Getting to Know Thai Culture – Know Where You are Going…

Thai girls in traditional costumes


Thai traditional costumes Chiang Mai 2005 033, CC BY-SA 3.0

Thailand is one of the most culturally rich countries in the South East Asia. It holds a unique position in the region, as a country that remained unaffected by the strong colonizing powers of Europe in the early centuries. Made up of around 96% Thai, 2% Burmese, and other ethnic groups such as Chinese, Vietnamese, Khmer, Hmong, and Mein, as the balance, Thailand is diverse in its ethnicity and culture. However, the most important and prominent cultural values of Thai people have emerged with a strong background in Buddhist philosophy. Self-control, respect for elders and for those ahead of you in the social hierarchy, and friendly attitude are the essentials among moral values of the people in the country. People are often compelled to maintain their calm and dignity, even at difficult times, as the expression of emotions in public is viewed with a disapproving eye.

Even though you can read pages and pages of a country and its history, there is no better way to get the real experience of its culture and its people than paying a visit yourself. You can make your expedition worthwhile by choosing a hotel in Asoke to stay during the visit. From there, you can easily roam around to see the city’s famous cultural centres, museums, and art galleries. It is not very difficult to find a good stay, as there are many options like AVANI Atrium Bangkok that gives you the chance to meet locals and mingle with the city life. Knowing the basic rules of Thai culture, your life in Thailand will be much easier than you ever anticipated.

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.


Have a Great Time in Bangkok Without the Hangover – Yes, you Can!

Wat Arun at Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Thailand.

Rolf Heinrich, Köln, Wat Arun 03-2012-01, CC BY 3.0

So you’re in Bangkok with your buddies, your soul mate or even by yourself; and you explore all there is to explore during the day. And then the sun goes down, you prepare yourself to experience the famed nightlife of the city dubbed to be Asian version of Las Vegas, the sin city. Hopping from one night club to another, dancing from dusk to dawn and of course chugging down many, many glasses of tequila, beer, vodka and lord knows what else; and you wake up next morning (or afternoon) with a splitting headache that totally ruins the entire schedule of exploring you had planned for the day. So here are a few ways that you can try out to have a great time in Bangkok without drinking and having a really bad hangover.

Skip the drinks and learn about Thai history. The world renowned Thai cultural and heritage show, Siam Niramit is held every day from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM at the colossal 2,000-seat Ratchada Theatre. Once you’ve seated yourself, you will have to get ready to witness an enchanting performance that’s divided into 3 acts namely, ‘Journey Back into History,’ ‘Journey Beyond Imagination’ and ‘Journey Through Joyous Festivals’. Featuring over 100 professional artists, the show happens to be one of the largest stage productions in the world.

Hop on board a luxury cruise! The mighty Chao Praya River is a major river in Thailand which runs through Bangkok before finally flowing to the Gulf of Thailand. There are agents who provide these cruises, however the best is to go with a hotel. Due to the rising demand, luxury Bangkok city hotels such as the AVANI Atrium Bangkok are offering these cruises while adding a fine dining experience to it as well. So, when you hop on board such a cruise, you will be able to feast on delicious gourmet food while passing some of Bangkok’s finest sites such as the Grand Palace.

Embark on a foodie adventure. Thai food is amazing, and Thai street food is even more so. One of the best places to try out Thai street food is Bangkok where you can find many streets and markets dedicated to selling some of the most exotic and delicious of street foods around the world. The best of these is Yaowarat or Chinatown where street food was first introduced to Thailand over 200 years ago when the capital city was the main trading hub of South East Asia. Here you can find everything from juicy Thai-style BBQ chicken to the beloved Pad Thai and even fried insects!

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.


Where to Stay in Bangkok? Guide to Bangkok Hotel Accommodation

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Coming down to Bangkok for Asia’s crazy nightlife, addictive chow-downs and amazing hotels? The megacity that is the capital of Thailand has more to offer to you than you think!

When you are on a mission to cram the best things on vacation into one week, it is definitely going to take a lot of planning and researching. Amidst all the temptations of the most amazing city in the world, you will have to choose the best things that will make the vacation more than just perfect.

Top on the list of visiting Bangkok 101 is locating yourself at the nucleus of all the killer-nightlife fun, crowded markets, ancient temples and incredible edibles on offer since there are too much of too many things to choose from. Ensure you know what you want so all you have to do is to just get out of the hotel and stroll down to an eatery by the side of the road. It is important to know that the hotel prices skyrocket dramatically depending on the time of the year and the seasons. High season usually falls from October to April so your best bargains are generally to be found from May to September. When it comes to staying at a hotel, Riverside Bangkok is a good area to base yourself at. Such centrally located properties like AVANI Atrium Bangkok offer easy access to the best the capital has to offer.

Next, comes sorting your amenities matter. Know if you are going for a great poolside bar, maybe a Muay Thai gym, spa or a restaurant with all the delicacies you wished for. Decide if it’s a room with a view or a standard room or a suite or a villa since there are so many choices to be made. Being on a budget does not mean you have to live through your vacation without style. If you wish, out of all those different various rooms and packages, you can choose your ideal location to enjoy Bangkok at your best!

Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world.