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INTRODUCTION

This is Library is by no means finished, we just keep adding and changing.   The contents are written by a "farang" with a sincere desire to educate but knowing we must also entertain; some information is therefore serious and other humorous based on my experience and reader donations and feedback....

 
 

Arts

Thai visual art was traditionally primarily Buddhist. Thai Buddha images from different periods have a number of distinctive styles. Contemporary Thai art often combines traditional Thai elements with modern techniques.

Literature in Thailand is heavily influenced by Indian culture. The most notable works of Thai literature are a version of the Ramayana called the Ramakien, written in part by Kings Rama I and Rama II, and the poetry of Sunthorn Phu.

There is no tradition of spoken drama in Thailand, the role instead being filled by Thai dance. This is divided into three categories- khon, lakhon and likay- khon being the most elaborate and likay the most populist. Nang drama, a form of shadow play, is found in the south.

The music of Thailand includes classical and folk music traditions as well as string or pop music. 

 

Bathroom Basics

 
 
   
 

Buddhism

General information on thai Buddhism including ......  
Click here to access details about:-
o     History,  Buddha for each day with Pictures 
    • Buddha images and hand gestures
    • Photo Gallery of Temples and Monks by "PJ"
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Body Parts and their Meaning

 
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Bun and Baap

 
 the term "phii" comes to mean ghosts or bad spirits - see Superstition
 
 
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Calendar system

 
The  Nagasatra (Year Names)      - Chantarakati Calendar (Lunar Calendar) 
Calendar terminology  - Buddhist names for days of the month -  Western/Julian/Gregorian Calendar
 

Colours

A colour for each day? are the most important colours, and the ones that connect both the royal family and the gods of the planets.
 

Criticism

 
"Politeness" is the only way or it's hit the highway ......  Jai Yen (Cool Heart) or Jai Dam (Black Heart)
 
 
 
 

Costumes

 

Thai Costumes..
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 Cuisine

Thai food is Amazing

see listing under Food

 Culture

 

 

 

 

 

 

amazingly rich in cultural heritage...

 Cultural Shocks

frequently happen due to weak knowledge of Thai Buddhism.

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Customs

One of the most distinctive Thai customs is the wai, which is similar to the Indian namaste gesture. Showing greeting, farewell, or acknowledgment, it comes in several forms reflecting the relative status of those involved, but generally it involves a prayer-like gesture with the hands and a bow of the head.

Physical demonstrations of affection in public are common between friends, but less so between lovers. It is thus common to see friends walking together holding hands, but couples rarely do so except in westernized areas.A notable social norm holds that touching someone on the head may be considered rude. It is also considered rude to place one's feet at a level above someone else's head, especially if that person is of higher social standing. This is because the Thai people consider the foot to be the dirtiest and fattest part of the body, and the head the most respected and highest part of the body. This also influences how Thais sit when on the ground -- their feet always pointing away from others, tucked to the side or behind them. Pointing at or touching something with the feet is also considered rude. It is also considered extremely rude to step on a Thai coin, because the king's head appears on the coin. When sitting in a temple, one is expected to point one's feet away from images of the Buddha. Shrines inside Thai residences are arranged so as to ensure that the feet are not pointed towards the religious icons -- such as placing the shrine on the same wall as the head of a bed, if a house is too small then remove the shrine from the bedroom entirely.

It is also customary to remove one's footwear before entering a home or a temple, and not to step on the threshold. There are a number of Thai customs relating to the special status of monks in Thai society. Because of their religious discipline, Thai monks are forbidden physical contact with women.

Women are therefore expected to make way for passing monks to ensure that accidental contact does not occur. A variety of methods are employed to ensure that no incidental contact (or the appearance of such contact) between women and monks occurs. Women making offerings to monks place their donation at the feet of the monk, or on a cloth laid on the ground or a table. Powders or unguents intended to carry a blessing are applied to Thai women by monks using the end of a candle or stick. Lay people are expected to sit or stand with their heads at a lower level than that of a monk. Within a temple, monks may sit on a raised platform during ceremonies to make this easier to achieve.
 
 
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Dance

These are four traditional Thai dances(รำ 4 ภาค). They're similar to Lao and Cambodian(Khmer) dances.
Goes by order:   Northern dance(Tai-Yuan, Lanna, Chiang Mai),  Southern dance (Tai-Dambro), Northeast dance (Tai-Lao, Isan, Lan Xang), and Central dance (Tai-Syam/Siamese).
for more information including video - click here
  

Do's and Don'ts 

Click here to access - includes option to print the page.
 

Eating Etiquette

Thai Style   - you don't take care yourself - you "share",  "politeness" is a must!
 
 

 

Family

excellent article about Thai Family
society by 
thaiworldview-Family 
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FAQ  "Wai"    "Farang"   "Khun"      "Phar Lap"   

Travel Thailand

 
 

Festivals

With its ethnic and cultural diversity, Thailand has a kaleidoscope of festivals up and down the country to attract the traveler.

The most important social ceremonies, which help unite people at the national level, include Songkran and Loy Kratong.  The most distinguished festivals include the Rocket Festival in Yasothon (in May), Poi Sang Long Festival in Mae Hong Son (in April), Phi Ta Khon Festival in Loei (in June), Vegetarian Festival in Phuket (in October), and Candle Festival in Ubon Ratchathani (in July).

 

Flowers

  
we have a great collection (donations welcome) they are not Thailand .. so "build a bridge" 
 
 
 

Food

It is beyond any doubt that food is a part of any gathering, thus, becoming the part of social occasions or itself the reason to celebrate. Normally, as per the western culture, a normal meal in any restaurant consists of starter, main course and then dessert. But in Thailand, the custom is bit different with regard to Thailand food, as there is no single dish for a single person. As a general, all present in a gathering share the same dish together. So, it’s better to have many guests together around the table than to enjoy with one or two as eating alone is considered a bad luck in the country visit  Thai Food Recipes and Fruit this includes links food and recipes by region (North, Central, East and South)

One of the good things about Thai food is that they never dispose away the leftover food, as they consider it inauspicious and an enraging act to a female deity, ‘God of rice’. Generally there are four seasonings in Thailand food- sweet, sour, salty and spicy. The food is satisfied only if it contains all the four tastes. Thai dinner mostly include meat, fish, noodles, vegetables and soup followed by desserts including fresh fruits and colorful rice cakes. Besides meals, there are snackers consisting of chicken or beef satay, spring rolls, salads, raw vegetable with spicy dips and sweet.    Please view Thai Street Food   or   Eating Etiquette

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Funerals 

Traditionally funerals last for a week. Crying is discouraged during the funeral, so as not to worry the spirit of the deceased. Many activities surrounding the funeral are intended to make merit for the deceased. Copies of Buddhist scriptures may be printed and distributed in the name of the deceased, and gifts are usually given to a local temple. Monks are invited to chant prayers that are intended to provide merit for the deceased, as well as to provide protection against the possibility of the dead relative returning as a malicious spirit. A picture of the deceased from his/her best days will often be displayed next to the coffin. Often, a thread is connected to the corpse or coffin which is held by the chanting monks during their recitation; this thread is intended to transfer the merit of the monks' recitation to the deceased. The corpse is cremated, and the urn with the ash is usually kept in a chedi in the local temple. The Chinese minority however buries the deceased. West culture too.
 

General Info

 
If you click on
the "Farang"
you will find
out more
about them 
 

Golf

 
for golf
 
 
 
 

Heart Culture

The heart culture is significant insight
to the culture of 
Thai Language.
 
Naam Jai, Greang-Jai, Jai -en
 
 
 

History

Other History topics

Kings of Siam and Thailand 

Full Name of Bangkok  

    includes video/audio of the Name  

Map Thailand 1886  

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Calendar System  

       includes Buddhist days 

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Hill tribes

is there such a thing?

 

Holidays

Thai Holidays, the dates and their meanings click here to find out more

 

Isan

or Isaan or Esaan? what so special about this place?

excellent article by
thaiworldview-Isan

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Kinship Terms in Thai

 

Language

An Introduction
to Thai Language, including:-
Difference in Language, Basic conversation, Culture language, online lessons with sound, a survival travel pack which you can print and TAFE courses.

Language Travel Pack  

LadyBoys

 
Thailand is Muang Tai "land of the Free" or Pratet Tai "free Kingdom" 
 
Thailand Ladyboys As they say "Up to You"    (lae doo khun)
 
 

Love

be warned Thai Love is unique,   includes links (at the bottom of the page) to "Heart Culture" (it''s their Language),  Marriage, Family, Society, Dating in Thailand (Cultral conflicts) Ladyboys
 
 
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Magic

 we don't know what to tell you, but check your numbers 
 
 
 

Mai-Ben-Rai

One of the most common words you should desire .. it's about Objections and conflicts are to be avoided at all cost.
ไม่เป็นไร  maiF bpenM raiM   "It doesn't matter." — "Never mind." — "You're welcome" — "Don't mention it." — "It's no big deal."
 

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Marriage

 No! it's not "Game over"  it's "special" ceremonies, astrological advice, prays, chants, Precepts
  
The Dowry, known as "Sin Sodt" 
 
 
 
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MuayThai 

Boxing is a major sport of Thai Culture - see listing under Sport
 

Mystical Thai

Mystical Thai magazine brings news from the world of the mystical events, lifestyle and miracle events in Thailand. It will take you on an adventure to the world of precious amulets, venerable monks, events, cultural, rituals and more.
  
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Monarchy 

The Monarchy

The king is the mostest...

 "We love the King"

 

 

 

National Anthem 

The National Anthme is played daily everywhere, 
be prepared to stand still...
 
 
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Nicknames

Thais universally have one, or occasionally more, short nicknames (Thai: ชึ่อเล่น play-name) that they use with friends and family. Often first given by friends or an older family member, these nicknames are typically one syllable (or worn down from two syllables to one). Though they may be simply shortened versions of a full name, they quite frequently have no relation to the Thai’s full name and are often humorous and/or nonsense words. Traditionally call-names would be after things with low value, eg 'dirt', which was to convince bad spirits that the child was not worth their attention. Some common nicknames (the non-nonsense ones, anyway) would translate into English as fatty, pig, little one, frog, banana, green, or girl/boy.
 
Though rare, sometimes Thai children are given nicknames after the order they were born into the family (i.e. one, two, three, etc.). Nicknames are useful because official Thai names are often long, particularly among Thais of Chinese descent, whose lengthy names stem from an attempt to translate Chinese names into Thai equivalents, or among Thai with similarly lengthy Sanskrit derived names.
 
 
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Pang Loi

(Street Vendors) See listing under food for Steret Food Vendors
  

Pictures

We have a slection of Pictures
 
 
Thailand..... Culture/People/Places - we recommend viewing the Gallery offered by Thai World View - Photo Gallery
 
More Photos - Try Unqiue photos of Thailand and West Australia
 

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People

click here to see more
about Tha People

 

Religious Ceremonies

Religious Ceromonies, as the majority of the Thai people are ardent Buddhists who celebrate the frequent Buddhist holidays with fervor.
 

 

Society

excellent article about Thai Society by thaiworldview-society

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Philosophy

 
 
We need your help, if you have some wonderful articles please let us know
 
 
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Sanuk

 
 
Songkran Festival
Traditional Thai New Year.  Songkran Festival is celebrated over 5 days from April 13th. It is the hottest time of the year. The day typically begins with merit making offering food to the monks and paying homage to one's elders, family and friends. Songkran is always associated with water as a symbol of cleansing and renewal. The Blessing ranges from respectful puring with scented water to the drenching of everyone in sight.......  for more - see the link on Festivals
 

Sport

The most popular team sport in Thailand is football (Soccer). However, the professional leagues Thai League and Pro League

 Muay Thai (Thai boxing) is probably the most popular spectator sport in Thailand. The other main indigenous sport is takraw, which is similar to volleyball, but played with the feet and a light rattan ball. There are several versions of the game with differing rules.
There is a Swan Boat circuit where the villages field teams compete. The International invitational race is usually in November.
Egg rolling once enjoyed national-pastime status, but famine and egg shortages around the middle of the last century caused it to retreat to rural villages, where it is still practised with traditional vigour. 
 
   

SuaY

 
Means Beautful, The word can be spelt Suai or Suway or Sooay means Beautiful
 
 

Superstition

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Many Thais are deeply superstitious

Spirits, derived from , are still omnipresent. Spirit houses are erected on the compound of every building to serve as dwellings to house and befriend the spirits who inhabited the original spot, and every morning offerings – in the form of fruit, drinks and incense sticks – are brought to pay respect to them.

 
Fascination and belief in ghosts. Most believe that ghosts should be placated and treated with respect. 
 
see article on "Baap and Bun"
 
 
Many are also fascinated by numerology. Believing in
astrology as a guide to when to undertake projects or sanction them, 
try your Luck ...
 
 
or  
try your luck...
 
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Tattoos

Thailand Tattoos ... Thai word for tattoo is "suk" ..

Thai tattoos are "Amazing",
diverse and rich in the culture... 
 
  

Tham Bun

"tam or tum boon", the giving of Merited, reference in section under "Bun (Boon) and Baap"  meaning "Credit and Debit" 
 
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Thii tam thii soong

The Thai expression "thii tam thii soong" literally means "high place and low place."

 
Toilets in Thailand - see Bathroom Basics
 

Transport

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Travel Thailand

General info

Travel Thailand with AusWaThai
 
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Wai

 

Weather reports

 

Weights and Measures

 
is it Metric or Thai ? ....   maybe haa sip haa sip (50 50)  .. check before Travelling
 
 
  
 
 

 

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