Although very common in Phuket during the Thai Vegetable Festival, Yesterday, I finally witnessed the Chinese Taoist practice of self-mutilation right here in Pattaya. This group was going from business to business â€“ with strings of firecrackers before them, scaring off the evil spirits, sprinkling holy water and prayers. The official start of the Festival in Pattaya will begins today on Oct 12th â€“14th. I am not sure I will be able to get some shots as the traffic will be madding â€“ and I really hate crowds. Hereâ€™s a
of the group I saw.