Thailand's pride in maintaining its national heritage is reflected through the preservation of Thai theatre and dance in the modern era.
In Thailand, traditional theatre and dance are fully intertwined. Likay, Khon and Lakon Nai are all forms of classical Thai drama that utilize dance as a storytelling medium. Each enjoys a following in contemporary Thailand where there is a pride in maintaining national heritage. The differences in these arts are subtle. Khon solely depicts the ancient story of Ramakien, whereas Lakon Nai takes its themes from a range of Thai legends. In some styles of dance/theatre masks are worn, in others they are not. To ensure the purity of the arts, Thai theatre and dance are fully supported by the country's royal family and enjoy a sanctity often reserved for more religious activities. Like elsewhere, in contemporary Thai arts there is a clear division between theatre and dance. Driven by experimentation amongst students from various arts facilities, many theatres and institutions now host modern productions with greater western influence than in previous eras.