Travel Guide to Thailand – Thailand lies in Southeast Asia . It borders Myanmar , Laos , Cambodia and Malaysia . It offers many attractions, a tropical climate and it also is relatively inexpensive, safe, and – thanks to a well-developed public transport system – on your own to travel relatively easy.
History of Thailand start By the middle of the 14th Century. a unified Thai kingdom was established. Until 1939 as Siam known, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country that has never been annexed by a European power – and this fact is to be proud of today. A peaceful revolution in 1932 brought the country a constitutional monarchy. In the second First World War, Thailand was an ally of Japan and after the conflict was an ally of the United States. After a string of military dictatorships, which was then interrupted by civilian governments, the country has stabilized, despite the crises of 1997 and 2007, politically and economically. Above it all stands still King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) , who ruled since 1946 and with it the longest-serving monarch in the world.
The life of Thai people is strongly influenced by Buddhism influenced. Unlike in other Buddhist countries of East Asia , the Thais are followers of Theravada Buddhism , which is geared closer to the roots of Indian monks and attaches a great importance. For young Thai people, there is an obvious practice of one day becoming an orange-robed monk in life, typically three months during the rainy season. The colorful and are ubiquitous, with abundant gold ornate temples, they are Wat ‘s called. In addition, a pre-Buddhist tradition survives to this day that the Spirit House (ศาล พระภูมิsaan phraphuum ). They are typically placed at the boundary of a property once it is built to the spirits who have been living here to be a substitute home. Perhaps the most famous spirit house is the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok , the Grand Hyatt Erawan Hotel is supposed to protect. Another question about this “main culture” there are cultural minorities in the north of Thailand, the mountain people of the Karen, Lisu, Hmong, Lahu and Akha. In the southern provinces , the majority of Muslim population and on some islands in the Andaman Sea live Chao Leh (“sea creatures or sea nomads” – Thai: ชาวเล).
The country mainly different Thai languages are spoken. This is the language of the central region (Thai Klaang) as general high-level language, called also used in schools or in dealing with authorities in other parts of the country simply as “Thai”. There is also an important varieties of Tai-language Kham Mueang in the north, Laos to the northeast and the south Dambro and a variety of Tai languages, which are used by only a few speakers (or as Lu Shan). “Thai” is a distinct mixed language and has assumed, among many concepts from the ancient Indian language Sanskrit and Pali words and syntactic structures, many of the Mon and Khmer (for example, is the usual salutation, “khun” a Sun-word). The Thai language is certainly not easy to learn. The same word in up to 5 different accents can also have many meanings. A good beginning can be helpful and the website: Thai course start.
English is understood (especially in the busy tourist areas). In parts of Issan region is Lao, spoken in other parts Khmer (the national language of Cambodia). Lao is closely related to Thai in Thailand and is written for political reasons with Thai characters, in contrast with the independent Lao Lao script. The hill tribes in the north have their own languages.
“Food” means in Thai gin khao “eat rice”. Rice is an integral part of almost every meal. Even for breakfast is Tom Kao , a rice soup , for which the rice is cooked with plenty of water and, together with various ingredients. It is milder than it is often the case with food in the Thai cuisine and is usually before serving with fresh spring onions, roasted garlic and sometimes garnished. Kao Tom Gai called a rice soup with chicken, Kao Tom Gung those with shrimp.
The Thai cuisine is known for its variety and sophistication and is one for connoisseurs of the best in the world. Good food is important for Thai people. Due to its location on the sea, of course, fish and other seafood are an integral part of the offer. Food is generally of high quality and very inexpensive. The ingredients – vegetables, fish, meat (especially chicken, even next to beef and pork) – are fresh and are often cooked in a wok, which they are heated quickly and retain their fresh taste. The Thai people eat five to six times a day. Therefore, there is no fixed menu planning or programs which are common in the West and the Arab world. Meals are served together – another reason why it is advisable not alone, but to go eat in a group and to combine as you wish.
For Western tongues the food is often very very sharp. What Thais feel is not particularly sharp, for most Westerners often too sharp. Who would not like spicy, order expressly “not spicy”. On the safe side it is usually with “Fried Rice Chicken / Pork / Vegetable” dishes, they are not sharp.