Thailand has something wonder for you, no matter who you are! Nature lovers and adventure travellers are both in for the feast. Golfers have never seen so much green. There’s plenty of fun for families., and a paradise for honey moon couples. Interested in history, culture or just getting away? Whoever you are.. Thailand awaits.
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Linguistic Culture :
The Thai language , or Phasa Thai, basically consists of monosyllable words, whose meanings are complete by themselves. Its alphabet was created by King Ramkhamhaeng the Great in 1283 by modelling it on the ancient Indian alphabets of Sanskrit and Pali through the medium of the old Khmer characters. After a history of over 700 years, the Thai alphabet today comprises 44 letters (including 2 obsolete ones), representing 20 consonant phonemes, and 15 vowel signs, denoting 22 vowels, diphthongs and triphthongs. As Thai is a tonal language with five different tones, it often confuses foreigners who are unused to this kind of language. Like most languages of the world, the Thai language is a complicated mixture of several sources. Many Thai words used today were derived from Pali, Sanskrit, Khmer, English and Chinese.
Court Culture :
Refer to the conception of beauty, perfection and harmony in the fine arts, including painting, sculpture, architecture, literature, drama and music. In the old days most of these originated in or received the patronage of the royal court and nobility. Most of the works served the Buddhist religion. Their styles were influenced by the Indians through the mons amd Khmers, and then were blended and developed in unique from recognized as Thai.
Painting : Classical thai painting is mostly confined to mural paintings inside Buddhist temples and palaces. They are idealistic and the themes frequently depicted are those related to Buddhism, such as the Buddha’s life stories, stories of the three worlds (heaven, earth and hell), and also those concerning customs and traditions. The subjects of the paintings reflect different prupose: to beautiful and dignity the places of worship, to promote Buddhism, and to educated people through pictures.
Architecture : Apart from the royal palace buildings, classical Thai architecture can be found in monastic monuments- pagodas and temples- which have been the focal points of Thai community activities for centuries. Admitting Indian, Khmer and other influence such as Chinese and Burmese, Thai architects developed their own distinctive style of sloping multitiered roof-tops and soaring pointed towers, intricately ornamented with carved wood and stucco, gilded lacuer work, moth-of-pearl inlay, Chinese porcelain fragments and color glass mosaic. Under the tropical sun, these building give out an artistic harmony of flamboyance and serenity. Examples of Thai architecture are seen in Wat Phra Kaeo, Wat Pho, the Grand Palace, etc .
Drama : In the purely classical form, Thai drama and dance are indivisible. The technique of dancing are of Indian origin, but Thai people evolved them to be much more graceful and slow in motion. Thai drama include renowned khon (the masked drama) , lakhon ( aless formal dance drama with movement more graceful than khon), nang yai and nang talung (shadow plays) and hun (marionettes). In former days, dramas were normally performed only in th royal courts and noble mansions. Ordinary people could enjoy such performances only on festive occasions in the compound of Buddhist monastery.
Ultimately, it is the people who make a place what it is, and the Thais are not only hospitable, they are also fun-loving. This is readily seen in the number of annual festivals, both national and regional. Some celebrations are Buddhist and some are secular, bur all are joyous, colour ful occasions and typically comprise parades with fabulously decorated floats combined with music, dancing, and the fun of the fair.
Festive Occasions :
Festivals are an essential part of Thai life and as such offer the visitor a valuable opportunity not only for having fun, but also for gaining an insight into various aspects of Thai culture. This is especially true in the rural areas where the year is still dictated by the agricultureal cycle and times of toil are punctuated by seasonal festivals that serve as both holidays and propitious occasions. There are so many festivals throughout the year that whenever you arrive in Thailand you can be pretty sure of being in time for one special occasion or another.
Traditional Thai new year on April 13th-15th,the national event, is a boisterous affair in which water is splashed over one and all. It is symbolic of cleaning, though most youngsters see it as just good fun, these days most riotously celebrated in Chiang Mai..
On the night of the full moon in November, is a quiter more romantic event in which homage is paid to the Mother of waters. All over the country, people gather at rivers, ponds and lakes under the moonlight to float “krathongs”, small lotus-shaped offerings containing incense, a candle and a coin. It is moving and magical sight
Yasothon Rocket Festival
Regional celebration in the Northeast in May, at this time, huge home-made rockets are fired into the air as an invocation for rain, the timely arrival of the monsoon being crucial for the rice harvest Whether the rockets actually encourage the rain or not, joyous time before the arduous work of another agriculatural season begin.
Hot and Spicy :
Thai cuisine is a true gastronomic art. It presents an enormous range of dishes and a subtle blend of flavours. Creativity in cooking stems partly from the Thais’ love of good food, and partly from the wealth of ingredients available. The country posseses an abundance of vegetables and fruit, herbs and spices, succulent seafood and fresh farm produce, and all are wonderfully used in the near unlimited recipes of the Thai culinary art.
All can choose :
Although Thais generally prefer hot, spicy food, not all dishes are equally fiery. Thai food is never bland, but it can be modulated to please most palates. Moreover, such are the richness and variety of ingredients and methods of operation, that is always some fresh, delicious discovery to be made. Where to eat is just as exciting as what to eat. Bangkok and other major tourist centres offer an incredible selection of dining places in all price ranges. From kerbside foodstalls selling simple but good food, to smart, expensive restaurants, there is something to please everyone. Bangkok even boasts the world’s largest garden retaurant.