Thailand is considered by some to be the heartland of Buddhism and the Buddhist temples are a common architectural feature of the country. They range from the grand and the splendid, to the old and the ruined. Monks walk the street in their saffron coloured robes and the cool night sometimes carries the sounds of bells or chanting. One does not have to be a follower to be influenced by the spirituality that resonates n the air. Enter Thailand, and embark on a meditative journey of self discovery.
With a population that consists of a wide cross section of faiths, Thailand manages to find harmony amongst such diversity. Some citizens embrace the festivities of all religions equally, and so do some tourists. The Asalha Puja, is celebrated annually on the full moon day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, which usually falls on July. The day is a commemoration of the Buddha’s very first sermon, delivered at Deer Park, India, and the government of Thailand has declared it a public holiday.
It was on this day that the teachings of the Buddha were first revealed to his disciples, and is a day of great significance to Buddhists. Asalha Puja is celebrated by paying respect to elders and offering food to the spirits of ancestors. After prayers, the rest of the day is taken up by musical and cultural shows, sports competitions, beauty contests, and culinary demonstrations. One of the best places to witness the celebrations is from Si Kao, which is south of Krabi. Si Kao is renowned for its beauty, with the climate remaining warm throughout the year. The exquisite town offers plenty of secluded beaches, waterfalls and lakes, where visitors can savour the splendour of the nature.
Staying at Krabi Villas in Si Kao allows guests to take part in many festivities. The Anantara Saiko, Thailand, is the ideal choice for visitors looking for luxury accommodation. A gem among all Krabi resorts, its location by the Andaman Sea, allows guests to enjoy gorgeous sunsets. Along with the gentle sea breeze and the excellent spa, you have all the ingredients to get in touch with your inner self.