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

Thai girls in traditional costumes

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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.

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EXPERIENCING CHINATOWN – AN ADVENTUROUS FORAY INTO A DIFFERENT WORLD

Life in Bangkok can be hectic and is often marred by bad traffic jams. To beat traffic and transport problems staying in an area like Asoke with several transport options is convenient and several accommodation options had under the blanket term of Hotel in Asoke. If it is easy access and urban tranquility you want AVANI Atrium Bangkok would be a good choice. Within the heart of Bangkok lies a fascinating area, Chinatown. It is one of the world’s biggest and most authentic Chinese communities outside China.

Located between Chao Phraya River and Klong Phadun Krung Kasem Chinatown has a resplendent ceremonial gate marking its entrance.This was erected to commemorate the 60th anniversary of late King Bhumibhol’s coronation signifying the Chinese community’s loyalty to the King. Yaowarat Road is the main Street and at night is a gourmand’s haven. Oyster omelets, dim sum, flat noodles in pepper broth and homemade ice cream are popular items. Chinatown is great for gold with many shops selling it. Sampang Lane is a narrow lane and is crammed with shops and stalls. It is said that the lane is so narrow you can grab a flip flop in one hand and a Christmas tree with the other. Silk sarongs, toys, jewellery, shoes, souvenirs, dried food and a host of other items are on sale here. The Thieves Market now officially known as Nakon Kasen sells not stolen goods but second hand goods like antique cameras. The temple Wat Traimit has the largest Gold Buddha in the world on an altar and surrounded by traditional gold arches. Wat Mongkol Kamalawat nestling in Chinatown’s heart is Bangkok’s largest and most important Chinese Buddhist Temple and has splendid Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian shrines. For a panoramic view of Chinatown and beyond visit the Grand China Princess Revolving Rooftop Bar. The buildings here reflect Bangkok’s early architectural styles and around 14% have been designated as historical landmarks. A good example is Tang To Gung Gold Shop A great time to visit Chinatown is during festivals like the Chinese New Year and the Flower festival.

Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe.

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