Tour the Khao Yoi Cave Wat
where King Mongrut (RAMA IV) spent his early years in meditation. His life story
was the basis of the
multi acadamy award winning film, "THE KING & I"
With Bangkok a few hours to the north, a regional airport and train station nearby, the hot topic of Thailand is definitely the elite beach resort & fishing village communities of Hua Hin/Cha'am. There are various reasons why Hua Hin has become a magnet for artists, musicians, sunseekers, students of Buddhism, and visitors from around the world who wish to escape and experience the rich culture and laid-back lifestyles. This is not necessarily true today in 2010 because of so much growth this past several years- it has become quite busy, but is still a worthwhile but somewhat more costly experience. You can stay in nearby Cha-am and save money while enjoying it's unique quaint atmosphere and you'll be close to both Petchaburi and Hua Hin.
recently new western style home construction and a real estate boom have created
a relatively inexpensive opportunity for foreigners to purchase vacation and
retirement homes - particularly snowbirds from Canada and Scandinavia
- this past year, Hua Hin's first modern 'shopping mall' opened which has drastically
changed the economic climate for the traditional mom and pop corner stores.
There are trade offs for these conveniences - busier street traffic and a general
increase in the cost of living. Nevertheless - compared to other places - Hua
Hin remains relatively peaceful and crime free . . . offering leisure living
hardly found elsewhere in the world.
As dramatic changes have swept through Thailand and Southeast Asia in the last fifty years, Buddhism has been both highly conservative and radically innovative. Thai monk Buddhadasa Bhikkhu expressed both aspects when he called for a life of contemplative simplicity and social engagement to counteract the pressures of modern materialism. It was Vietnamese monk Thich Nhat Hanh who first gave the name Engaged Buddhism to this form of religious practice. Engaged Buddhism was his answer to fellow Buddhists who asked, as the Vietnam War raged, if they should continue their meditation practice or work to stop the war. The engaged Buddhist response unites these two paths the path of meditation and the path of work to relieve social suffering.
The Buddhist Studies Program in Thailand draws on Webster Universitys strengths in International and Religious Studies to explore the complex social reality of Buddhism in Asia today, offering students a first-hand opportunity to investigate the many ways in which contemporary Buddhists engage their changing social world - through grassroots activism as well as through art, ritual, philosophy, institutional reform, and political debate.
Webster International University offers courses in accounting, Asian studies. Business Admin. & Mngmt, Media Comm. (Radio, TV, & Film), Computer Science, Communications, Culture, Human Res. Management, History, Journalism, Literature, Psychology, Religious Studies, International Relations, Political Science/Politics, English as a Second Language the cost in US$ approx. $11,000/semester
The hot topic of todays gulf of Thailand is the tropical resort paradise seaside village of
besides the famous seafood and Night Market - you'll enjoy an excellent Thai Dinner Show Restaurant with
Thai Classical Dance and Thai Jazz Performing Arts all in Hua Hin
click watch to experience the Tropical Theme International Hua Hin Food Festival tour video. The event is celebrated yearly in Hua Hin
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Hua Hin, Thailand offers some of southeast Asia's best rates on Thailand vacation packages, hotel accommodations, discount tropical resorts, and fun sun adventure tours to romanticl getaway destinations!
Hua Hin, Thailand
traditional Thai Wat in the center of Hua Hin
The Hua Hin - Cha Am community offers the ultimate in relaxation plus numerous activities including;
six worldclass golf courses
cultural dance entertainment
music art crafts
local street shopping
night markets for food and shopping
It's also an ideal sunbathing mecca for the international traveler or just to cool out with evening walk along a deserted white sand beach plus there's the infamous 'ultimate golf experience', photo & nature tours, cave tours, elephant trekking, backpacking, mountain trails, waterfalls and the royal white sand Hua Hin beach.
snorkeling, windsurfing, kite boarding, scuba, fishing, and more all available locally & close to Hua Hin.
Don't miss Monkey Island near Pranburi south of Hua Hin
Experience the world famous destination Chiva Som Hua Hin Holistic Health & Nature Spa Resort retreat
Thailand is extremely rich in tradition, culture, religion, and philosophy. Many of the Thai health spas and herbal massage treatments and potions go hand in hand with the ancient Buddhist concept of a body-mind-spirit alignment for healthy, happy existance.
"Wats" in Thailand are some of the most beautifully adorned and well
kept sacred temples one will find throughout Asian countries which comprise
about 100 million people of Buddhist faith in the world. Thai's practice the
'old school' of Theravada
Experience the mellow moods of exotic Trang . . . & cruise the beach scene at Samui's best kept secret gardens
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Thailand has absorbed many influences from the Chinese and Indians as well as neighbouring countries such as Laos, Burma, Vietnam, the Philippines and Malaysia. Music is extremely important in Thai culture, especially in Buddhist activities, animist rituals, Brahmin ceremonies and so on. Popular Thai music includes the luk thung and the morlam. This is very cool interesting almost latin feel music.
In Traditional Thai music, the seven equal notes of the Thai scale fall between the cracks of the western piano keyboard. There is no notation and everything is memorised. Thai Classical music can be traced back to stone engravings during the Sukhothai period (around 1283 AD). The music was developed to accompany classical dance-drama (khon or lakorn) or shadow puppet theatre (nang).
The principle gong-chime ensemble of Thailand is the pî phat. The sound of the pî phat is very distinctive and can sound strange and monotonous to the western ears with it's metric regularity and unchanging dynamics. The repertory is typified by regular, repeating rhythmic figures (usually in duple metre). The phrase organization punctuated by gong or cymbal strokes, while very similar to that of Javanese and Balinese repertories, is much less elaborate. Three basic tempos are used; slow, medium (twice as fast) and fast (which is twice as fast again). The pace is marked by the cymbals (ching) which is one stroke per bar in the slow tempo, two in the medium and four in the fast.
Pi phat is one of the loudest of the Thai ensembles. Other quieter groups include the mahori (with gong chimes, xylophones, fiddles and spike-fiddles, zithers, flutes, goblets and frame drums and cymbals). The khruang sai is softer still (with fiddles, zithers, flutes, goblet and frame drums, cymbals and gongs).
There are regular dance and classical music performances in Bangkok at the National Theatre and daily shows at the Vimanmek Palace.
Thai Traditional Musical instruments are known as pi-phat are very similar to the Indonesian gamelan based on percussion instruments and include the gong circles, xylophones, drums and an oboe called the pi-nai.
A large outdoor pî phat ensemble usually includes at least one pair of each of the main instrument types; gong chimes (Khong wong yai, khõng wong lek), xylophones (ranãt ék and ranãt thum), metallophones (ranãt ék lek and ranãt thum lek), barrel drums (taphõn, khõng that), cymbals (ching, chãp lek, chãp yai), a gong (mõng) and shawms (pî nai, pî nõk), which lend the ensembles their name. Smaller indoor groups have fewer melodic percussion instruments.
The instruments by their nature have a limited dynamic range so that the relative loudness may best be adjusted by the listeners who can move closer to or further away from the group.
Thai folk music is referred to as pleng phua bahn which encompasses styles from Central, North, North-eastern and Southern regions of Thailand. There are sixty one different languages and dialects overall. Thai folk music is in contrast to classical repertoires. Examples are the hill tribe New Year dances in the far North, the all-night singing jousts of the Northeast mor lam glawn and the Muslim vocal music of likay wolou in the deep South. The North-eastern bong lang is up-tempo and danceable and the name originates from a wooden xylophone that is vertically attached to a tree. Bong Lang is ancient and is thought to predate Indian-Thai culture. The phin hai instrument (which is a jar with rubber stretched across the mouth) was introduced into the style during the 1970s. The sound is similar to that of a double bass.
The music of the Pwo Karen people of North Thailand is linked to poetry. "Mae-tae" is the local term referring to music which literally means "poeming" and indicates that words are more important than music. Most songs have a specific function, for example drinking, courting, funerals or lullabies. The only Pwo Karen instrument is a side-blown buffalo horn. One form of Thai country music is known as Luk Thung.
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