Thainess Part 9: “No Problem”

Thais rarely display strong negative emotions, with bouts of anger, tantrums, and public crying somewhat unusual. This doesn’t mean they aren’t displayed in private, or that the emotions aren’t there, simply that a person does not want to lose face by showing their feelings in public. Thais are often seen as being super laidback because … Continue reading Thainess Part 9: “No Problem”

Thainess Part 7: Attire & Prohibitions

I am quite a fan of traditional Thai clothing, chut thai (ชุดไทย), which literally means "Thai outfit". Generally, the items are made of colorful silk or hand-woven cotton and consists of several elements. For women, the parts are the pha sin (ผ้าซิ่น) in northern regions of Thailand which is a handmade traditional tube skirt, the … Continue reading Thainess Part 7: Attire & Prohibitions

Thainess Part 4: Spirit Shrines

Various animist practices have also been integrated into Thai religious life. Belief in ghosts and spirits is strong in Thailand, stemming from traditional pre-Buddhism beliefs, and you’ll notice miniature shrines set up in villages and cities throughout the country. The houses, called San Phra Phum, or shrine of the guardian spirit, are part of a … Continue reading Thainess Part 4: Spirit Shrines

Thainess Part 3: King, Nationalism & Religion

The Monarchy Thailand is a constitutional monarchy, and the royal family is revered throughout the country. The previous King -- Bhumibol Adulyadej, better known in the West as Rama IX -- was especially beloved for his six decades of public service and humble demeanor. Following his death in October 2016, his son Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama … Continue reading Thainess Part 3: King, Nationalism & Religion