The Differences Between Western Culture and Thai Culture

The Signs on the Road. In today’s article, I will tackle the specific differences between Western culture and Thai culture. Believe me, there are A LOT of differences in the two cultures and not just in wording and spelling! It goes waaay deeper than that, in so many areas, and the differences could actually surprise you. This is only natural because as human beings, we…

Hindu Gods in Thai Culture

At the Ganesha Park You may certainly have noticed that Hindu gods are very prominent in Thai culture and are a part of Thai religion. Thus, there are often images of these gods in Thai temples and shrines. In fact, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the three most important Hindu gods representing the recurring and continual cycles of birth, life, death and rebirth. This trinity,…

Spirit Houses in Thailand Protecting and Watching Over Inhabitants

Every Thai Buddhist holiday, my grandmother lit incense sticks and invited the denizens of a miniature house under the rose apple tree to a feast. As a child, I stood by guarding the spread of boiled chicken, rice, oranges, rum, and tea from our dogs, but my real watch was for any sign of spirits that were supposedly enjoying the offering. The small wooden house…

Living in Thailand: How to Fit into a Culture So Different Than Your Own

Leaving home to move to a different country, whether it be for retirement, teaching, volunteering, or studying, can be a stressful and sometimes overwhelming endeavor. When the country you’re moving to is completely foreign and different than your own, it makes that move even more challenging. The challenges of becoming an expat are also part of the fun, but it pays to do your research…

The Supernatural World in Thai Culture

Spirit of mythical princess looms large in Thai cave search Before you apply for a Thailand retirement visa, consider the following. If you’re familiar with Thai culture, you know that belief in ghosts and the supernatural is very prominent. Thus, supernatural beings can be divided into two main groups which are benevolent and malevolent spirits. The benevolent spirits are primarily guardian spirits, for instance the…

Thai Taxi Altars & Talismans

Amulets as blessings on the road In Thailand, a taxi ride may be an introduction to Thai culture and belief. Hence, it might even become a kind of religious experience regarding all the sacred objects and talismans that Thai taxi drivers arrange on their dashboard altars. You may ask yourself the reason for these talismans. Well, since the majority of Thai people are Buddhist, they believe…

Spotlight On Chiang Rai’s Hidden Charms

To receive more informative posts like this one be sure to subscribe Tucked away in the far-north of Thailand, Chiang Rai is emerging as the next destination to check out almost by accident. You could say Chiang Rai enjoys obscurity. For the casual visitors it presents a baffling puzzle; just what do you do after you have seen its colour-coded temples? But to others that’s…

Adultery In Thailand

Adultery in Thailand: Three Handy tips on Keeping your Penis attached to the rest of you. Wonder no more. Though Thailand has never been a major force in spectator sports, it recently took the coveted Adultery World Cup by a comfortable margin. But if you, silly farang, think you can get away with it, think again: Thai ladies play for keeps and, though you may escape with…

How Much Dowry Do I Need to Pay for My Bride in Thailand?

  Getting married is one of the most important life-changing decisions one can ever make and getting married in Thailand “the Land of Smiles” is definitely something to look forward to but you’ve got one major question before taking the big plunge. “How much dowry do I need to pay for my bride?” is a question that always pops up along with the other requirements…