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Traditional Thai wedding

A traditional Thai wedding is as rich as the country’s ancient rituals and customs which attract the rest of world. Even today, a traditional Thai wedding performed with the ceremonious way their ancestors did, both in rural and urban areas. The wedding takes place in several ceremonies performed from morning till night with great celebrations. Many foreigners also fly to Thailand to tie knots in a traditional Thai wedding ceremony.

 

 

Thai wedding
Thai wedding

Traditional Thai Wedding: The Morning Ritual

Although the actual wedding is legalized through the registration at the Amphur Office, the traditional Thai wedding ceremony starts early in an astrologically decided auspicious day. The morning ritual features a procession lead by the groom with his relatives to the house of the bride or wedding venue. This segment of a traditional Thai wedding is for bringing gifts and tokens to the bride and her family. Many perform the ritual before the wedding day as a proposal ceremony and to pay homage to the bride’s family and to her ancestors. The next part is to offer foods to the monks invited to bless the couple. After that, the couples and the relatives make merit to place the traditional Thai wedding as a successful one.

 

Traditional Thai Wedding: The Gate and the Shell Ceremony

The “Gate” or “Door” ceremony is the fun but inseparable part of a traditional Thai wedding. The sisters and other female relatives of the brides block the way for the groom to enter bride’s house with a “Silver” gate and then a “Gold” gate. The ladies hold a silver and golden ribbon, thread or chain and let the groom go when he offers them with fair amount of money. This ritual in a traditional Thai wedding stands for the capability of the groom for the bride. The following ceremony is often taken as the key event of a traditional Thai wedding and that is the “Shell” ceremony. Here all the relatives of the couple pour holy water enchanted by the monks using a conch on the hands of the couple to purify and bless their relationship.

 

Traditional Thai Wedding: Evening Celebrations

By the time the “Shell” ceremony ends in a traditional Thai wedding, it is almost end of the day. So, the evening party starts with cutting the wedding cake in urban areas. In the rural areas, the traditional Thai wedding is quite simple yet joyous. The party continues with music, dance and all the other fun-acts. The celebrations of a traditional Thai wedding involve all the guests and may last up to late hours.

 

Traditional Thai Wedding: The Bridal Bed and Closing Customs

The final custom for a traditional Thai wedding is preparing the “Bridal Bed”. When the newly married couple enters their nuptial chamber, they find an old married couple sitting on their bed with other tokens of prosperity and fertility. This ritual in a traditional Thai wedding is to pass on their successful married life’s essence to the new couple. Among the last rituals of a traditional Thai wedding, presenting the bride’s family with “sinsod” or dowry is a major one. This is performed to show the groom’s competence.

 

There might be some additions and exclusions in a traditional Thai wedding through out Thailand, but the basics remain same to celebrate the couple’s new life.

Klong Son Beach is good for:

peace and quiet

sandy beach

fishing

 

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Klong Son beach (or Had Klong Son) is located on the north of Koh Chang. Nice bay at the very top of the island. Pure white sand stretch of beach, shaded with coconut trees. Klong Son gets very low numbers of visitors with the bulk of the backpackers and tourists alike speeding south enroute to Koh Chang's finer and more popular stretches of sand.

White Sand Beach is good for:

night live

sandy beach

variety of restaurants

shopping

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Koh Chang's most famous stretch of sand, at over 2km long there's certainly room for everyone! Lined with bungalows, food stalls and shops this is one of the best beaches in all of Thailand.

Klong Phrao Beach is good for:

tranquil surroundings

gorgeous rocky landscape

all sorts of activities

quiet and peaceful

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Situated on the somewhat less glamorous, northern side of the Koh Chang Island, Klong Prao isn’t all that much of tourist destination, especially for those who are in need of a true holiday experience of the exotic kind.

Lonely Beach is good for:

great sunset

cheap and peaceful retreat

all sorts of beach activities

perfect for family

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Also known as Kai Bae Beach, this is the spot to catch a great sunset! A few small shops and food stalls are along the beach, a good spot to chill out away from the crowds at White Sands Beach.

Bangbao Bay is good for:

fishing

seafood restaurants

shopping

nightlife

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A well-sheltered bay with a small and quiet beach. It is a fishing community where residents still live in houses built on stilts and are connected by wooden bridges. There are a growing number of tourist shops, scuba dive outlets and seafood restaurants offering a good selection of seafood.

Salak Khok Bay is good for:

pretty, unspoiled area

traditional Thai community

kayaking

quiet and peaceful

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There aren’t so much attraction in Salak Kok, but tourists can Kayak among the mangroves. Salak Kok Bay still has a fishing community that doesn’t change so much in many years, a great place to see the real traditional Thai community.

 

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