Religious belief plays a massive part in how Thai’s live their life and many of their national holidays are steeped in religious and historical significance. Buddhist holidays are often wonderful, moving occasions with much of the celebration held at local temples. One holiday that is unlike any other, anywhere in the world is the Thai new year, Songkran. Also known as the water festival, the water signifies the cleansing of everything to start new again.
Held over three days in April, Songkran turns the streets into a waterpark. Everyone is involved in drenching the population of Pattaya via water pistols, water bombs and other flying projectiles. It makes for a great week.
The Sanctuary of Truth is Pattaya’s benchmark for temples in the area but there are so many more incredible sights nearby. A visit to a major temple is a must in Thailand and the Eastern Seaboard, although not known for its cultural attractions, has a wealth of different locations to explore with the family.
The Thai language is incredibly unique with its own alphabet and complex sounds making it a challenging but worthwhile task to try and understand. There are many language courses within the city at very reasonable prices. Many of these language courses have a culture component as well so you are able to learn about the history of Thailand and how this diverse and friendly people came to live in one of the most beautiful and popular areas of the world.
Lamai Piwthong is the owner and director of Pattaya Language Centre (PLC). The school offers TEFL courses as well as Thai language and culture courses to hundreds of students every year.
“Learning Thai language and culture is important because we have a specific way of behaving and conducting our lives. Foreigners who want to learn about our customs are respected in Thai society and will find it easier to live day-to-day. Thai language can be especially difficult to learn but very rewarding once you understand basic phrases. Our courses cater for all ages and nationalities and we have many components which are informative as well as entertaining.”