Discovering Thai Culture From The Comfort of Your Home

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Published: May 6, 2020

At the time of writing, international travel has been brought to a standstill by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have had to cancel holidays to Thailand, but there are still ways you can experience Bangkok, Thai cuisine, the Thai people and the fantastic Thai culture.


Thailand is one of the most fascinating places in Southeast Asia and there is a reason it is known as the “Land of Smiles”. In this article we share ideas on how you can discover more about Thai culture from the comfort of your own home.

Contents


Read a Book on Thailand or Thai Culture

There are endless books on Thailand and Thai culture, but here are a few ideas.

Very Thai: Everyday Popular Culture

By Philip Cornwel-Smith

This great book provides unique insight into Thai culture and delves beyond the traditional Thai icons to reveal the casual, everyday expressions of Thainess that so delight and puzzle. From floral truck bolts and taxi altars to buffalo cart furniture and drinks in a bag. Learn about attitudes to public displays of affection, religion, ladyboys, and a lot more.

Sacred Tattoos of Thailand: Exploring the Magic, Masters and Mystery of Sak Yan

by Joe Cummings

This is the first illustrated book in English to trace the history and origins of the Tai hand-inked tattoo tradition. While Thailand remains the centre of the cultural form’s conservation and development, similar traditions exist today in Cambodia, Laos and parts of Vietnam, China and Burma. 


Follow a Social Media Channel on Thai Culture

Random Thainess

Random Thainess used to run regular talks on Thai Culture but went into hibernation. It has now come back to life by posting daily photos on Facebook to provoke thoughts about “Thainess” More is coming soon.

Visit Random Thainess on Facebook

(Disclaimer: The Founder of Expique is also a Co-Founder of Random Thainess)

Candid

Candid is a group of people from different countries, coming together to experience new cultures, foods, people, etc. It was set up by a Thai student and her friend who were studying in Poland. Most videos are about them exploring Thai cultures, but recently they have expanded to other cultures.

Watch Candid on YouTube


Watch a Thai Themed Movie

The classic movie people always thing about when they thing of Thailand is “The King and I” but we are sure many Thais would debate as to whether it truly reflects Thai Culture.

A good place to start would be watching the movies of one of Thailand’s most famous ghost stories “Pee Mak Phrakanong”. This is one of the most successful Thai movies of all times.

Here is a great article that lists some of the best Thai movies on NetFlix.

Of course, there are many Hollywood movies that feature Thailand and while you will get a sense of the culture, we will not comment on whether it portrays Thailand and the culture in the best way. Such films include The Beach and The Hangover Part 2.


Learn to Cook (and Eat) Thai Food

Food is a critical part of the Thai culture so if you learn about Thai food you by default can start to experience the culture. There are many great ways to learn to cook Thai food, either online or via cookbooks.

Our sister brand, The Market Experience (Cooking School), put together a great articles listing their favourite Thai cookbook and favourite Thai cooking channels

Check out the article here


Take a Virtual Thai Cultural Experience

In the age of COVID-19, companies around the world have been experimenting with virtual Tours and Experiences. Some people love them and even believe they are a big opportunity even when tourism starts to return to normal.

Some of the best collections of virtual tours and experiences come from the likes of AirBNB who launched their Online Experiences.

At Expique we have been experimenting with our “Bringing Bangkok To You” video series on Facebook and have lauched weekly Facebook Lives where we address different aspects of Thai culture and Bangkok each week. For the latest details follow us on Facebook,


Explore Bangkok with Expique

At Expique our mission is to help people discover the real Bangkok and the local cultures. We do this through a range of experiences including Food Tours, Walking Tours, Tuk Tuk Tours, Cooking Classes, and Market Experiences

Our Bestsellers

• Check out our Award Winning ★  Bangkok Night Lights Tuk Tuk Tour
• If you love food as much as us you will love our Evening Food and Tuk tuk Adventure
• If you wanna learn to cook check out our Thai Cooking with a Twist Class
• If you feel adventurous take an eScooter Scoot Bangkok’s Backstreet
• Don’t forget our famous Bangkok By Day: Temples, Markets, Snacks & Local Transport


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About Expique

Expique is an award winning experience operator based in Bangkok. We aim to show guests the uniqueness and beauty of Bangkok and the Thai Culture. Our experiences include tuk tuk tours, food tours, eScooter tours, walking tours, cooking classes and market experiences.

Experiences You May Like:

Classic Thai Cooking Class
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Local Historical Walk
Where East Meets West
Backstreet eScooter Tour
Scoot Bangkok’s Backstreets

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