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Twenty One Photospheres (surround) images taken near our arts guest house on the Mekong river In NE Thailand. I provide painting tuition on our terrace overlooking the river and with my wife we take our guests to many interesting places to experience the local Thai/Lao culture
Click on the images to change them. Drag within an image to see the full surroundings. Click on the 'Views' text to see these wonderful full sized surround images. They are linked together around the town of Phon Phisai, Nong Khai, Isaan (NE Thailand). That is Lao you can see on the opposite bank. Its an amazing area to explore.
The monks have bare feet even on a cool winter's day. At the time we open our arts guest house in NE Thailand it is the cool season when the weather is magnificent cool, dry and sunny every day. In the village people light small fires as you can see in the background. If our guests wish to give to the monks we will show them how to. You should have bare feet and way to the ground three times as the monk arrives. He will give you a benediction. Women are not allowed to touch monks. Come and stay with us to learn to paint and experience wonderful rural Thailand on the Mekong River
We take our guests at Thailand Painting Holidays to Waree's (my wife and your co-host) sister's rubber plantation where we have lunch amongst the quiet tall trees. We show you how to cut the trees, collect the rubber in cups, add acid and then take it to the buyers.
This shows the plantation owners queuing up with their rubber to sell it to the buyers with their big trucks
In NE Thailand thai people usually sit on the floor to eat. They have many dishes on a rush mat. These mats are used to sit on for many occasions such as watching dancing shows, sitting in the back of a pickup or sleeping.
The mats are made from reeds picked at one of the many lakes, they are dried, died and woven into the mats. At our Thailand-painting-holidays.com guesthouse we show our guests how to do this when they visit the village
In Isaan NE Thailand there are often song and dance shows that we take our guests at Thailand Painting Holidays to. This is a small one in the village but some are huge with magnificently dressed girls/boys dancing, a band (up above), comedians and lots of singers. We hired one for our wedding and it was incredibly cheap providing entertainment of the village.
People love elephants in Thailand and they are very much part of the national culture. Even my favourite beer Chang means elephant. It is quite common to see them in the streets and they come to the village so the children can have rides and feed them.
This is one of the many sights our guests see at our arts guesthouse in NE Thailand where I teach painting and we help our guests explore the magic of this Thai/Lao area where there are no tourists. My work can be seen at http://JeremyHolton.com and our guest house is at http://Thailand-Painting-Holidays.com
Children playing next to the family shop in the village. We take our guests to the village as there is always something happening.