Download e-book for iPad: A Geek in Thailand: Discovering the Land of Golden Buddhas, by Jody Houton

By Jody Houton

ISBN-10: 1462917143

ISBN-13: 9781462917143

A Geek in Thailand is a light-hearted yet perceptive examine one of many world's such a lot visited nations from the perspective of a tender international resident.

More than simply a Thai commute advisor, it deals a concise yet insightful tackle Thailand for travelers, expats, would-be expats, and others—anyone, in reality, with an curiosity in vacationing or studying concerning the Land of Smiles.

Packed with brief articles followed through sidebar tales and interviews and evocative colour images, the writer paints a vibrant and revealing photograph of a rustic equipped on a deep reverence for kingdom, faith and monarchy, but with its personal detailed, individualistic perspective.

Subjects variety from the touchstones of Thai tradition and heritage, corresponding to its politics and financial system, Buddhism and folklore, to chapters on conventional Thai layout and craftsmanship, together with its hugely acclaimed structure and tremendous silk textiles. There also are chapters at the globally well known Thai foodstuff and leisure like kickboxing and cabaret. Chapters at the Thai personality and cultural do's and don'ts will enable the reader to head past the Thai smile.

For viewers to the rustic, the writer contains his most sensible ten issues to determine and do more often than not vacationer locations in addition to an account of the most gala's and tips about getting around.

A Geek in Thailand comprises titbits that at the floor could seem as bizarre as they're very good yet are absolute to spark the reader's curiosity.

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1/9/15 1:30 PM THAI DESIGN AND CRAFTSMANSHIP SUKHOTHAI, BANGKOK 43 THE DHARA DHEVI, CHIANG MAI AMANPURI, PHUKET PHULAY BAY, KRABI THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL, BANGKOK FOUR SEASONS, CHIANG MAI Elephant Treks to the Border The architecture and grounds of the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort in Chiang Rai make it a stunning place from which to explore the ancient Lanna culture of northern Thailand. Situated on the Thai border of the Golden Triangle, the resort offers guests the chance to go on elephant treks in the dense jungles, visit nearby hill tribes and enjoy breathtaking views of neighboring Cambodia and Laos.

Shapes, lines and motifs from these places are integral features of the Thai architectural landscape. “You see both Indian and Chinese influence in the design of different temples. One of Thailand’s most famous temples, Wat Arun, for example, is a real melting pot. Images of ancient Chinese soldiers and animals are around the base of the Khmer-style central tower while other sculptures are inspired by Indian Hindu gods and goddesses like Shiva. If you want to understand Thai architecture, you have to trace its historical origins,” says Dr Pattrapon.

Thai people still prefer to eat seated on the floor. This, again, has its origins in functionality. In most social situations, Thais are preoccupied with social status and hierarchy and the potential for embarrassing scenarios caused by chairs of different heights. If, however, everyone sits on the floor, then everyone is equal and potential problems are avoided. The host just has to be careful with the allocation of the floor cushions. Most Thai houses also have a shrine area, complete with Buddha images, photos of deceased relatives and photos of the King and Queen of Thailand.

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