Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni is Thailand’s first fully ordained female, Theravada Buddhist monk. Photo: Tibor Krausz

Thailand’s rebel female Buddhist monk on fighting sexism and her religion’s male monopoly

  • Bhikkhuni Dhammananda, 75, helped ordain eight women monks in 2014, only for Thailand’s ruling Buddhist body to prohibit all future female ordinations
  • She continues to ordain female Buddhist novices – about 800 now – and her own ordination in Sri Lanka has inspired almost 300 other female monks to do the same
Topic |   Gender equality

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Venerable Dhammananda Bhikkhuni is Thailand’s first fully ordained female, Theravada Buddhist monk. Photo: Tibor Krausz
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The twin peaks of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui in northern Thailand are a magnet for mountain bike riders from across Asia. Hiring guides in Chiang Mai who know the many unmarked trails can make your ride a memorable adventure. Photo: Steve Thomas

Mountain biking in Chiang Mai, Thailand: explore the twin peaks of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui on a guided ride

  • Northern Thailand’s ‘rose city’ of Chiang Mai has the reputation of being Southeast Asia’s mountain biking capital
  • Riding with local guides who know the many unmarked trails can offer even the most experienced rider a thrilling adventure to remember
Topic |   Asia travel

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The twin peaks of Doi Suthep and Doi Pui in northern Thailand are a magnet for mountain bike riders from across Asia. Hiring guides in Chiang Mai who know the many unmarked trails can make your ride a memorable adventure. Photo: Steve Thomas
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