Sawatdee ka, Today is one of most important days for Thai people. On 23rd of October of every year is "Chulalongkorn Day" or "Piyamaharaj Day" วันปิยมหาราช It is the day that our King Chulalongkorn, or King Rama V, passed away. He is considered one of the greatest kings of Thailand. The most important thing he did was abolish slavery (เลิกทาส). King Chulalongkorn (Pra … [Read more...] about King Chulalongkorn’s Day
Sawatdee ka, I went out for dinner with my best friend, Keaw almost 3 weeks ago, but I just had a chance to finish editing this video. Let's learn some useful Thai expressions and phrases from this trip. I hope you enjoy this video. Please leave comments or suggestions. Kop Kun Ka. Mod So, this is what I was waiting for. It is called "Shibuya Honey Toast". You eat it with … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Go out with friend
Sawatdee ka, Recently I have got questions about this topic from newbies coming to Thailand. I thought I would write about it, so we can share a little bit of Thai culture to everyone. I have some foreign friends living in Thailand, and heard some of their misbehavior to Thai people's eyes. We were talking and laughing about the funny encounters .From their respective, it … [Read more...] about Some Do’s and Don’ts for Thailand
Elephant Polo: The Biggest, Weirdest, Slowest, and Most Expensive Game in Thailand Yes, before you ask, elephant polo is played on the back of an elephant. The price tags associated with elephant polo are massive as the elephants themselves. The only thing small about elephant polo is the circuit on which it is played. It includes only three countries, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and … [Read more...] about Elephant Polo in Thailand
Sawatdee ka, Of course! you know how to say Sa-baai dee mai? [How are you?]. Did you know that we actually use another expression more often than that? Check out what it is. … [Read more...] about Learn to greet like a real Thai!
Sawatdee ka, Today I took a boat along the Chao Praya River to a market in Nontaburi province. I passed Wat Arun (วัดอรุณ) or the Temple of Dawn, and I couldn't help myself take a photo of this beautiful temple as if I was a tourist seeing it for the first time. Wat Arun is one of Bangkok's best know landmark. It stands on the west bank of the Chao Praya River in Thon … [Read more...] about Wat Arun “the Temple of Dawn”
Sawatdee ka, Let's learn a useful and easy verb. Learn to say I like you!, I like reading books etc. Enjoy! … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – verb to like
This morning I was in a mood for cooking. I decided to cook my favourite egg dish which is called in Thai "Kai Luuk Koei" (ไข่ลูกเขย) Kai (low tone) [ไข่] means egg Luuk (falling tone) - Koei (rising tone) [ลูกเขย] means son-in-law So, Kai Luuk Koei means son-in-law eggs! Funny name, isn't it? Kai Luuk Koei made from deep-fried hard boiled eggs, which have been cut into … [Read more...] about Learn Thai from Thai food : Son-in-law eggs
พิธีหลั่งน้ำพระพุทธมนต์ (Water pouring) The water pouring is the most important part of the Thai wedding ceremony as during this part the couple officially become husband (สามี [saa-mee]) and wife (ภรรยา [pan-ra-ya]). Traditionally, this was all that was required to validify the marriage, but nowadays the couple are also required to obtain a marriage certificate … [Read more...] about Thai Traditional Wedding Ceremony – Water Pouring
Thai marriage at large and definitely the ceremony of Traditional Thai Wedding interlinked with an ancient tradition called sinsod (สินสอด). A custom of paying a dowry (dowery) to compensate a family of bride “for mother's milk”. A concept of sinsod was initially brought in to ensure that one's daughter does not marry below her potential standing in life. To stipulate that her … [Read more...] about Thai Traditional Wedding Ceremony – Counting the Dowry
Traditionally, the engagement is performed well in advance of the wedding, just as in western culture, but recently, it has become common for it to be carried out on the wedding day after Counting the Dowry. The engagement is historically a way of introducing the bride to the groom, who has been selected by her parents and gives a chance for the couple to get acquainted … [Read more...] about Thai Traditional Wedding Ceremony – The Engagement
Barring the Groom from approaching the Bride (พิธีกั้นประตู) In order for the wedding to continue, the groom must bring the bride from her room to join him for the engagement ceremony. However, before this can happen, the groom must successfully pass through a number of obstacles that are put in the groom’s way by the bride’s family. These symbolic “doors” can only be … [Read more...] about Thai Traditional Wedding Ceremony – symbolic doors
Sawatdii ka, Do you know Sepak Takraw? Last Satureday I saw a group of taxi motorcycle riders in my soi playing Sepak Takraw on the side of the street, so I thought I needed to find out more about this and share in my blog. Sepak Takraw (เซปักตะกร้อ) was created by the royal family of Malaysia about 500 years ago. The name itself comes from two languages. Sepak is "kick" … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Sepak Takraw
sawatdii ka, Love is in the air, it is the month of LOVE. I would like to take this opportunity to talk about some expressions that you could use on your lovely day or actually anyday;) Valentine's day is the day of love so in Thai it is called "wan hàng kwaam rák" วันแห่งความรัก 1. Pŏm rák kun [ผมรักคุณ] (male speaker), Chán rák kun (female speaker) [ฉันรักคุณ] = I … [Read more...] about VIDEO: Sweet Thai Words for Your Valentine’s Day ♥
Sawatdii kâ, Thai language has a lot of polite particles. Today I would like to talk about the polite particle "jâ" (falling tone) จ้ะ. "jâ" used by adult male&femail speakers at the end of a statement when speaking to children and people of inferior status; between males and females denotes anything from easy familiarity to 'sweet talk'; between females signals 'best … [Read more...] about Speak like a Thai – Polite particle ‘jâ’
Sawasdii ka, The other day I went to a bookstore and a book with the bright yellow cover catched my eye, I picked it up and it was "Bangkok attractions" so I went through the book quickly but one place that got my interest the most was a place with the title "visit a real Thai house: Bangkok Folk Museum" I have been living in Bangkok for about 8 years but I didn't know … [Read more...] about Visit a real Thai house
Sawatdii ka, One of the important festivals in Thailand is coming up soon, Chinese New Year. (Wan trut jiin) วันตรุษจีน Every year, many people in Thailand with Chinese ancestors, celebrate the Chinese New Year with elaborate ceremonies. This year which is the year of the rabbit starts on February 3, 2011. It is the tradition that every family thoroughly cleans the house to … [Read more...] about Chinese New Year in Thailand
Sawatdii ka everyone, Last week I made a video about polite request used in a restaurant and also wrote a blog about top 5 Thai food. After that I have got a question asking how to ask for something without mushrooms, so I got to share this to everyone as well. Firstly, let see what a waitor or waitress will say to you: Ao à-rai dii ká/kráp? Or sàng à-rai dii ká? Or … [Read more...] about Learn Thai – Order food
Sawatdii ka everyone, Besides language teaching, eating good food and cooking are my passion. In orer to rank the best Thai food, using my own experience is not enough so I asked my foreign friends living in Thailand and made a poll. The following is the Top 5 list of Thai Food: 1. Dtom Yam Goong (ต้มยำกุ้ง) : Spicy and sour soup with shrimp: The most famous Thai spicy soup. … [Read more...] about Top 5 Thai food – must try!
Sawatdii Bpii Mai ka, สวัสดีปีใหม่ค่ะ In Thailand, we also use Chineses Lunar Calender. The Chinese calendar determines the day that a year assumes the name of the next animal in the twelve-year animal cycle; so by this system, year names are repeated every 12 years. People who were born in each of those years will have certain characteristics of those animals. Legend has it … [Read more...] about It’s the Year of the Rabbit!