Tag Archives: thai history

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

Travel to historic Kanchanaburi, Thailand: Inspiration for the movie “Bridge on the River Kwai”

When visiting Thailand it is highly recommended that you travel to Kanchanaburi, the location that was the inspiration for the iconic movie “Bridge on the River Kwai”. The tragic story associated with the bridge is an internationally important historical landmark. The bridge, also known as “The Death Bridge”, is still in use today and is located in Kanchanaburi west of Bangkok, close to the Myanmar border. Continue reading Travel to historic Kanchanaburi, Thailand: Inspiration for the movie “Bridge on the River Kwai”

The significance of rice in Thailand

In Thailand, as in other Asian countries, rice plays a significant role in the country’s identity. Rice (khao) is not simply food. It represents an entire culture. There are historical, social, agricultural, economic and spiritual roots attached to this tiny grain. In Thailand, the day begins with “morning rice” and ends with “evening rice”. Continue reading The significance of rice in Thailand