An interesting phenomenon in Thailand are the so-called Thai Arts & Culture Centers. These centers or programs come in various forms—as private initiatives, governmental supported organizations, vocational schools, or home-stays—but what they all have in common is that, at one location or place, you can get a touch and feel of a b [ Read More... ]
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This morning, I read that a date has been set by the Thai military Junta (led by General Prayut Chan-O-Cha who’s also the current prime Minister of Thailand) for democratic elections. Currently, it seems that elections will be held in February 2019 (at latest May 2019). That’s, in fact, almost 5 years after the military coup of May 201 [ Read More... ]
When I first heard of Thai spirit houses, I found them fascinating. I hadn’t been to Asia yet, and the whole concept really captivated me. Specially since I always thought of Thailand as a strictly Buddhist country, and being totally ignorant about the mysticism and superstitions present in Thai culture until today. Thailand is in fact a very [ Read More... ]
A known fact when it comes to being a Thai massage therapist is the connection made by the general public between (Thai) massage and the offering of sexual services, commonly know as “Thai Massage with a happy ending.” Especially for Thailand, the common idea is that commercial sex work manifests itself in Thai massage shops (and also [ Read More... ]
For ten years now I’ve been going forth and back to Thailand yearly, sometimes staying a month, sometimes a few months, sometimes quite a bit longer. In fact, I always went to Thailand to study Thai Massage and Reusi Datton, well—except then for the first time when I was just a “normal tourist” backpacking through South-East As [ Read More... ]
For the upcoming Songkhran festivities in Thailand (the Thai New Year’s festival), the Thai Government has some wise advice for Thai women: “To avoid sex assault, don’t be sexy.” The source of this statement is a Bangkok Post news article from March 22, 2018, an article which somehow hit the global headlines, although this is certa [ Read More... ]
Without doubt we live in extraordinary times. All so-called “sacred knowledge” and most of what used to be secret and kept within “esoteric circles” has in some way or the other materialized on the public stage. I suppose it’s due to the continuing globalization of human and environmental affairs, driven by a dazzling develop [ Read More... ]
In Thailand, the expression “same same, but different…” is a widely used and well known slogan. Its origins are quite interesting because it’s a hybrid of Thai and Western outlooks. The Thai would say “same same” but as time passed by and tourism grew, Westerners (Farangs) added “but different” to it. [ Read More... ]
The famous “Thai Smile” is a mysterious phenomenon. It can mean five different things: a genuine smile of sympathy, a gesture of contempt, a cover of anger, mockery, or simply not knowing the answer to your question. For us, as foreigners, it’s almost impossible to know what a given smile beholds. But often we will find out afterwards anyway& [ Read More... ]
A country, a people, with a beautiful, strong, and proud tradition. A place where “losing face” is as important as eating, sleeping, and shopping, but where “losing face” increasingly means “losing tradition.” Just a few years ago I thought—maybe only hoped—that the Thai would be able to integrate old and new, East and Wes [ Read More... ]