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Known as the temple of the bodhi tree, Wat Si Chum was built in circa 13th Buddhist century. The highlight is the graceful Buddha sculpture enshrined inside the remaining structure of the square mandala building. Located 1,500 meters from the north of the Wat Mahathat, Wat Si Chum is surrounded with the long moat acting like a boundary. Parts of the temple were ruined through the test of time but the remaining structures, including the ordination hall and pagodas, can be archaeological evidences that portray the heydays of Sukhothai when it was a great kingdom. For further information, call 1672
The Phi Ta Khon Festival is part of Buddhist merit-making holiday called ‘Bun Luang’ or ‘Boon Prawat’. This year’s festival will take place in July in Dan Sai district of Loei Province. It is a belief that this annual Bun Luang festival is related to the thirteen sermons of Prince Vessandorn where local people will gather at the temple to listen to the sermons recited by the monks. There are also various activities such as the parade of people who dance and strike poses while wearing huge masks made from carved coconut-tree trunks, topped with wicker work and sticky-rice steamers, various performances from local people along with bazaar where OTOP goods can be found. For further information, call 1672
The curry buffet makes popular eating during rushed lunch hours with a mix of pre-prepared dishes set out and ready to feed traffic from nearby businesses and offices (not so different to familiar school and work canteens of the west). Curry buffets are found in food courts, shop houses and of course as Bangkok street food and dishes range from curries to stir fries with a diverse mix of cheap eat Thai cuisine on offer. For visitors they also make an ideal introduction to local Thai cuisine with so many dishes to chose from and all at tiny prices. The best times to eat would be between 11am-12pm, just after the food has been prepared, yet before the hungry hoards take the best bits.
Let's Eat! = Gin-Kow (กินข้าว)
Hello / Good-bye (for men) = Swad-Dee Krub (สวัสดีครับ)
Hello / Good-bye (for women) = Swad-Dee Kha (สวัสดีค่ะ)
Where is it? = You-Te-Nai (อยู่ที่ไหน)
I / Me (for men) = Pom (ผม)
I / Me (for women) = Chan or Di-Chan (ฉัน หรือ ดิฉัน)
Want = Ow (เอา)
Do not want = Mai-Ow (ไม่เอา)
Foreigner = Fa-Rang (ฝรั่ง)
Hungry = Hue (หิว)
Full = Im (อิ่ม)
Spicy hot = Ped (เผ็ด)
Hot (temperature) = Ron (ร้อน)
Sweet = Wahn (หวาน)
Water = Nam (น้ำ)
Chicken = Gai (ไก่)
Egg = Kai (ไข่)
Pork = Moo (หมู)
Beef = Nua (เนื้อ)
Shrimp = Goong (กุ้ง)
Fish = Pla (ปลา)
Vegetables = Pug (ผัก)
Dessert = Kong-Wahn (ของหวาน)
Restaurant = Rahn-Ah-Haan (ร้านอาหาร)
Delicious = Aroy-Dee (อร่อยดี)
Thank you = Kop-Khun (ขอบคุณ)
Thank you very much = Kop-Khun-Maag (ขอบคุณมาก)
Let's go = Pai (ไป)
Toilet = Hong-Nam (ห้องน้ำ)
2018: Great Personal Power,
Strong Social Conscience
For Fire Signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius), are nonstop clever and creative all year long. The year begins with Uranus in Aries and Mercury in Sagittarius. All three Mercury retrogrades happen in fire signs (Aries in March, Leo in July and August and Sagittarius and Scorpio in November and December), so there's little chance of playing too loose or free with anything or anyone important. In November, Jupiter enters Sagittarius and boosts good luck for everyone, especially fire signs. The lunar north node in Leo lends a karmic touch to everything you do, so be attentive and respect your time. It's valuable.
Water Signs (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces), maintain high ideals with Neptune seated in Pisces. The powerful Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Scorpio ushers in 2018 and assures that those ideals are achievable and worth the struggle. In October, Venus turns retrograde in Scorpio and tones down any extreme emotions. Your sensitive (and psychic) outlook will be the voice of reason all year long. In numerology, 2018 is the big number two. It is more than challenge or conflict. It is also the creation of material reality. To make fabric, you need the warp and the weft. To get anywhere, you need to pass through a crossroads. Be intrepid, pragmatic, and smart. The year gives you all these qualities in abundance, plus some!
For Air Signs (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius), get the jump on everyone with the moon in Gemini as 2018 begins. You'll be fully engaged and involved with scores of issues, groups, and inspiring individuals. A solar eclipse in Aquarius in February empowers your public involvement. A lunar eclipse in July (with an Aquarius full moon) punches up your emotional commitments. The lunar south node in Aquarius lets you draw on successful habits from the past. In November, Venus concludes its retrograde period, so watch for progress in any stalled romance.
The Earth Signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn), are well anchored with Pluto in the heart of Capricorn. The sun and Venus in Capricorn give you extra authority in career and public realms. Make great progress here. Mars is retrograde from March into July, starting in Aquarius and ending in Capricorn. You may rethink some lines of action, but by the end you'll be well organized and eager to move ahead. Saturn is home in early Capricorn all year long. Rash decisions or social missteps should be few and far between. Make great practical use of every single day.