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Thai Culture

To be in Thailand is to experience a unique cultural change. Indeed, this country is the only country in Southeast Asia that has never been colonized. So it has a culture that has had time to develop over a millennium. We offer you an overview of the different cultural pillars in the Land of Smiles.

The main religion in Thailand is Buddhism, with more than 95% of the population as followers. That’s why it’s not uncommon to come across temples of all sizes when you explore the city. Buddhism is very present in Thai society and it is traditional for a man to become a monk for up to 3 months before he enters the work force. We recommend you to visit Wat Phra Kaeo in Bangkok, Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep in Chiang Mai, or Wat Chai Watthanaram in Ayutthaya (former capital of the country).

The Food

The cost of food is extremely low in Thailand, you can eat very well for about 1 € per meal if you go to the street food carts found throughout the cities at meal times. The restaurants will not usually be too expensive, count a dozen euros on average. You can request to have your dishes spicy or not. Namely, a dish that’s “not spicy” will have a single chili instead of the usual ten. As for what’s on the plate, know that Thailand loves rice, so much so that the verb to eat (gin kow) literally means to eat rice in Thai.

One of the typical dishes of the country is curry, whether chicken, beef, or fish. You will find rice or rice pasta with meat, all accompanied by a tasty mixture of cumin, coriander, chili, etc.

The Sports

Unsurprisingly, the national sport in Thailand is Thai boxing. Muay Thai is a spectacular fighting sport where the use of hands, elbows, knees, and feet are allowed. It’s one that gathers the most spectators. However, if you want to leave the land for the sea, Thailand is a land full of locations perfect for diving, especially on the Andaman Sea with the Similan Islands.