21 Interesting Facts About Thailand

Thailand’s name in the Thai language is Prathet Thai (ประเทศไทย), which means “Land of the Free”. Thailand was actually called Siam throughout history; the name changed to Thailand in 1939. Thailand is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonised by a European nation. Thailand’s national language is called Thai, which many […]

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Makha Bucha Day

Makha Bucha Day (วันมาฆบูชา) is a Buddhist holiday, which takes place annually on the night of the full moon during the third lunar month of the year. “Makha” is the Pali word for the third Lunar month, while “bucha” means to honor or to venerate. Since Makha Bucha is based on the lunar calendar, the date varies […]

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Eat Like A Thai 101

  Understanding how Thai people eat provides a greater understanding of the food and people. Here are a few tips on how to eat like the Thais do. In the West, food is brought out in a certain order: Appetiser, Main Dish, and Dessert. In Thailand, there are really only two courses in a Thai […]

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Chinese New Year in Thailand

Every year, many people in Thailand with Chinese ancestors which are called คนไทยเชื้อสายจีน /kon tai chúea-săai jiin/ (about 14% of the population of Thailand), celebrate the Chinese New Year which in Thai is called วันตรุษจีน (wan dtrùt jiin) with elaborate ceremonies. This year which is the Year of the Goat (ปีมะแม /bpii má-mae/) according to Chinese zodiac, Chinese New Year starts on […]

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10 Gifts You Shouldn’t Give to Your Loved One

Thai people are grown up with superstitious beliefs and taboos. Some are still believed to be true, and some are now used to tease friends. Giving a gift is a nice gesture but some items have negative meaning especially to your relationship. Here are 10 presents some Thai people might consider bringing bad luck; 1. Shoes รองเท้า /rawng […]

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The Lake of Red Water Lilies – One of the World’s Strangest Lakes

Imagine rowing your boat through a sea of floating lotus flowers that expand as far as the eye can see. Dreamy? Yes, but also completely possible if you visit to one of the world’s strangest lakes (according to CNN) in Northeastern Thailand (Isan, Esan). The Sea of Red Lotuses, or the Lake of Red Water […]

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VIDEO: 10 Most Popular Thai Slang of the Year!

[1] ฟิน /fin/ This word is derived from English word ‘finale’, in English this means the last part of an event, and it is usually ‘the best part’ and epic, right? So Thai people use ‘ฟิน FIN’ for describing a feeling that is ‘GREAT’ , or feeling awesome!   [2] อิน in is also derived […]

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Constitution Day

December 10th marks the Constitution Day, in Thai is “wan rat-ta-tam-ma-noon” (วันรัฐธรรมนูญ) which is held annually to commermorate the advent of the regime of Constitutional Monarchy in Thailand At the start of the 1930s, Thailand (then called ‘*สยาม Siam‘) was suffering economically from the effects of the great depression. The king at the time was Rama […]

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VIDEOS: Thai for Tourists

These 12 basic Thai lessons cover common situations you might encounter as a tourist. Take some time to learn them and I am sure it will help your travel more enjoyable as you will have fun talking to Thai people or even make a new local friend. (Click the topic of the lesson to see […]

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Father’s Day in Thailand

One of the most important days in Thailand is Father’s day (วันพ่อแห่งชาติ, wan-pôr-hàng-châart) It is celebrated on December 5 which is the birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej (วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษา, wan-chà-lěrm-prá-chon-má-pan-săa), the monarch of Thailand. King’s birthday is a national holiday and is celebrated all over the country.  December 5, 2014 is the King’s 87th Birthday Anniversary. His […]

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VIDEO: Take Care of Yourself

Thai useful expression that can be used in everyday conversation “take care of yourself“ ‘Take care’ in Thai ดูแล duu-lae ‘Oneself’ is ตัวเอง  dtua-eeng Take care of yourself is “ดูแลตัวเอง /duu-lae dtua-eeng/“ When we tell someone to do something , the particle นะ ná is added to soften our statement and make you sound friendly. The complete […]

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VIDEO: Giving Directions

This lesson you will be learning basic words for directions as well as how to ask for directions. It is useful to know words and phrases that will let you talk about going places, as well as understand what someone else says when giving simple directions. BASIC DIRECTIONS:  ตรง /dtrong/ means straight ไป /bpai/ means go […]

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Loi Krathong Festival

Loi Krathong festival  (ประเพณีลอยกระทง) is celebrated throughout Thailand. It takes place on the evening of the full moon night of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar which is a great flood season; it usually falls in November (พฤศจิกายน). The word ลอย /loi/ means ‘to float’ and Krathong กระทง /grà-tong/ is a small lotus-shaped floating […]

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VIDEO:Getting A Thai Massage

Video Script: Reception: สวัสดีค่ะ sà-wàt-dii kâ (Hello) Customer: ขอจองนวดไทย 90 นาที วันนี้ ตอน 5 โมงเย็นค่ะ kăw jawng nûad tai gâao-sìp naa-tii wan-níi dtawn hâa moong yen kâ (I would like to book a 90-minute Thai massage, today at 5 p.m. please.) Reception: ขอชื่อกับเบอร์โทรศัพท์ด้วยค่ะ kăw chûe gàp ber toe-rá-sàp dûai kâ (Can I have your name […]

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Thailand Vegetarian Festival is Now!

  It’s the most wonderful time of the year for Thailand’s meat-averse, with the nation’s Thai-Chinese population kicking off a 9-day vegan diet as part of the annual Vegetarian Festival (ประเพณีถือศีลกินเจ). Thailand Vegetarian Festival takes place for nine days and nine nights . (Some Thai people will hold the precepts for a total of 10 days.) […]

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My Top 7 Favorite Thai Restaurants (Mid-Range)

  1. The Local by Oamthong Thai cuisine A 70 – year old house turned into a Thai heritage restaurant. I really like the traditional Thai atmosphere with history and culture beautifully painted on the walls, and the fact that I can enjoy my meal in the comfort of rattan chairs and a Thai silk cushion. […]

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Koh Lipe: The Andaman Last Virgin

  Lipe island (เกาะหลีเป๊ะ) is a part of Tarutao Marine National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติหมู่เกาะตะรุเตา). It is located in the Andaman Sea, around 40 kilometers from the town of Satun province or 22 kilometers off the shore from the Pak Bara Pier. The park borders the Muko Phetra National Park on the north and Malaysia sea border […]

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VIDEO: Learn Thai – Restaurant Conversation

  The basic word that is used when you place an order in Thai is เอา /ao/. Some people say the word ขอ  /kŏr/ is more polite to use when ordering food, but I don’t think it matters.   Important note:  As the fact that we use เอา /ao/  to place order, so it can ONLY be followed […]

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