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Waxing lyrical for lent

Forget extravagant candle festivals this year and instead head to Nan province for a simple wax offering. On July 13, two days after the full moon, the folks in Wiang Sa district will offer small candles to the Buddhist monks.

Like almsgiving, this unique yet original candle offering has been an act of virtue since the early 1800s. With the monks staying in their temples for three months during the Buddhist Lent, the candles will be using for learning and practising Buddhism by night.

Hospitality with Hansar

Hansar Samui has now awarded the first two scholarships to local students for a year-long course that includes classes in English, customer service, finance and management as well as practical on-the-job training. Each student will have a one-on-one mentoring with a member of the hotel's management team. The scholarships have no extra charges attached and Hansar Samui provides uniforms and three meals a day for the students. Upon graduation in March 2015, the hotel will hold a celebratory ceremony for the students and assist them with finding employment.

On their trail

How fast can you run in the woods? Find out by signing up for the annual Columbia Trail Master on July 6 Kaeng Krachan National Park in Phetchaburi province. The race offers four different challenges: 50, 25, 10 and three kilometres. For more information, visit www.AMA-Events.com. Call (02) 718 9581-2.

Candles in the wind

In Ayutthaya, central of Thailand, the small riverside community of Ladchado, celebrates the Buddhist Lent on July 11 with beautiful floats and candles along Ladchado Canal. The event features a spectacular festival that sees the Lenten candles carried to temples in a long and colourful procession of boats. Tucked away in Phak Hai district, Ladchado is about 40 kilometres west of downtown Ayutthaya.


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