One of the most popular tourist attractions in Loei Province in the winter months is the Poinsettia Garden. This can be found at the entrance to the Phu Rua National Park. The leaves of the poinsettia plant turn from green to red under special circumstances and are often used for Christmas displays. This flower garden is very popular with Thai tourists during the cooler weather in Northern Thailand from the end of November until the end of January. People travel far to take pictures here.
There has been a regular Children’s Day in Thailand since 1955. It is held on the second Saturday of January every year. On this day, many places open their doors to children for free or at a reduced rate. For example, zoos, theme parks and museums. Other places that don’t normally open to the public will open on this day. Such as Parliament, Government House and military bases. It is the latter which seems to be very popular with many kids and their parents. The children get to handle guns and climb up and over tanks and helicopters.
Most tourists who visit Phuket spend most of their time on the beach. In doing so, they are missing out on the beautiful Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket Town. These colourful buildings date back to the start of the 20th Century. In 1994, Phuket Municipality designated the old section of Phuket Town on Rassada, Phang Nga, Yaowarat, Krabi, Deebuk, Thalang and Thepkasattri roads as a conservation area and prohibited buildings of more than 12 metres high. In addition, many roads in this area have had their power and telephone wires buried underground.
One of the most amazing temples in Suphanburi is Wat Phai Rong Wua. Around the grounds there are reproductions of buildings marking the locations of important places in the Buddha’s life. There is also the largest concrete Buddha and this Standing Buddha, which is said to be the largest Bronze Buddha images at 26 meters high. As well as many Buddha images of all shapes and sizes, there is a Buddhist Hell where you can see what will happen to you if you sin in this life.
It is traditional for Thai men to ordain as Buddhist monks at least once in their life. Some consider they are not real men until they have done this. In the past, men would ordain for three months when they have reached the age of twenty. However, with a modern lifestyle, it is not always easy or convenient to ordain for a long period of time. So, some do a token ordination into the monkhood for less than a week. Nevertheless, the ordination ceremony, which lasts for two days, can be very elaborate. Here a young man is being escorted to the local temple by family and friends on the back of a horse.