Thailand – Land of Buddhas and Buckets…

Arriving to Bangkok to see one of your best buds is both a blessing and a recipe for disaster! Hitting Khao San Road (backpackers haven) we immediately went to testing the rumors of how cheap the booze really is. Even with Khao Sans inflated prices you can still get big beers for 1.50, not bad! A bucket is what it sounds like…one bucket, four straws and lots of the good stuff….

But cheap and amazing pad thai is what it’s really about! 30 Baht for a Full plate ($1).

Dancing with the locals on Khao San

Or maybe it’s the entertainment? Bboys on Khao San? Ping Pong Show?

I mean, you have to get right into the culture right?

But other than cheap clothes and cheap food, Bangkok has more to it than that. Culture lurks around each corner, and even taking a 5 minute walk around the corner led us to see a young Monks inauguration ceremony. Do they really know what there in for? But for the family this is a great honor.

The Buddha’s come in big small, skinny, tall, reclining, sitting, eating and smoking…. As we were explained, they’re all the same – so chubby Buddha from china (the one we’re most used to) is no different from Thailand’s skinny Buddha’s. What IS cool is the ceremony behind these gods. See the picture below for what I mean.

Tough right? And It’s not molasses…. Apparently you pray to these guys for luck or prosperity, and if your lucky enough to get your wish you must return to the god and place heroin in its mouth for thanks….yes heroin, or so we were told…. How badass is that?!

Ceremony is huge in Thailand. And it’s everywhere. You will often see incense burning alongside a cup of coffee, maybe some pineapple, a melon or even a cup of Yogurt. These offerings are to certain gods for protection, luck and wealth. Each day, offerings are placed outside with specific prayers, depending on the persons needs. Thais are very spiritual in nature with a strong belief in the unseen spirits. Each shrine can seem similar but may be very different in its significance. So when in Thailand, or asia for that matter, and you see a mango laying around outside a household….don’t eat it.

Young boys and their first days into becoming a Monk

Word to the wise, when you travel Bangkok, or anywhere in Thailand for that matter, do your research before you go. I hate to say scammers, but everyone is out to make an extra dollar (even the gov’t). Lucky Buddha day is EVERYDAY. If they say a temple is only open for today, they’ll say that tomorrow too. If you take a gov’t tuk tuk – great price (all over town for 20 Baht) you need to suck up your time at the “worlds greatest tailor shop” and say no thank you because I don’t think travelling the world with a new Armani is all that sensible.

But DO dive into the culture. Learn to pray at the temples, always be respectful and continue to learn as you go.

When this god grants you luck, you must return and pay homage to it. -Bangkok-

Advertisements
Tagged ,

3 thoughts on “Thailand – Land of Buddhas and Buckets…

  1. CHARMAINE TIBBO says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and am Thankful you are safe and having a great adventure. So enjoy the blogs . It makes me feel as if i am there.
    Travel on and looking forward to more updates.

  2. $1 Paad Thai…you’re killing me! I hope you find a cooking class to take – so much fun and it means we can enjoy great Thai food now that we’re back home too! Cheers!

  3. Dad and Loretta says:

    In Nfld for weekend. Keep pictures coming.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: