Sai Sin Strings on a Temple in Kut Chap
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Temple Festival in Kut Chap

Since Nong visited me in Vientiane I stopped over on the way to Bangkok in Kut Chap. She did pick me up in Udon Thani and then we drove to the village. Kut Chap (Thai: กุดจับ) is a small village with about 9000 people some 24 kilometer outside of Udon Thani. Looks like everybody know her here. So we had lots of fun every evening with her friends – eating somewhere and drinking some Whiskey with Soda and ice.
The first night when I was there was a temple festival at the outskirts of town. So we went there before dinner

String Temple

The white string or Sai Sin is used in ceremonies such as prayers during Buddhist holidays, making of amulets, house blessings and some more. These strings transfer the benefits of the blessing directly down to the participant. Those strings that are connected to a Buddha statue hang down from above and people wrap them on the top of their head. The head is the holiest part of the body.

These white strings will then be cut into small pieces after the blessing ceremony and attached around the wrists of visitors for good luck.
I did not see another foreigner at the festival and I guess not many come – so one monk gave me one of the cotton string balls for good luck on the spot. Thank you Mr. Monk!!!

White Strings

Temple Action
It was really full – and when we left more and more cars and bikes still pull in. And I never saw that many Lady Boys in one day!

Happy Man
Happy Man

1 Bath each
One changes paper and gets coins – then you donate the coins – one in each bowl.

Showtime! Lots of blah blah blah before than the dancing and singing started.

Many People watch the Show
Soooo many people!


After two or three songs these Lady Boys came on stage and started to tell jokes. We left to get some food.

Monk go round
Merry go round – temple style

Happy Seller
Loads of food and refreshments all over the place

Happy Seller

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  1. Woah – the strings around the temple look surreal and make for quite nice photos! What a unique experience. It is always fun to be the only foreigner in a crowd, and I guess you probably couldn’t blend in if you tried?

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