Hip Guide to Thailand

Thailand is a country with many wonders. Thailand’s beaches, culture, food and friendly people attract travelers from around the world. The Hip Guide to Thailand offers highlights of the country, and contains many tips for making your stay here more rewarding.

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Public Holidays in Thailand

Public Holidays for 2006 in Thailand include:
January 1 New Year’s Day
April 6 Chakri Day
April 13 0000 to April 15 0000 Songkran Days (Thai New Year)
May 1 Labor Day
May 1 Mid Year Day (Banks only)
May 5 Coronation Day
May 7 Royal Ploughing Ceremony
August 12 Queen’s Birthday
October 23 Chulalongkorn Day
December 5 King’s Birthday
December 10 Constitution Day
December 31 New Year’s Eve

After the Tsunami

This business on the beach in Patong, Phuket was hit hard by Tsunami

On Decemeber 26, 2004 a large Tsunami hit the coasts of Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. The southwest coast of Thailand was hit hard. Hundreds of people lost their lives, with damage to business along the shore in the billions of dollars. The affected areas include the popular tourist destinations of Phuket, Krabi, outlying islands like Koh Phi Phi and Phang Nga, the province north of Phuket.

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Ko Samui

Laid Back Mae Nam Beach

Once upon a time, Koh Samui was known only to adventurous backpackers who would spend days taking long bus rides and a long ferry ride to arrive on this tropical island paradise. They would shack up in a primitive bungalow on the beach for weeks at a time, blissed out on the sun, sea, sand and tranquility of this remote island.

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Drugs in Thailand

The Thai government recently launched the third phase in its unrelenting war on drugs, this time focusing efforts on the Thai borders and small time dealers at bars in Bangkok. The last two phases in this war on drugs saw thousands of Thais lose their lives in what the government called gang wars, but the truth is not clear and justice is nowhere to be found.

The wars and their associated crackdown have had a chilling effect on the Thai subcultures that surround drugs, including marijuana. Once upon a time the Thai people were afraid of nothing, and extremely tolerant.… Continue reading

Thai Massage

Healing House – Chao Phao Beach, Koh Phangan

World weary travelers are always happy to disembark in Thailand where relief from travel stress, aching muscles or a bad back is just a massage away. The Thai people mastered the art of massage centuries ago, and are more than happy to share their knowledge of the human body with visitors.

Thai massage is based upon the principle of Chi, which is the flow of energy through the body. Tension blocks the Chi, resulting in an imbalance of energy, and dis-ease. By focusing their massage on pressure points, they can release the blocks and allow the Chi to flow easily again, thus restoring your body’s health and putting a smile back on your face.

Traditional Thai massage flexes your limbs while applying pressure to specific points. This increases the blood flow to the area and stretches your muscles. Some of the positions may cause discomfort at first if you’re not in good shape or have a physical problem which should be mentioned at the start of the massage so they can be more careful where necessary.

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