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Archive for July, 2011

To Be or Not to Be Posted by on Jul 28, 2011

Today I’m going to talk about a very fundamental word in the Thai language, เป็น bpen1, which means ‘to be’.

Trekking Through the Thai Jungle – Part Two Posted by on Jul 27, 2011

After our night in a tiny village, we headed back out on our hike through the beautiful Thai jungle in Chiang Mai. Throughout the morning, our incredible tour guide Book continued to regale us with tales of his life, mixed in with plenty of jokes and useful tidbits of information about the jungle and everything…

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Trekking Through the Thai Jungle – Part One Posted by on Jul 23, 2011

After a day of bouncing around the city of Chiang Mai, we signed up for a 3-day, 2-night jungle trek with a small group. Our leader for the trek introduced himself to us with his English name – “Book… like the Jungle Book.” He was all smiles and full of jokes, and from the very…

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The Haves and Have Nots of Thai Posted by on Jul 21, 2011

The word ‘to have’ มี (mee1) in Thai is very important to learn and understand.

Thai Religious Tattoos Posted by on Jul 15, 2011

If you’ve been to Thailand, you’ve probably ridden a taxi where on the inside roof above the driver are funny little squigglies and wondered what they meant. These are religious protection markings, like a charm or blessing. The markings aren’t really Buddhist, but you’ll see them interconnected with Buddhism due to the superstitious powers they…

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Ayutthaya Video (Part Two) Posted by on Jul 11, 2011

Finish up a day of temple hopping in Ayutthaya with afternoon trips to Wat Phra Si Sanphet and the Grand Palace, as well as the riverside Wat Chai Wattanaram. After that, we were off on an overnight train headed north for Chiang Mai.

Ghosts in Thailand, part 3 Posted by on Jul 10, 2011

continuing with the short list of the more popular ghosts . . . pee5 bawb1 ผีปอบ – The word bawb2 ปอบ means ‘evil’. Any ghost can be evil. Remember the movie The Ring? Yeap, that’s a pee bawb. And the spirit inside of the little girl in the Exorcist? Also a pee bawb. Or the…

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