12 strange experiences only Thailand offers (Part 2)

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>>12 strange experiences only Thailand offers (Part 1)

Eating body parts made of bread

If Halloween had an official bakery, Kittiwat Unarrom’s would be it. What appear to be severed human body parts covered in blood are actually loves of bread. Kittiwat is the son of a baker and has been making such creations since 2006. He explained in 2010 on CNN: “My family is in the bakery business and I learned to bake when I was about 10. I want to speak out about my religious beliefs and dough can say it all. Baking human parts can show the audience how transient bread, and life, is. Also, my bread is still bread no matter how it looks.”

Eating body parts made of bread (via The Post-Mortem Post)

Climbing up a “sticky” waterfall

What makes the Bua Tong waterfall outside of Chiang Mai unique is that the water flows over tiers of porous limestone. The surface of the limestone has an almost sticky feel that creates great traction with skin. As a result, you can easily walk up the waterfall without slipping.

Meditating at the Beer Temple

In 1984, Buddhist monks started collecting beer bottles to recycle and eventually decided to use them as building material for a new temple: Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew. Over 1.5 million bottles of Heineken and Chang beer were arranged in intricate patterns to build the temple over a lake, as well as a crematorium, prayer rooms, hall, water tower, tourist bathrooms, and several small bungalows for the monks.

Beer Temple in Thailand (via Wikipedia)

Stealing a cursed black pebble from Koh Hingham

The tiny island of Koh Hingham might be uninhabited and scarcely visited, but according to Thai mythology, the gods, especially Tarutao, decided to adorn the entire island with precious stones. However, a curse seems to have been placed on the island too, to prevent visitors from removing even the smallest pebble. Each year the National Park office that manages the island receives dozens of stones returned via mail, sent back by people who want to lift the curse.

Riding the Death Railway

The 415km (258mi) Burma Railway, known as the “Death Railway,” was built by the Japanese in 1943 to connect Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma. Forced labor was used in its construction. Around 90,000 Asian laborers and over 12,000 Allied POWs died as a direct result of the project from malnutrition, sickness, and exhaustion.

Death Railway (via Pictures Thailand)

Meeting the Kayan Lahwi

The Kayan Lahwi, also called the “long-necked hill tribe,” are a subgroup of the Karen, originally from Eastern Burma. Many of these tribes have found refuge in Northern Thailand where they live in “tourist villages,” which helps them keep their culture alive. The Kayans are famous for the brass rings that give the illusion that their necks are stretched long. In reality, the rings, which are actually brass coils wrapped around the neck, distort the growth of the collarbones by pressing down on the rib cage.

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