I would like to thank Soo Srisuda for her assistance in writing this article.
Someone is present to take calls, make reservations and handle the daily business from 7 to 7. There also is someone to schedule tours, trekking and to assist you with any transportation needs you might have, plus everyone speaks English and other languages. This guesthouse is one of the many in Chiang Mai. I have stayed at probably two dozen in Thailand and maybe 6 in Chiang Mai in the past year.,
The official name for the Tribal Museum in Chiang Mai, Thailand is the Northern Ethnicity Learning Center. His Majesties, the King and the Queen of Thailand have addressed, with assistance, certain areas of need in Thailand. They formed the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security and through the years have personally involved themselves and other members of the Royal family; in this case, developing policies and implementing activities for the benefit of the Hill Tribe People. The Tribal Museum was established for the advantage of hill tribe people, in a way providing assistance for their social development through education and hill tribe welfare. Read More…
The youtube video above shows Ajarn Nun Phakdee teaching about solar power in Thai and English.
Looking for a way to power a water pump and supply electricity, where there is no power in this remote area of Thailand, the choice was simple; solar power. Never having the chance to have solar power because the cost was prohibitive, Thailand has made the impossible possible. The entire system, excluding the water pump itself is costing less than $3,000 U.S.! Thinking of no electric or water bill turns me on, I will be happy thanks to Ajarn Nun.
Ajarn Nun Phakdee is well known in Thailand as the foremost expert in affordable solar power. He’s not the person sitting in a class room teaching from a text book, but travels to different locations designing, creating, building and installing solar systems throughout Thailand. Ajarn Nun doesn’t have a regular crew he pays, but teaches people interested in learning about solar power hands on. As people learn by doing he has created a massive following, trained to install and maintain their own system. As he travels to different locations to install solar systems he posts where he will be and different people he has helped show up to give him a hand as volunteers, all continuing to learn as he directs the installation, each person learning more all the time. He seems to delegate the work as if he were a symphony conductor, at ease with everyone. Ajarn Nun speaks some English and has a good personality which makes everything happen smoothly.
The experience of learning and being part of his operation is truly rewarding. What a blessing to have met and learned from such a teacher as Ajarn Nun. He can be found on YouTube and on Face Book, search for Phakdee Nun.
Photo by Vichai Napuo
Deep in the heart of the area called Isaan, in North East Thailand there is a man on a mission. His name is Vichai Napuo, to draw and photograph birds is his passion. He has a place he calls Young Bird Conservation Club.
Vichai’s storage room at the school
Essentially this is a free school for children to come and get to know birds; what they sound and look like, photographing, drawing, painting and developing a love for them.
Here is a group of students with Vichai teaching
Vichai guides students to open their minds and explore birds in his local habitat, a rice paddy where he lives and teaches.
One of his out buildings where parents can wait for their children
He silk screens and hand paints T-shirts with great looking birds on them and paints murals with birds of Thailand.
The club house can be found near Chaiyaphum, in a village named Baan Thamafaiwan. Vichai would love to talk birds with you, he speaks some English and welcomes visitors.
This youtube.com video shows the life of the mosquito and what it can do to you
Every year there are an estimated 1,000,000 cases of Dengue Fever reported worldwide. The tropics and subtropics are usually where you find this mosquito plague and Thailand is getting it’s share of cases this year. Thailand’s warm, wet climate is an especially good breeding ground for mosquitos.There are two more months of the rainy season and I have seen the number of deaths on the June report indicating 59 dead so far, but that was 3 weeks ago.
This virus is caused by a mosquito bite and there is no medicine or antibiotic for treatment. The virus lasts from1 to 2 weeks with no vaccine available. According to the World Health Organization 12,500 people die each year from it worldwide. The young are prime for the virus from ages 14 to 24 getting it more often than most others. An ineffective immune system is opportune for getting the virus at any age.
Here is a youtube.com video showing the life of the Dengue Fever
Dengue Fever is related to Yellow Fever and West Nile Virus, each causing their own problems and Malaria infects people of all ages worldwide every minute. All and all, any symptoms should not be ignored and medical assistance should be found when a high fever, vomiting, bloody nose or gums, headache or muscle pain ensues. Some people get swollen glands and joint pain, others get exhaustion. The fever is a strong indicator but nothing out of the normal should be ignored.
A doctor should give you a CBC or Complete Blood Count checking for viral antibodies or presence of infection. Mosquitos have killed more humans than any other thing on earth. If you are coming to Thailand bring some spray you have used before and feel confident about it’s effectiveness, you may not be able to find exactly what you want, but there are many choices.
It is my understanding, the Dengue fever mosquito only bites in the daytime and has stripes around its body, for easy identification.
After looking around the internet I came across this web site, explaining why mosquitos bite some people more than others. I never knew there was a reason, but I have been around some people that just don’t get bitten as much as I do. Take a look and learn the facts: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/science/2013/07/why-do-mosquitoes-bite-some-people-more-than-others/
In Don Tan, Thailand, a few kilometers from Laos, living near the Mekong River in the Isaan section of North Eastern Thailand is a man named Morkaew. His name is known through out Thailand, where he has led group healing camps of 200 to 300 people each month, for the past 6 years. Morkaew teaches groups of people how to heal themselves naturally, by controlling what they eat, exercise and detoxification of the body. Read More…
As time moves on, now the end of 2013 is here. Political problems abound as the intensity of the hour continues to grow.
For the last ten years the man simply known as Thaksin has been ruling the country as Prime Minister. Having been caught manipulating several statutes, he was convicted by the courts and sentenced to prison for 2 years. Rather than serve his time, the billionaire fled in his private jet and has been in exile since 2006. Unable to re-enter Thailand without going to prison he has had three Prime Ministers acting for him as he controls Thailand from a distance. His latest Prime Minister, a younger sister without any qualifications and is a laughing stock to those not on Thaksin’s payroll. The majority of Thailand is oblivious to all that is going on and many high officials are paid off.
Thailand waits as Christmas passes and the hope of peace finds the crowd in Bangkok thankful for another day. Yesterday 2 people were killed in a protest, outside the building where the registration for new candidates hoping for a seat in the new government, was being held. At the present time the government has been dissolved and awaits voting for new members of parliament as well as a new Prime Minister. The protesters hope to enlighten the citizens to the truth before elections, these times are tough on the people as the government is using it’s current power to pocket revenues. Hope builds a bridge between hate and love for the best, in a land of political turmoil. Constitution Square, the meeting ground for the protesters, resists the tyranny pushing itself on them as they will welcome, with open arms, the country they remember and don’t want to loose.
On December 22nd the Protest Crowd Estimated at 4 Million Participants