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waht parts of thailand should i visit?
i went to a site and they said these 5 are the best places to go to
and i was wondering which places are the best places to go to during the time between Jan 27 to Feb 9.
also wanted to know how long should i stay in each of these places? because im a newbi and not sure where are the best places to go?
If your around during the full moon, go to That Phanom in Isan and enjoy the festival at the Wat in town. Lots of shopping, people watching , music and dancing. And you’ll be surprised how few westerners (Farang) are around.
Prathat Phanom Festival
Phra That Phanom Temple, Nakhon Phanom
This Festival, which last for about one week, takes place during the period of the full moon in February or early March. It is one of the biggest and most important festival for the people of the Northeast, both Thais and Laotians.
isan music thailand
This post is nothing deep — just a fun look at a few music videos.
thailand morlam music isan folkmusic
Uploaded by rasta1pastamdanne on Jul 13, 2007
Thai Candle Dancers & Isan Music
Uploaded by fishgofash on Jan 7, 2007
Traditional Thai dance with Northeastern (Isan) Thai music at Vientianne Kitchen restaurant in Bangkok (SkyTrain Station Thong Lor)
isan music in thailand
Uploaded by squarepants0 on May 4, 2007
Uploaded by resiri on Mar 20, 2007
From Wikipedia‘s article Isan:
The main indigenous music of Isan is mor lam; it exists in a number of regional variants, plus modern forms. Since the late 1970s it has acquired greater exposure outside the region thanks to the presence of migrant workers in Bangkok. Many mor lam singers also sing Central Thai luk thung music, and have produced the hybrid luk thung Isan form. Another form of folk music, kantrum, is popular with the Khmer minority in the south. Although there is no tradition of written secular literature in the Isan language, in the latter half of the 20th century the region produced several notable writers, such as Khamsing Srinawk (who writes in Thai) and Pira Sudham (who writes in English).
Mor lam needs a special mention as its festival-type production which is very commonplace in Isan, has not been exported to other regions. Although it is a very exciting affair, not being on the tourist trail it is largely ignored by foreign visitors. When the locals speak of mor lam (pronounced mor’ram with stress on the second syllable), one will often hear them say pai doo morram (lit. ‘go see mor’ram’). They are referring to the most common form of evening entertainment in the region. Somewhere, in a village within easy reach, there will be a mor lam festival on a Friday or Saturday evening. Usually, the rock-festival sized stage is constructed either in a temple compound or on a sports field. Thousands of people will sit on mats on the ground and watch the fun-filled program of variety entertainment. The traditional music and song is accompanied by extremely colorful choreography, executed by a group of up to fifty female (and some male katoey) dancers. The fantastic costumes are changed several times throughout the program, and the transitions are bridged by often raunchy gags, slap-stick comedy, and speeches by local dignitaries. A mor lam festival is a family affair and the area is surrounded by food and drink stalls.
1. Lai Lam Toei Sam Jangwa
2. Hua Ngawk Yawk Sao
3. Sutsanaen-Noeng Mode
4. Lam Phloen
5. Lai Pu Pa Lan
6. Toei Khong
7. Lam Doen Dong
8. Lai-Yai Mode
9. Lam Toei Thammada
10. Lai Ngua Khuen Phu
11. Lam Kio
12. Lai Phu Thai
13. Sutsanaen Mode
14. Kawn Lawng La
15. Lai An Nang-Sue
16. Imae Imae
I also saw the above album listed at CDUniverse.com…but they described it as Available from Amazon Marketplace, and would redirect an interested purchaser there.
1. Chiwit Sao Molam (Life of a Molam)
2. Pleng Peebah (Crazy Song)
3. Pleng Keh Sam Sip Sam Natee (33 Second Song)
4. Oaipon Tahan Chaiden (Sending My Love to the Border Soldier)
5. Wasana Gam Par (Could You Love Me?)
6. Ruk Mai Somwong (Broken Heart-So Let’s Dance)
7. Mai Ow Mai Ow (Don’t Want, Don’t Want-Marriage? No Way!)
8. Ahn Nai? (Which One?)
9. Pua Mao Mea Mao (Husband Drunk, Wife Drunk)
10. Lam Phun Keaogan (Year of Famine)
11. Molam Sing Tao Bahn Phun (Legendary Man of Bahn Phun)
12. Lam Thuy Ying Mora (Don’t Accuse Me)
13. Soong Nam Dondhan Saliga (The Sparrow and the Waterfall) [Khaen …]
14. Ruk Pee Deh Bun Mai Terng (Love the Man I Could Never Have)
15. Seangkhuan Jak Sao Nong Khai (Nong Khai Girl’s Lament)
16. Lam Phun Eun Sai (I Call for You)
17. Lam Phun Songlao Mao Ganja (Ganja Better Than Booze)
18. Sao Noi Makaleng (Young Girl from Makaleng)
19. Yung Phen Soed (I’m Still Available)
20. Sop Na Kap Mon (Cry into the Pillow)
21. Tzung Puthao Hua Tokmon (The Old Man and the Bad Pillow) [Soong …]
There are often vinyl records for sale on ebay, if that sort of thing interests you. They can be very reasonably priced, although I see a seven-inch 45 RPM described as a single of “TORANEEKUNSANG” by THE SON OF P.M. (whatever all that means) listed at $120 U.S.
If you would like to watch three further videos, a blog called Mood Organ includes three as a February 16, 2010, post titled Folk Music from Isan, Thailand.
A few further references of possible interest added as an August 11 (2012) post edit:
Subtitled: The North East Thai Violin Of Thonghuad Faited. Em Records returns to Thailand, this time back to 1970s Isan. For Em Records’ latest foray into unchartered musical territory, we are concentrating on the sor from …
Publish Date: 07/14/2012 16:37
Even though this region is now fully incorporated into Thailand and all residents are Thai, the Lao Isan language, unique diet, ritual and culture continues to thrive among this people group. What are their lives like? Most of the Northeastern Tai … Pray for those who will contribute to the production of culturally appropriate materials, art, music, and church forms that provide opportunites to which the the Isan may respond. * Pray that God will call forth teams of long term …
Publish Date: 07/24/2012 6:40
BANGKOK, 7 August 2012 (NN) – The National Warning Center has issued a warning for residents living in the upper North and North Eastern of Thailand to brace.
Publish Date: 08/07/2012 16:07
DJs Maft Sai (Paradise Bangkok) shift focus with his latest project, ‘Isan Dancehall’. With an emphasis on music built for sound systems, outside parties and the worldwide dancehall, from Kingston to Ubon, from Accra to Khon …
Publish Date: 06/20/2012 19:01
Nakhon Ratchasima, or Khorat, is a large province on the northeastern plateau and is like the gateway to other provinces in the Northeast of Thailand. The province is rich in Khmer culture and has a long history. It also has …
Publish Date: 05/15/2012 5:53
This time back to 1970s Isan, the heartland of Thailand!! TIP! For EM Records’ latest foray into unchartered musical territory, we are concentrating on the ‘sor’ from Thailand, the traditional two-stringed violin that is a mainstay of Isan musical …
Publish Date: 03/28/2012 12:58
Music video from Isan or Northeast Thailand. The song tells how Isan people sustain lives by utilizing environment surrounding them. Besides, the song presents us the process of rice planting. Tagged as: Guesthouses in …
Publish Date: 05/05/2012 1:19
Isan Folk Music
Uploaded by SongAtUO on Mar 9, 2008
Isan Folk Music Troupe
Place: Mahasarakham University, Thailand
Instruments: Pong Lang, Khaen, Phin, Kong
Performers: Mr. Phalan and his troupe
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