2017 - Asia Backpackers

June 13, 2017

The New King of Thailand

Following in the Footsteps of Greatness – The New King of Thailand     King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun: มหาวชิราลงกรณ บดินทรเทพยวรางกูร) was born 28th July 1952, in the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall of the Dusit Palace in Bangkok. He is the only son of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit’s four children. Like his father[…]

June 12, 2017

Spirits of the Yellow Leaves – Walking into oblivion

The Mlabri are a first world people, currently going through a transformation process, which has taken others thousands of years…… and which could cost them their identity.     Most articles written about Thailand’s smallest of tribes, (who have been called “the most interesting and least understood people in Southeast[…]

April 13, 2017

Ceremony to Return a Wandering Soul

Thai people and their beliefs in multiple souls and the Basasii Ceremony   The baasii ceremony is an important part of Lao/Isaan culture, known as Baci in Lao and in Thai as บายศรี, (pronounced bai si) and su Kwan (Thai: สู่ขวัญ, pronounced: su khwan) loosely translated means “calling of the soul.”   Few people of northeast Thailand would consider[…]

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