Respect and good humour: how to be culturally sensitive in Thailand

By Marisa Chicarelli Thailand is internationally renowned for its beaches, nightlife, festivals, and all other sorts of fun. But fun doesn’t mean being culturally insensitive. Although Thailand has the reputation in some quarters as being uninhibited and fancy free, in actuality, Thais can be quite socially conservative. With a little respect and a good sense

Loy Krathong: Thailand’s festival of lights and rivers

Every November, Thailand’s rivers, canals, lakes, and ponds, and even sometimes swimming pools and fountains, light up with beautiful floral creations, sending wishes and hopes for blessings and forgiveness into nature. Loy Kratong, which translates loosely to “floating basket”, is celebrated on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai