultural aspect and archaeological sites. During his travels in Ninh Binh, Paul Dingwall found several shells of snails worked by the hand of human prehistory.
According to this expert, from a geomorphological and landscape point of view, Trŗng An has something in common with two other natural world heritage sites of the Viet Nam like the Bay of Ha Long (North) and the national park of Phong Nha - Ke Bang (Centre). It will be necessary according to him to design a more robust candidature file in relying on several criteria that are culture, landscape, and geomorphology.
Sharing the same idea, Paul Williams, IUCN expert, who is responsible for assessing the geological aspects and compare them with the other world heritage sites of the Viet Nam found that
According to the roadmap, after the Symposium, the provinces of Ninh Binh will invite other experts of UNESCO to provide advice to send the preliminary assessment in September. To the February 1st 2013, this folder shall be sealed off for the final review by the UNESCO.
August 23rd 2012, this day commemorates the memory of unfortunate loves of a guardian of Buffalo and the daughter of the Jade Emperor. He was keeper of Buffalo, but full of contention, as he dared love the daughter of the Jade Emperor. Informed of this love, the Emperor however allowed the union of young people and generously granted them his blessing. But the two lovers completely gave to their passion, thus leaving one, his work of herdsman and the other, her occupation of silk spinner. This conduct earned them the grand celestial wrath and Emperor separated the two lovers by drawing together the Milky way. But every year, on the 7th day of the 7th month, he granted them permission to a brief meeting on the O Thuoc bridge thrown over the Silver River (Ng‚n-Hŗ) by the grace of the crows. Also, at this time of the year, crowns head is thin out of feathers by porter stones for the construction of the bridge of the brief encounter. And every year, in the days preceding the Festival, the spinner, all happy of perspective happiness, works with so speed that she floods the skies of flakes of white and velvety silk, called "son of the Virgin". On the evening of the meeting, she mourns her short-lived happiness, and beaded tears fall on Earth in the form of a fine rain, called "Mua Ng‚u" or rain of herdsman.
During this festival we made offerings and gifts for peace of the wandering souls, the forgotten dead.
It commemorates the proclamation of the independence of the Viet Nam by Ho Chi Minh on September 2nd 1945.
The September 2nd 1945, on the Ba Dinh square in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh proclaims the independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, strongly supported by the OSS. Emperor Bảo Đại, having abdicated, became a "special adviser" of the first Government of the Republic.
On September 24th was held the ceremony of sacrifice dedicated to the Ondin.
Do Son (Đồ son, spelled Doson at the time
of the French Indochina) is a Vietnamese beach resort on the shores of Tonkin
Gulf, in South China Sea. The
city is located at
Itís to Do Son that this ceremony is held. The offerings are the contribution of fourteen surrounding hamlets. Each hamlet provides in this day a Buffalo, a pig, a bucket of sticky rice consisting the set of offerings. Then among Buffalos, six are selected for the combat and presented to the genius during a procession
Although the feast takes place only on one day, the preparations for this festival require 7-8 months for all Do Son canton. The preparation of Buffalo is done in two steps: purchase of Buffalo and breeding of the Buffalo rearing. Today, this holiday is being modified to make it easier and more attractive for many visitors.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††
A destination to discover: the Duong Lam village, a national relic
Duong Lam village, in Ha Tay province, about
The Cambodia French Institute organize
the Lakhaon festival ("theatre" in khmer), intended for "participate
in the rebirth of the various forms of theatre in Cambodia", for promote
both traditional and contemporary theatre in renewing the national directory.
The Lakhaon festival from September 6th to 9th 2012 also
seeks to foster exchanges between artists and the troops "from different
cultural backgroundsĒ. The festival offers adaptations of French pay in khmer,
as well as theatre in French.
To see in different theatres in Phnom Penh (Chenla, Chaktomuk...).
Itís a whitish stem of thirteen feet long, released from the bottom of a mare in the province of Pursat (West), which has already attracted at least three thousand people. The piece of wood is credited with healing powers, and could also bring good fortune to anyone who has the chance to touch it. The rumor spread like wildfire, as often in Cambodia, and since itís a permanent parade of gullible people responsible for offerings, chickens and other heads of pigs, in the village of Prey Yeang. The dead tree crystallizes all the hopes and all fantasies. Some pilgrims go to sprinkle and rub the wood with talc in the hope to see the winning national lottery numbers. The story of a villager who won this game after touch it was the start point. "I try to tell people that this isnít magic, but they donít believe me." They believe it, that's all. "I can't stop them," said the Director of the provincial Department of cults and religions. Other visitors cover them from mare mud in the hope of being cured.
In February, itís an anchor of ship of the nineteenth-century common sense cure diseases which had defrayed the Chronicle in Phnom Penh. Regularly, Cambodia is facing popular superstitions that wild passions of the population, predominantly Buddhist but still very attached to the animist cults, as this "magic" turtle that had disrupted the daily routine of a small peaceful village in the banks of the Mekong in 1998. There still, Cambodians gave to the animal the power to heal people.
Located between the province of Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand and the Cambodian province of Preah Vihear, the new border between the two neighboring countries should be open. This border opening had been decided last month during a meeting between the Prime Minister of Cambodia and his Thai counterpart. Permanent, the border will have the name of An Ses. It will be used in priority for trade of agricultural products. The Cambodian and Thai people can borrow it every Tuesday and Thursday. At present, the two border countries were 23 permanent crossing points. They are also planning to open more borders including in Oddar Meanchey province.
The boulevard that runs along the Royal Palace was called Sothearos in the early 1990s. He had been baptised Tou Samouth, founder of the Communist Party of Cambodia, then Lenin, to remain in the movement.
At the same time, the Sisowath Quay, which runs along the River, was once known as the Lagrandiere dock before to become in first the Terak Vitei Preah Bat Sisowath Quay and then Karl Marx quay, to finally become again Sisowath. To the port there is a beautiful colonial House (a survivor), become a restaurant, the Chinese House. The street, perpendicular to the dock, along the House to the street of France was called, in the early 1900s, street schools then Pottier street. She was called then no. 12, before becoming the Vitei Neary Khlahan (street of the courageous girls), known as the number 84.
128 Street called in his youth the Annamese cemetery Street, has become under Vietnamese occupation khmero-Vietnamese friendship Street to be today the Kampuchea Krom.
Finally, few are those who regret the disappearance of the street of Marshal Philippe Pťtain, simply become 86 Street.
The 2012 Agenda: Here is a sample of the holidays don't miss over Southeast Asia
Tournament of Polo on
elephant "King's cup ""2012 from
September 5th to 11th, on land adjacent to Anantara Hua
Hin Resort and Spa
Ok Phansa and Thot Kathin: October
Regattas: ocOctober to Thot Kathin, Nan, Phichit, Surat Thani, Nakhon Phanom, Pathumthani. Act. Loy Krathong : full moon in November
Feast of the elephants at Surin : third weekend of November
The bridge on the River Kwai week: Late November - early December
Anniversary of his Majesty the King: December 5th
Makha Puja: Full moon of February
Songkran (New year Thai): April
Royal ploughing ceremony: may 9th in Bangkok
Party rocket: Mid-May to Yasothon (northeast)
Visakha Puja: Full moon of may
Anniversary of her Majesty the Queen: August 12th
TET FIESTA (new year Chinese or Vietnamese): February
TET FIESTA (new year Chinese or Vietnamese): February
The Mandalay Mahamuni Pagoda Festival: February
Da Sy around Hanoi day: February
All the dates mentioned are subject to change