If you spend sometime travelling to areas outside the main cities of Thailand, you might need to understand a few customs and traditions. The above image shows a statue placed in a natural park. The park is a picnic spot that is well maintained, it is safe and you never hear of robberies or other hazards. However, on seeing a statue of other monument you will need to show some respect for local thai customes. There was a recent incident where a German couple were arrested for having sexual intercourse in an ancient Thai temple! This really has nothing to do with tradition, it is a rude and unpolite behaviour that cannot be tolerated in any society. Such behaviour would never be tolerated in a German church, so all we can say is that the couple did something terrible that no civilized person would do or condone. Coming back to monuments and statues, behave decently and make sure that you are properly dressed if you get very close to the statues. Many places are clearly marked with instructions but language is a major issue here. It is unlikely that you would find signs in languages besides Thai and English.
Friday, January 2, 2009
If you are considering a holiday in Thailand, spend some time reading about the history, culture and famous places of the country. But, once in Thailand stop living by the book and try something unusual. It helps if you have someone locally to guide you around but, you could also consider spending half a day visiting some place that you hear of locally. One such place could be a waterfall or natural park a few hundred kilometers outside the bustling Bangkok city. The above image shows fish in their natural surroundings. While this is nothing strange, what we found to be quite strange was that the fish seem to be enjoy spending time on the big rock that you see in the image. These fishes were not swimming back and forth but almost seemed to be 'perching' on the big rock. And if this was not enough, the fish ate long green beans (also called string beans). You could actually hold the long bean into the water (hold the other end in your hand) and watch the fish come and bite at the bean. As you enter the natural park, you will fund a few vendors selling those beans. The park authorities strictly followed the regulations and allowed no food inside tha park EXCEPT food that could be fed to the fish!