Thailand Painting Holidays

paint on the banks of the Mekong River

A wonderful combination of painting tuition and Thai culture in a small guest house on the banks of the Mekong River at Phon Phisai in NE Thailand.  During the dry cool months of October to January each year the guesthouse provides a combination of painting tuition and Thai rural culture experience to 4 guests each week.

The visits are individually tailored to provide the level of tuition and Thai experience that each visitor seeks.  This website contains details of the tuition, experiences and facilities together with prices and booking facilities. 

 

At the Wat (temple)

Whatever religion you have there is something magic about visiting a Buddhist Wat.  There are many wonderful temples in Phon Phisai and even the village of Ban Pho has three. 

They all have gorgeous golden decorations, serpents, dragons and of course Buddhas.  When you visit them, apart from looking at the rich ornamentation and wall paintings spend some time in contemplation.

You take off your shoes of course before you enter and kneel before Buddha, then wei three times bowing to the ground.  Putting your feet towards Buddha or others is a sign of disrespect in Thailand so you always sit with your feet facing away from Buddha. 

There are many activities associated with paying your respects to Buddha.  Lighting incense sticks and leaving them burning, lighting candles and offering flowers.  My favourite is letting small birds out of their cage so that they can fly away to freedom.  This is not only symbolic but deeply satisfying, despite the knowledge that they will probably be caught and sold again in another small cage.  Such is the circle of life for the small birds.

 

There is always a big gong or drum that the monks sound in the middle of the night and the monks in their saffron robes going about their daily activities. 

Visits to temples are a must during your painting and photography holiday and if you are not sure we can show you the appropriate etiquette. 

A monk blessing our pickup.  There is great discussion about which is the best Wat to get your motorbike or pickup blessed at, as they have different safety records.   They throw water on the vehicle and draw a strange complicated mandala on the roof lining