Thailand is famous for its handicraft, and not without reason. Thailand has long tradition of handicraft influenced by Indian, Chinese and ancient Khmer cultures. But probably most importantly, the skills handed down over generations and the relaxed and free minds of Thai people combine to make Thai handicrafts one of the world’s best.
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The art of massage is believed to have been practiced in Thailand since as long ago as 200 BC when it was introduced from India. Due to its long history, Thai massage is referred to as “nuad paen boran” or Thai ancient massage. The traditional Thai massage is sometime known as Thai bodywork, passive yoga, or assisted yoga.
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A proper Thai meal should consist of rice or “kao” and some thing to eat with rice or “kab kao”. Each diner is served with an individual plate of rice while everything else is served in the middle of the table for sharing among diners. Normally rice arrives at the table first followed by non-rice dishes. Thais will not start eating until their rice arrives. This is a different concept from that in the Western world where rice is a side dish often ignored completely. In fact Thai food is cooked to “season” the rice and dishes are flavored to be eaten with rice – they aren’t meant to be eaten alone.
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Bangkok has a lot to offer to her visitors. It is one of the fastest-growing, most economically and socially dynamic cities in Southeast Asia. On the other hand, it embraces many of the Thai cultural attractions ranging from the many Buddhist temples, to old palaces, to great museams. Taking a boat trip along the Chao Phraya River around Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn, you will feel likeÂ being in a city of angels.
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Muay Thai or Thai Boxing has become incresingly well-known outside Thailand as an exciting form of martial art. Apart from Thailand, Muay Thai is also practised in several other southeast Asian countries including Cambodia (where it is known as Pradal Serey) and Myanmar where it is generally known as Lethwei. Muay Thai gyms are also popping up in some Western countries.
Muay Thai has a long tradition in Thailand as a martial art used by the military. The military style of Muay Thai is called Lerdrit, while today’s “Sport Muay Thai” slightly varies from the original art and uses kicks and punches in a ring and with gloves similar to those used in boxing. Muay Thai is referred to as “The Science of Eight Limbs”, as the hands, feet, elbows, and knees are all used extensively in this art.
On your next trip to Thailand, find some time to experience the excitement of Muay Thai in action. There are 2 Muay Thai stadiums in Bangkok, Lumpini Stadium and Rajdamnoen Stadium which organize competitive Muay Thai matches every week.
Many foreigners have chosen Thailand as their retirement homes. Some move to Thailand to live and start businesses. Relatively low cost of living, good climate, Thai hospitality are among the reasons. Broadband Internet and other telecommunications infrastructure in Thailand has become more of international standards and very affordable pricing. Many international schools have popped up lately in Bangkok and major cities of Thailand to cater for both Thai and foreign children.
In fact, more people have bought properties in Thailand for the purpose of moving to and living in Thailand or for pure investment. See my previous post about Thailand property market here.
You would think just drink something cold like chilled water. That is exactly what most people do when their eyes are watering with a fire in their mouth. The result is the opposite. Seconds after sipping the chilled drinks, the fire starts right back in. Then more water gulped down but the heat never goes away. Your stomach stuffs up with water after a while. Continue reading “What is the Best Relief When Your Tongue Gets Burnt by Spicy Thai Food?”
8 years after the Asia financial crisis and just 2 years after the Asian Tsunami, Thailand property or real estate is booming again. Thanks to the financial crisis, the Thai government has relaxed rules and regulations for foreigners to acquire property in Thailand. The recent coup seems to have very minimal impact on the Thai real estate market condition.
Condominiums are selling fast, especially those in top locations. Sukhumvit Road is always popular. Phuket property is still popular, despite the Tsunami. Prices are high, but that’s what you pay for your lifestyle in paradise! Pattaya, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, Samui, Phangan and Chang islands are all growing rapidly with some fantastic bargains available if you snap them up now!
If you happen to have visited this site before, you definitely would have noticed the big changes this site has been going through. First the site has become more lively with 10 photos about Thailand from flickr.com on top of the each page. These photos will be picked ramdomly from over 500,000 photos with the tag – Thailand on flickr.com so they will keep changing. You never know what will come up next.
Thaiphile Blog is now the main content of the site. Once you have registered, you may add comments to the posts.
And lastly, there are less ads on the pages.
This is still an on-going process which may take another month or two. Please come back often to be the first to enjoy our new developments.
Pattaya, once Thailand’s sleaziest resort, is trying to improve its image. Historically, a sleepy fishing town, it boomed as an R&R spot during the Vietnam War and has been a sex tourism destination ever since. The beach is dirty and lackluster and rampant overdevelopment has long since destroyed any natural charms it once had.
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