Today is Visakha Bucha Day, but to many of us, it's the start to Thailand's favourite activity: a holiday that grants us a long weekend! Visakha Bucha is a three-in-one commemoration of Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death, so good Buddhists will probably be spending this day doing noble things like making merit, abstaining from immoral behaviour, and refraining from killing the fly that keeps buzzing around them.
However those of us who have strayed off the Middle Path and missed the stop for nirvana long ago may be viewing this three-day weekend differently. Considering that this is our last public holiday for a while (there are approximately 83,520 minutes till our next long weekend in July, but thankfully that's a four-day one!), let's relish in all the exciting things to look forward to.
1. While others may be heading out of town for a mini-cation, Bangkokians should prepare themselves for the amazing sight of empty roads! Traffic-free streets are about as rare as Thais who don't take pictures of their food, so use this magical time to accomplish all the things you have to do. Even better, you won't have to deal with all the usual road-ragers who look like they want to run you over every day of the year, except for times like today when they remember they're all supposed to be Zen-like Buddhists.
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