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Learn about Thai Culture!

The uniqueness of Thai culture comes across with an overwhelming diversity stemming from 76 provinces.

Understanding Thai culture, however, is not that simple. Westerners, who live several years in Thailand, often state that things looking very similar to western cultures are in fact deeply different, while things looking very strange are in fact very similar to western cultures.

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Where to begin? The most official Web site is from the National Cultural Commission. If it's not really what you're looking for, see below.
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thailandlife This young man, Panrit 'Gor' Daoruang, is probably world-wide the best-known ambassador of Thai culture. Ever since the age of 12, for more than 10 years now, he blogs literally all aspects of his life on thailandlife.com where we recommend you to start your journey to Thai culture.
The next stop you might have at Thaiways Magazine, published for 24 years already. They have a nice section about different cultural aspects from traditional culture over linguistic culture to court culture in Thailand.
Certainly, travel agencies belong to those who are most interested in keeping their customers out of travel. Such an informative site you find at thai4u.com.
A short but comprehensive overview on Thai history (including recent and modern ones), is provided by the probably best tourist guide you might find about Thailand: Lonely Planet.

For those more open to audiovisual sensation, we recommend children as your guides into Thai culture. Sriwittayapaknam School in Samut Prakan, near Bangkok, is one of Thailand's most successful institution in educating Web masters - aged 12. A visit at www.thaistudents.com is always a good experience! (From IIS-RU, very warm greetings to Richard Barrow, the father of this Web wonder.)

Thai school students live their specific culture every day. Have a look at Thai Culture at School as well!

If all the tips above did not provide you the right input, there is still the never ending source of information: Wikipedia. Following this link leads you to 23 sub-categories of Thai culture.

If you couldn't find the aspects you are looking for, please let us know. We are always ready to help!

 

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