Thailand Travel Guide

A Comprehensive Guide for Families Travelling to Thailand

Every day, tourists flock to Thailand to experience the magic buried in the heart and culture of its people. This ageless city captures succinctly the beauty of the medieval era with a touch of space-age that is all so unique. Graceful artwork and rare animals lazing about in tropical jungles are some of the beauties to behold in Thailand. From street food that calls out to you while you joggle your way through the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, to Buddhist temples that pique your curiosity and promise a feeling of peace within their walls, they will have you ready in time to experience the endless beaches of Thailand.

About Thailand And Its People

Sitting on the border of the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand is the ancient kingdom of Thailand. This tropical city is populated mainly by Thais and a tiny percentage of Burmese and expats. Rich in beautiful islands, jungles, wildlife, and temples, it has earned a spot as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. If you’re looking to visit Thailand, here is a rundown of the culture of its people and its peculiarities.

The Language Spoken In Thailand

The official language of Thailand is Tai, and it serves as the primary means of communication for the government. Some other languages spoken in this country include Lao, Malay, Chinese, and Mon-Khmer. Recently, English has become a commonly spoken language in Thailand, and it is even taught as a second language in Thailand. Therefore, English-speaking tourists should have no trouble communicating in this country.

Religion And Cultural Belief In Thailand

Most Thais practice Buddhism, which is somewhat different from other Buddhist cultures due to influences from other religions. For instance, it is common to see several Buddhists wearing amulets or talismans, which is prohibited in Buddhism.

Islam is the significant minority religion practised in Thailand, and Christianity comes just after Islam. Some other religions are also practised in Thailand but are the least popular.

Food In Thailand

Food in Thailand is much more than an instrument to stave off hunger; it’s an experience that should be savoured. Thailand dominates the culinary scene in the world, and it’s easy to see why Thai dishes are the favourite of so many.

A typical Thai dish is a fine blend of sour, spicy, sugary, and sweet flavours. Rice prepared in various ways is the staple food of this country, and it is eaten with a spoon and fork. Some more popular dishes include Thai Green Curry, Pad Thai, and Tom Yum Soup, which you should try while in the country.

Beliefs And Taboos In Thailand.

The Thais are superstitious, often evidenced by their unique practices and customs. For instance, before setting a date for an event or buying a car or home, the Thais consult a monk to ascertain if they will be successful. The Thais also do not congratulate parents after the birth of a baby so as not to make evil spirits regard the child as very precious, which may cause them to steal the infant.

By way of taboos, the Thais do not eat with their left hand, they’re never to criticise the royal family, and they never sit with their feet pointing towards someone. They also never give yellow-coloured flowers and black-coloured items as gifts. It’s considered rude to speak loudly or with overt gestures in public.

Thailand’s Major Holidays

Thailand is rife with colourful and splendid festivals. If your visit coincides with some of these festivities, you’re in for a treat. Some of these festivities happen at particular times, while others vary throughout the year based on the lunar calendar. Some of these include

  • Chakri Day: This day marks the celebration of the coronation of Rama 1 as a monarch in Thailand. It falls on the fourth of April and is used to prepare for the more extended festival of Songkran that lasts for three days.
  • Magha Puga: Magha Puga falls in the third lunar month of every year. It is a widespread festival among Buddhist nations. They celebrate the special day on which Buddha passed down the sacred wisdom of Buddhism to the enlightened ones.
  • Constitution Day: This is celebrated on the 10th of December and marks the transfer of leadership from the absolute monarchy to the Thai constitutional monarchy. The Thais celebrate this day with parades and calisthenic displays.
  • Other major festivals in Thailand include the New Year’s celebration (1st January), the Chulalongkorn Day (23rd October), the Visakha Puja (4th June), and Songkran (13th–15th April).

Popular Culture And Etiquette In Thailand

The Thais take great pride in their nation and often reflect this in their attitudes towards state affairs. They revel in the knowledge that they’re the only country in Southeast Asia that wasn’t colonised. The national anthem is played twice daily without fail, and everyone is supposed to stand still as it is being played. It is common to see the national flag flying in several locations in the country. At the cinemas, the King’s anthem is played before a movie begins.

Thailand is often regarded as ‘The Land of Smiles.’ This is because the locals are often seen wearing goofy and cheerful smiles. They’re generally friendly people but do not think that their smiles always mean well. It may just be masks. Their warm nature also extends to some facets of everyday interaction, like asking for directions. Rather than tell you they do not know or tell you no after a request, they may pretend to know a location or say yes when asked for a favour even though they will not deliver.

Pointing at people with your finger is frowned upon, as is touching people’s or children’s heads as a form of greeting. Instead, they use their mouths to point in a particular direction or extend their whole hand to point in a specific direction.

Greeting And Socialization

In Thailand, the locals greet one another with a form of greeting called the Wai. This form of greeting is begun by a person of lower social status than the other. It involves raising your two hands with the palms held together and touching your body between the forehead and the chest. The fingers should be pointing upwards, and the height at which your finger is raised and how low the head moves to touch your thumbs reflects the degree of respect you have for the other person. The person of lesser status is the first person to offer the Wai. If the difference in social status between two people is great, the wai will not be returned.

For courtesy, you are expected to bring a gift if you visit a local. Flowers and chocolates are considered appropriate gifts, and money is deemed a suitable gift for weddings. Marigolds and carnations are reserved for funerals, so you shouldn’t present them as gifts. Wrap gifts in beautiful colours, except blue, black, and green, as they reserve them for funerals.

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