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. 


New Year's Eve

Waree's family shop in Ban Pho stocked up ready for the New Year.  Note the petrol bottles next to the beer bottles.  Waree's father pumps petrol from 44 gallon drums into soft drink bottles which people buy to empty into their motorbikes

As they are Buddhists, Thai people do not celebrate Christmas except in the shopping centres which are Westernised.  The big event is the New Year.  Originally the Thai New Year was at Songkran,   which is still celebrated, but 1st January is now the official New Year.

As at Songkran, people from all over Thailand return to their villages for the New Year and its a time of music, drinking and dancing.  At midnight everybody in the village lets of fireworks, especially rockets and roman candles.  Living in a country like Australia where fireworks are banned, I always enjoy being able to buy very cheap and spectacular fireworks and let them off in the street. 

It always seems strange to me but Thai men like to drink heavily in the mornings and then sleep off the rest of the day.  Some of the following photos show the local people across the road from our shop in Ban Pho enjoying New Year's Day.

Its an exciting time to have a painting and photography holiday with us in NE Thailand but also our busiest so book early.