Welcome to Thailand Introduction Brief History and hill tribes Religion Major tourist attractions Food Culture Customs and Traditions Sex Industry Conclusion
Geography Location: Southeastern Asia, bordering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand Geographic coordinates: 15 00 N, 100 00 E Area: 514,000 sq km 4 main zones: the fertile central plains; the northeast plateau; the mountainous North; the tropical southern peninsula. ClimateTemp.: 38°C-19°C (annual average :29°C.) Humidity :66%-82.8%.
Brief Introduction of Thai History Ancient Empires Hill Tribes The origin of Thai people
Where are Tai people originally from? migrated originally from southern China originally from what is today Szechuan province in China have moved in and out of Southeast Asia beginning as early as 5000 years ago
Thai village temple http://www.thaihomestays.com/images/temple1.jpg
The religious influence on Thai’s way of getting along with people A “weapon” The Thai smile
The religious influence on Thai’s way of getting along with people A slight bow, with the palms pressed together in a prayer-like fashion www.thailandbuddy.com/culture/index.html
The religious influence on Thai’s way of getting along with people The wai has been adopted by western cultural symbols in Thailand, including McDonald’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ronald_mcdonald_thailand.jpg
Some Major Tourist Attractions Wat Pho in Bangkok
combines history, medical science and is a center for meditation and traditional massage training
most famous for the golden reclining Buddha that measures 46 meters and has feet inlaid with mother-of pearl.
Some Major Tourist Attractions Vimanmek Palace in Bangkok
an outstanding example of 19th century architecture
Has most important Buddha statue which was discovered in 1444
Some Major Tourist Attractions Phraya Singhanatracha Memorial in Mae Hong Son
commemorates the first governor of Mae Hong Son
As a Thai Yai native from Burma (Myanmar), He was regarded by the people as the governor of KhunYuam Town
Some Major Tourist Attractions Wat To Phae in Mae Hong Son
it is said that raft assembling people used to gather up in this area prior to making a teak trees raft trip to the marketing places.
……………………Food………………….. fresh herbs, spices, fish sauce four fundamental tastes: salty, spicy, sweet, and sour
Typical Thai meal a curry, a stir-fry, a salad, a vegetable dish , a soup, Rice Healthy popular dishes: tom yam kung (spicy shrimp soup) kaengkhiao wan kai(green chicken curry) phatthai(fried noodles of Thai style)
Thailand as eating paradise Grains, vegetables, meat (major agricultural country) Fresh ! Delicious ! Cheap ! Seafood -easily acquired (many rivers and the sea) Fruits-well harvested (the ideal tropical climate and growing environment)
(all ingredients are cut in slices or small pieces) Frequent snacking XWasting of food Group dining (sharing harmony) Eating on the ground I can sense the HARMONY among the Thais !
Custom No shoes indoor feet : the lowest and dirtiest part of the body Don’t touch anyone’s head head : the most respected part smiling but little eye contact during conversation Sincere, quiet, subtle and indirect squat toilet water reservoirs Time concept- late is commonly acceptable Common Traffic jam Slow service procedure Late appointments
Festival Chiang Mai Flower Festival (taking place for 3 days from the first Friday of February) promote the growing of flowers and decorative plants in Chiang Mai feature a parade of dances and music, beauty contests and display of precious plants.
Songkran Festival (13-15 Apr) traditional Thai New Year water splashing merit making, cleaning houses honouring elders parades of dancers and music troupes boat races
Candle Festival (usually held on KhaoPhansa Day) huge, intricately carved candles to be lit continuously folk dances and floats to the monasteries
LoiKrathong Festival (8 Nov) float krathongs (lotus-shaped vessels lovely decorated with flowers and lit candles) thanksgiving and worship to the Goddess of Water
Sport THAI BOXING "MUAY THAI" “The Art of the Eight Limbs" -use of hands, shins, elbows, and knees
Sex Industry Thailand Sex Worship http://www.indigoguide.com/thailand/industry.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PatPong_Dancer.jpg
Conclusion Effect of culture to hospitality and tourism industry Increase hospitality and tourism industry
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