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. 

 

Making a monk

In the villages, most Thai men become monks at some time in their lives.  It may be just for a week or for many years. The role of monks is completely integrated into and an essential part of Thai society.  These ceremonies are quite frequent in the villages and if there is one on during your painting or photography holiday we will take you to watch or join in. 

In the village monk making ceremonies are common and there is a chance of joining in one.  The man is prepared for the ceremony in a fine costume and then driven around the village.  Issan music is played loudly from a truck and as the procession proceeds you can join in with a happy crowd of people, some drinking beer or Thai whisky, some dancing with their hands in the traditional Thai way.

As the crowd winds its way around the village we collect money from houses and stop vehicles and motorbikes for donations, sometimes exchanged for a drink of beer.

It is dusk by the time we reach one of the Wats (temples) in the village and we wind around it three times.  The music has stopped but there is a loud hum from cicadas in the surrounding trees.  Its a magic time as we deliver the monk to the temple.

When these ceremonies are happening in the villages we can arrange for you to join one as part of your painting holiday

Waree's two nephews Edt and Note having their hair cut when they were made monks recently.  The girl on the right is Waree's niece Pang who helps at the guesthouse 

Waree's mother cutting Note's hair

The young men being blessed with water

Now they are monks