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. 

 

Weddings

Our wedding

In rural Thailand when people get married they have a traditional village wedding.  If there is a wedding on and you would like to go, we can probably get an invitation so you can go to one during your holiday discovering Thailand.  I don't fully understand the ceremony as of course it is in Lao/Thai but I will show some aspects with photos from our wedding and others we have attended. 

Money is an important aspect of a village wedding and before the wedding at the time of betrothal the bride and groom's families negotiate a bride price.  This can be very expensive depending on the value of the bride and the wealth of the groom's family. 

This is offset to some extent, as the bride's family pay for the wedding, but then the wedding guests make monetary gifts as well which the bride's family keep I think.  Meticulous  records are kept of the amount given by the guests and my understanding is that there is an obligation to pay back the amount at a subsequent wedding.

I had to go to another house to prepare for the wedding in much the same way as a western wedding.  When I was all dressed up in hired gear the ladies wanted to pose with me for our wedding photographer

I had known Au since Waree and I met.  Au lives in UK now.  She spoke a little English so she was assigned to assist me through the service, which I quite enjoyed.

The groom is escorted to the bride's house with much noise and dancing.  Note the Thai whisky which contributes to the merrymaking.

When he groom reaches the bride's house he has to have his feet cleaned before he can enter

After having his feet cleaned his way is barred by two ladies who demand money before he can enter

Usually the groom has to pay only once but in my case my way was barred by more ladies demanding money.  Its about this time that the groom begins to understand the meaning of this symbolic introduction to Thai marriage.

Records are kept of the wedding gifts

A village elder conducts the ceremony which commenced with counting of money which I think was mainly the bride price or dowry.  The man with the microphone announces the amounts to the assembled guests and half the village through a PA system.

I am not sure if the wedding ring is traditional or just because I wanted to exchange rings.   For most of the ceremony I didn't have a clue what was going on.

Everybody is bound together with magic string

I don't understand the meaning of these wonderful creations which you see at all weddings

The groom kisses the bride of course.  This may be another western custom as kissing in public is frowned upon in Thailand

The village elder who conducted the ceremony ties magic string around our wrists

Then everybody ties the magic string

"something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" was the saying ever truer.  She looks so beautiful and he makes her look even more beautiful.