The rains continued on and off all day so I was confined to barracks engrossed in research. Suda returned to Bangkok from Japan on Saturday and it appears she had a very good time so she was in fine form. She has already seen potential suppliers and we are communicating over strategy. Paul, Kevin and I seem to be clearing up the communication and project management problems and preparations are underway for the September Fair in Bangkok. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 26→
My new research assistant, Pueng, has excelled herself again. Following my discovery of the bird singing contest she, assisted by Wikipedia, has come up with some very interesting information on that and other pastimes or sports that are not commonplace but found in Thailand.
Muay Thai started way back in the medieval ages when wars were fought with bows and arrows, swords, and pikes. And in hand-to-hand combat arms, legs, knees, and elbows were also used as weapons. This sport which was included in military training was made famous by King Nareusan 1560 A.D. During one of the many battles between Burma and Siam he was captured. The Burmese knew of his prowess as the best unarmed fighter in the realm and gave him a chance to fight with their best for his freedom. On his return to Siam he was hailed as a hero and Siamese-style boxing, as it was called then, was soon recognised as a national sport. Boxing in this style reached the height of popularity about two hundred years ago in the reign of Prachao Sua (King Tiger), when it was widely practised. Fighters, particularly those in provinces, used horsehide strips and later kelp in lieu of gloves. It was also a practice at one time to grind pieces of glass into the kelp if both contestants agreed. Since these practices were obviously dangerous to the fighters’ health, regular boxing gloves were introduced around 1960 and have been used ever since. Muay Thai is regarded by Thais, as a prestigious national sport. Thai boys will, intentionally or unintentionally, learn how to box Thai style and even girls will know enough of the basic principles to be able to use it for self-defence when necessary. Muay Thai, called Thai Boxing by foreigners, is the national sport and is now getting more popular in many countries, especially in Japan where a large number of young Japanese are now being trained to fight professionally. But in Japan this fighting is called ‘Kick Boxing’. At present ‘Kick Boxing’ is internationally known as a Japanese martial art. Many believe the true name, ‘Muay Thai’ should be retained internationally as the Japanese terms Kendo, Judo, or Karate have been. There is no clear evidence to show the time of origin of Thai-Style boxing and it can only be assumed that Thai boxing existed since the Tai peoples emigrated from the South of China. Continue reading 15 WEEKS – THAILAND DIARIES – EPISODE 24→
It’s impossible to give a general estimate of what it costs to live in Thailand because it depends on where you live, your needs, desires and resources. Are you a traveller or are you planning to stay. You can read a plethora of articles on this subject, some of which may get you diving into the store room for your suitcase; others may make you bolt the front door and hide in the broom cupboard. They can be useful as a rough guide but sometimes, for me, they can be too generic so I have approached the subject in a slightly different way. Continue reading What is the real cost of living in Thailand?→