Cultural Insights – The Importance of Colors

In our Western society, we don’t pay that much attention to the color of our clothes, besides wearing black at a funeral. Thailand, however, superstitious as it often times is, has a multi-faceted culture that revolves around colors. It is deeply ingrained in their lives and the choice of clothing is only one part of it. However, it doesn’t necessarily have to be about superstitions, religion or the monarchy, but it includes the more mundane aspects as well as the coloring of the busses in Bangkok. 

We will give you a rundown of everything you need to know about their affection for the colorful and the important role that it can play. Continue reading Cultural Insights – The Importance of Colors

The Best Restaurants in Krabi Town

As tourism continues to boom in Thailand, Krabi is one of the provinces that benefit the most from it. Due to this exponential growth, there are a lot of different restaurants to choose from. Some of them have been offering their classic Southern Thai food for many years. Others opened more recently and are contemporary restaurants that put a modern twist on classics, while also offering some great European options. 

We will present you with three fantastic dining places in Krabi Town. There are plenty more out there, but for now, we will stick to these three fine restaurants. Continue reading The Best Restaurants in Krabi Town

Cultural Insights – Gold in Buddhism and Thai Culture

For many civilizations throughout history, the value of gold was mainly of a materialistic nature. It was a symbol of power, wealth and influence, and a lot of unspeakable crimes were committed in order to accumulate more of this shiny metal. On the other hand for people like the Aztecs, Incas and, of course, Buddhists it had, and still has a symbolic meaning. So, for this part of our ‘Cultural Insights’ series, we will talk about the importance of gold in Buddhism. Continue reading Cultural Insights – Gold in Buddhism and Thai Culture

Cultural Insights: Ghosts and Spirits

We have touched on the subject of spirits briefly in our first post about cultural insights, but today we want to talk a little more about the animistic beliefs in Thailand. Despite being mainly influenced by the Buddhist religion, the belief in spirits and ghosts (known as Phi) never left the minds and hearts of the local people. It is said that spirits reside everywhere around us; may it be in rocks, trees, the wind, the rice, the threshold of houses – there is no place, where they can’t be found. A good example, where you can “find” a spirit is when you see a tree with colorful cloth wrapped around it. This is a sign that a ghost resides in it.  Continue reading Cultural Insights: Ghosts and Spirits