Listen to the Thai Anthem
in its bosom all people of Thai blood.
Every inch of Thailand belongs to the Thais.
It has long maintained its sovereignty,
Because the Thais have always been united.
The Thai people are peace-loving,
But they are no cowards at war.
They shall allow no one to rob them of their independence,
Nor shall they suffer tyranny.
All Thais are ready to give up every drop of blood
For the nation's safety, freedom and progress.
Beloved Thai Monarchs
Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX
Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great is the world's longest reigning
monarch. In 1996, the Thai Kingdom celebrated His Majesty's 50th year
on the Throne. His Majesty was born 72 years ago in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
He began His reign at the age of 19. During the past 53 years, King
Bhumibol has traveled throughout the Kingdom to witness directly the
living conditions in the provinces where most of His subjects live and
work. His Majesty has consistently provided not only moral support and
encouragement to the Thai people, He has also made available various
types of assistance, through charitable foundations under His patronage,
for rural development projects designed to improve His subjects' livelihood.
His Majesty has an enlightened vision for a modern Thailand. His vision
has provided inspiration for successive governments throughout His reign.
He is committed to the development of democracy and defends its principles
in the government of Thailand. His Majesty's resolve and dedication
to the welfare of the Thai people have contributed greatly to the political
stability and economic growth that Thailand has enjoyed over the past
50 years. King Bhumibol has truly earned the love and reverence of his
people, who regard Him as the soul of the Thai Kingdom. Biography
of a his majesty
King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Chualongkorn, Rama V
Chualongkorn, Rama V, (born 1853, enthroned 1868, died 1910)
of Thailand's most beloved and revered kings. Many Thai people wear
necklaces with his picture and have Buddhist shrines in that contain
his picture. In the 1880s Chualongkorn implemented the reforms that
he considered vital for the kingdom to survive the threats and demands
of Western nations. He announced the gradual abolition of slavery, began
the creation of a modern army, overhauled the revenue system, reorganized
the provincial administration and extended the capital's control in
outlying regions, began a modern education system, and reformed the
bureaucracy. With improving transportation facilities (e.g. modern
available to international trade, Western-style law codes
and administration in place, and a growing reputation for progressive
aspirations, Siam gained sufficient Western goodwill to retain its independence
during an era where hostile European nations would have otherwise carved
the country into pieces. Other links to chakri dynasty kings include
Kings of the
Mongkut, Rama IV
Mongkut, Rama IV (reigned 1851-1868)
as 'The Father of Thai science'. Along with his son Chulalongkorn,
Rama V (reigned 1868-1910)
, guided Thailand through the latter half
of the 19th century, a dangerous period for Thailand given pressures
from expansionist British and Dutch forces. Mrs Anna Leonowen was
hired to teach English lessons to his royal children. The famous book
'The King and I' was written by her. Despite the lovely
score written by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II, 'The
King and I' is not at all a factual account. Mrs. Leonowen was
only mentioned in the meticulous annals of the Thai court once, and
only then in a footnote to a shopping list for the palace school.
'The King and I' is viewed as an insulting series of lies by the Thai people, and it
is banned in Thailand. The Thai ambassador to the U.S., Mr Nitya
Pibulsonggram, makes the Thai point of view clear in his letter
to Mr Christopher Cox
of the Boston Herald.
Thai people are fierce monarchists. Insulting the King is perhaps the
single quickest way to wear out your welcome!
(Beloved Thai Monarchs an excert from the Thai Boxing Association - USA)
The Thai people
are a happy go lucky people, with their favourite phrase being 'If its
not fun, why are you doing it!?!' Their lives evolve around being happy,
and gaining merit for their next life, by either being good, or doing
good for others. From the North, North East, Central and to the South,
you will find Thailand's people to be completely different. Their foods,
thoughts, religious ceremonies and day to day activities vary hugely
from one region to the next. They are a very complex and beautiful race,
with so much diversity, that you could spend a lifetime studying them,
and you would only start to scratch the surface.
of Thais are Buddhists, and they actively take steps to make this known
in ninety-nine percent of their daily routine. They will either be wearing,
or have a symbolic Buddhist item on their person. Many rural men will
have 'magic tattoos', which are tapped into their skin with
the sharp end of a bamboo stick dipped in ink. This is done only by
a few highly ranked and revered monks, who will chant a mantra as they
perform the task. You will often find Buddhist script and symbolic images
scrolled on the roofs of taxis, bus's, tuk-tuks, desks of office workers,
around a Thai persons waist and neck. The images, script, and symbolic
items are found everywhere, even wrapped around old trees, prow of boats,
back of elephants, and on revered pets.
You will no doubt see Thai's
smiling most of the time, even when it appears to be inappropriate or
distasteful to us. Their smile is not as simple as a western smile;
it can mean many different things. One may smile because they are happy,
one may smile because they are sad and don't wish for you to be burdened
with their misfortune. Another may smile, because they do not wish for
you to loose face, say when you trip over something. They are not laughing
at you, they are trying to turn it into a comical act, that you was
performing for them very well, so that you do not loose face in front
of other people who may have seen you trip.
Taking that Thailand is on
the other side of the planet to us, you would think it would be obvious
that the Thais are different to us. Some of there nuances run spookily
parallel to our own; lets say the handshake and the Wai. Both forms
of greeting, completion of business, accomplishment and level of stature.
But some of their behaviour, thought and customs are completely on their
head compared to ours.
For instance if we find ourselves
with nothing to do with our hands, we are told to put them in our pockets.
The Thais take this as a great offence, as they think you are trying
to hide something from them, they would much rather see you pulling
hairs out of your nose. And no, its not rude to pick your nose in public,
a lot of Thais seem spend most of their life with a finger up their
How about the more popular
comparison of zebra crossings, you know the one. The comparison where
in the West we stop when someone is close to a zebra crossing, to let
them pass. But in the East, I dare you to step out in hope of the traffic
coming to a stop. It just isn't going to happen, not even if you're
a monk or a police officer!
Some of the most sensational
food found on this here planet Earth, has to be Thai food!
There are basically five types
of Thai food:
Thai Thai dishes - Papaya salad, Sweet red & crispy
back pork, Prawns in spicy soup.
Isan Thai dishes - Bamboo soup, Deep Fried frog, Broiled
spicy pork (with a lot of chillies).
Khmen Thai dishes - BBQ buffalo dung, Scorpions, Dog, Snake,
anything that moves!
Thai Chinese dishes - Sweet pork ham hock,
Thick noodle gravy, Duck - anyway you like.
Western Thai dishes - Green chicken curry, Cashew nut with chicken, Chicken & ginger.
It would be fair to say that
you could eat a different Thai dish everyday for two years, without
eating the same food twice. Thai's love very spicy foods, mainly because
they love to be able to taste the food that they have just eaten for
some time after the occasion. They love and revere their rice, as much
as they do their King and Buddha, don't ever leave rice, ever!
The Thai's are communal people,
they very rarely eat alone, usually waiting and going hungry rather
than to eat on their own. This is an impressive feat, seems they spend
most of the morning, brunch, lunch, tea, supper, dinner, midnight snack,
thinking about what they are going to eat next. It would be fair to
say that most Thais spend their time thinking about two things, 'what
am I going to eat next' and 'what am I going to eat now!'
Muay Thai Stamps
Issued in 1973
Issued in 1996
Issued in 2003
of Siam to Thailand ~ from BC 1238 - Present