Local Muay Thai Boxing with Patrick

Muay Thai boxing is something for some people and for others is something else. This post is about Patrick and his fight - the rest of the night will be posted on the blog - Things To Do.

Patrick trained with a local gym near to my home in Borae managed by Jaroon.

Patrick was prepared for his fight by the man who helps us with the garden.

So we started with Wai Khru which was performed by Patrick - much to the support and enthusiasm of the Thai people in the stadium - Nick from Australia did not do much at all - maybe this is something which gives the boxer 'merit' in a fight?

The bell sounded and the fighting begun - Nick was a pretty mean looking man and at some times looked like he was trying to 'dare' Patrick to make a hit - he didn't...

Preferring to keep his arms up and make a prepared kick.

Patrick certainly was taller!!

At the end of the round Patrick was prepared for the next round by the trainer.

Ouch! Nick took a kick to the body and to his head.

That must have hurt - but he didn't show it!

Ouch! Got Nick again.

Now there was blood - the Ref called a TKO (technical knock out)

Patrick won 



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Breakfast out, beaches and monkey cave

We all had a day off so we chose to go out for breakfast - it was a long time ago but we decided to visit Bake again - the review will be here later - but it was not the same as we remember...

Then back on the road to the beaches. We first stopped at Layan beach - somewhere we also had not been for a very long time.

In fact - this was it.

This is what was there now.

But further along to Layan Beach there was a place called - Dream Beach - BUT there was nobody there at all - does it close?

Then we walked along the beach and met a tree snake...

We found a little road track...

I will have to find a little bit more about this little beach - I will add it the maps.

Then it was time for the next beach - this is Nai Yang Beach which is where all those cool photographs of what it looks like the aeroplane is very close. But it was far too hot to walk all the way along the beach...

So we returned to the car and drove further North - a strange fence all along the side of the road adjacent to the airport - because of the possibility of terrorists?

Then over the Sarasin bridge - always a nice place to stop. We did not visit a nearby Wat  วัดท่าฉัตรไชย พระอุปคุต or even 360

But we did visit a roadside restaurant selling Issan food (ล้านตำแซ่บ) - not the best (review coming) but we were on a mission.

Out came Swarm and we were on a mission - we were looking for Wat Suwankhuha (thanks Jamie) and Monkey Cave.

The reclining Buddha in the cave was wonderful and certainly a place to visit.

We walked carefully through this cave and into another one 
- more photographs to come here.

The monkeys did seem to be a bit more docile than the ones on Monkey / Telegraph Hill in Phuket Town BUT not sure that I would advocate doing this - but it was pretty cool.

We looked at them carefully instead - there are people selling nuts and bananas.

We then drove home stopping at a couple of beaches - looking for the 'Hot Springs' but were unable to find them - do you know about them? There certainly is a lot to explore in Phuket.

Thai Social Etiquette: Greetings

Any culture has it's book teaching the official version of 'good manners'. In Thailand, this book was published by the Royal Thai Ministry of Culture. Unfortunately, the booklet is hard to get. Therefore, we publish it's content here. This publication is remarkable in more than one way, not only for its level of detail (you might miss the advice to brush your teeth daily when in Thailand, however). This booklet is also seen as evidence for the spirit of cultural bureaucracy and education in Thailand.

Chapter I: Greeting
Thai Social Etiquette, Ministry of Culture, by Malithat Promathatavedi

In Thailand, people in general greet one another with the word Sawatdi. This word can be used at all times of day. A male would add the word khrap and a female the word kha after Sawatdi to show politeness. The word Sawatdi can also be used when taking leave of someone or saying good-bye.
If the persons are friends or about the same age, the word Sawatdi alone is sufficient for greeting.  A wai is a gesture of pressing the palms together in the position of a budding lotus at chest level, with the fingertips touching the tip of the nose. There are three levels of wai.

1. For the Buddha images or the monks only

2. For parents, teachers, senior relatives, and the elderly

3. For respected persons in general including persons of the same status

I you are interested then read the whole article - I have not seen it other than on this link.