Ko Phangan Local Customs

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    Family Pet???

    by LakeFever Written Sep 6, 2008

    I have no idea why the Thais feel that cagging up wild animals so they can look at them is ok.
    For 10 days these birds sat just where you see them....the cage was 2 meters by 2 meters......we saw a couple other properties with cagged eagles........of course, monkeys on leashes is old hat in Thailand.

    NOTE: this was owned by the Madam who ran Starlite Bunglows.....maybe having birds tied up made her feel superior!

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  • No bikinis off the beach!

    by girllrig Updated Mar 19, 2008

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    Every single guidebook says this yet still in the little Thai village I stay in are idiot tourists walking around in string bikinis. Some of them even go into shops or restaurants like this! This is SO RUDE in Thai culture, and even though the Thais will probably not say anything to you since they are generally non-confrontational people, they will look down on you. DO NOT WEAR YOUR BIKINI ANYWHERE BESIDES THE BEACH. It is not so hard to wrap a sarong around yourself, and the locals will appreciate you for it. Topless or nude sunbathing is a no no as well. Please respect the country you are in.

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    Songkhran

    by JohnandSuzie Written Sep 13, 2007

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    This event is over a few days in april the hotest and dryest month.......it is normally over a few days but once in Pattaya a few years ago it went on for 2 weeks........
    Basically the whole country erupts into big water fights............you will wherever you are get wet in doors or outside...........don't bother changing into dry clothes you will just get wet again even battles rage while driving down the road and accident rates go up.
    Its mad but fun and if you think it will annoy you after a while then miss this time of year or stay in your hotel room.................thats exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Chedi Wat Nai

    by austarman Written Jan 25, 2007

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    Chedi Wat Nai
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    Chedi Wat Nai is a beautiful little Pagoda located on the side of a small paved road, just off the main road leading to Thong Nai Pan from Ban Tai Pier. You’ll spot it just before you arrive at the coconut factory. It’s right in the middle of the coconut plantation, whose owners happen to be very warm and friendly farmers.

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    Chinese Temple near Chaloaklum

    by austarman Updated Jan 22, 2007

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    About 5km outside of the fishing village of Chaloaklum is this Chinese Buddhist temple on the road to Ban Maduwan and Thong-sala and on the right hand side.
    It is not signposted very well except for a small sign at the actual driveway to it.
    It is sitting on the top of a hill on the way out of Chaloaklum and not far past the Elephant trekking place.
    This temple is very new and very colourful and they have recently spent a lot of money in here.
    The architecture of the buildings, the statues and the views make this a very good off the beaton path trip to make.
    Also interesting is the story of the Chinese lady (Mrs. Malawan) who had a dream that she should build a lighthouse for the Chaloaklam fishermen and then raised the money to build the temple as well.
    A very interesting temple and it seems no expense was spared in it's making.
    (See attached website for more info)

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    Wat Kow Tahm (mountain cave monastery)

    by austarman Written Jan 20, 2007

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    Climb the steps to Buddha
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    This is a international Meditation monastery retreat with 10 and 20 day retreats for international meditation students.
    There are many temples and Buddhist images here set high in the hills in a thick jungle setting above the village of Ban Tai.
    The monks here can speak to you in English and the views looking back towards Thong-sala are breathtaking.
    Put some insect spray on yourself before you go!

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    Things arent always as they appear!

    by LakeFever Written Aug 29, 2006

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    Boston Cream Thai Style

    Quite often in Thailand you arder something fomr the menu or pick something up from a street vendor and you get something pretty different from what you'd expect......of course cultural differences play a part - we all know that - but be open and ready for a surprise! In this case I bought (what I thought) was a nice freshly baked egg bun or bread or something or other.....they looked so fresh I bought four.......back at the bungalow I was so proud of finding this little thai bakery in the back alley of town - so to speak..........take the first proud bite AND......what is this???? In short, some sort of green filling........
    And the million dollar question?? Was it good?? Ummmm, not really....well not at all.....one bite was it!...Ive got an open mind, but this wasnt going to cut it......The best part about everything was just how hilarious the whole scene was.
    I ended up giving the rest of the donuts(?) to the cleaning lady....she was happy happy!
    Things arent always as they appear!
    Have fun.

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    Dont be pushy

    by LakeFever Written Aug 1, 2006

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    hmmm, is the BBQ lit

    Thais (although hardworking) do tend to take it on the relaxed side......compared to here in North America.......sometimes they just stand around and chat.....your food will get there eventualy.....if its not going your way.....even mild "hurry up" will have negative results.....be patient, be fun and youll get somewhere.

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    Take your sandals and shoes off.

    by LakeFever Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Leave em anywhere.
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    Its easy, when approaching a private establishment - restaurant, store, bar or home, be sure to leave your shoes outside the door. Sometimes this isint required but many times...on the islands for sure, be sure to leave your shoes outside. Obviously local customs prevail....its nice too....thais are clean...little sand inside.

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    eating at guesthouse.

    by kenteh Written Aug 23, 2005

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    generally if you are staying in a guesthouse, esp those lower budget, homey ones... try to eat at least a meal or two from them because it's the only few ways the owners can supplement their income. the time spent there was a nice lazing time because we could eat, the lay down and just chill the lazy afternoon away.

    in a sense it's homecooked food and authentically delicious and cheap, rather than westernised thai food found in the more commericalised part of town.

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    Helper Monkeys!

    by alvis Written Dec 22, 2004
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    You will sometimes see in Thailand monkeys being used to help farmers collect coconuts or used for other tasks.

    The monkey in the photo was found alone in the jungle as a baby who had lost its parents to poachers. The man that found it then brought it up as his own as it would not have survived alone at its age. Making the most of a bad situation.

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    Getting off the boat

    by Teledude Written Jan 5, 2004

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    Aggressive selling

    You will be handily accosted by a mob of guides, cab drivers and others who want you to go with them to their resorts or use their cabs or whatever. You can't avoid going through them but please just be firm but polite. They are just trying to make money by the only means really available. They are aggressive but there's no need to be rude. Just relax enjoy being in Thailand.

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    Ghost Houses

    by TinyTuck Written Nov 23, 2002

    In Thailand you will find those so-called Ghost Houses anywhere! They are provided with fresh flowers, insense, and gestures of respect every day in order to comfort the bad spirits!

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    Looking down towards Haadrin...

    by Steve-H Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Looking down towards Haadrin and sunset beach.Not a ride for the unwary, its a long way to a tarmac road but the locals fly up and down regardless.

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