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January 2019
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History and Culture > Thai Traditional Ways of Life

Thai Traditional Ways of Life in Thailand

Thailand has a number of examples of lifestyles that have existed for centuries and continue to exist in the present day...
 

Must see

Thailand is a modern country firmly established in the 21st century. Despite this, there remain examples of lifestyles that have existed for centuries and continue to exist despite the advent of modernity. In and around the capital there are still a number of communities that are as they ever were - the Ban Bat community (where monk's bowls are made) and the pottery community of Koh Kret are examples. Of course, beyond the capital traditional ways of life flourish. The hilltribes of northern Thailand are certainly communities that have resisted change, as are the seafaring communities of southern Thailand. Thailand also has a lot of communities based around occupations and trades that have profited from maintaining their traditional work approaches.


Chiang Rai
Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong in Chiang Rai is very reminiscent of parts of China and much of the area's history has a strong Chinese connections. When the Communists took over mainland China in 1949, remnants...
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Golden Triangle

Golden Triangle is in Chiang Rai Province, in the far north of Thailand. It was an expansive area taking in parts of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. In the past, the region was famed for opium...
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Loei
Chiang Khan
Chiang Khan is a small and a calm town located at the border line of Khong River. The town is quiet and people have a simple life style. It has many beautiful temples. The town still has a row of old...
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Mae Hong Son
Long Neck Karen Villages

To some it can be a strange experience visiting a group of people as a tourist attraction. People visit to see woman wearing heavy brass rings which make their necks appear very long.

The...
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Nakhon Ratchasima
Dan Kwian Earthenware Village

Known as the 'land of ceramics', Dan Kwian is Nakhon Ratchasima's main ceramics center. Previously an area where bull-carts would stop on their way to nearby Khorat, generations of Dan Kwian...
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Worth seeing

Thailand is a modern country firmly established in the 21st century. Despite this, there remain examples of lifestyles that have existed for centuries and continue to exist despite the advent of modernity. In and around the capital there are still a number of communities that are as they ever were - the Ban Bat community (where monk's bowls are made) and the pottery community of Koh Kret are examples. Of course, beyond the capital traditional ways of life flourish. The hilltribes of northern Thailand are certainly communities that have resisted change, as are the seafaring communities of southern Thailand. Thailand also has a lot of communities based around occupations and trades that have profited from maintaining their traditional work approaches.

If you are in Thailand for a longer visit and you have more time to explore, the following communities might be worth a visit.

Bangkok
Ban Bat

The daily ritual of monks walking along the Sois of Thailand to collect alms (donations of food) is one image that lingers in the memory of many a visitor to Thailand. Barefoot and dressed only in...
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Koh Kret

Although officially located in Nonthaburi Province, Koh Kret is reasonably accessible from Bangkok. An island in the middle of the Chao Phraya River, Koh Kret was founded in the Thonburi era and...
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Chiang Mai
BorSang village

Borsang Umbrella and Thai Handicraft Village are usually approached as a single trip and often on an organized tour. Borsang Umbrella and Thai Handicraft Village offers a wide range of Thai...
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Doi Pui

Doi Pui (1658 meteres above see level) is a part of Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.

Doi Pui Peak has a cold weather all the year. Bird watching is an activity here where more than 300...
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Chiang Rai
Doi Hua Mae Kham

Doi Hua Mae Kham is home to a number of hill tribe villages along the Thai Burmese border. Although the inhabitants of these villages are predominantly of the Lisu tribe, a number of...
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Khon Kaen
Chonnabot Silk District

Located 60 kilometres southeast of Khon Kaen, Chonnabot is famed for its world-renowned 'Mudmee' brand of Thai cotton and silk. The brand name comes from the unique process involved in producing...
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Loei
Ban Na Kraseng Rattan Furniture and Fabric Weaving Village

Located in Tha Li district of Loei, Ban Na Kraseng makes its living preparing rattan furniture and handicrafts alongside traditionally woven fabrics. These days these activities are driven by the...
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Tai Dam Cultural Village

The Tai Dam Cultural Village is home to an ethic minority that came to Thailand from Laos in 1905. Their traditional lifestyle has been maintained through their arts and crafts that have...
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Nakhon Ratchasima
Pak Thong Chai Silk Village

Despite this age of high technology and automation, it is a little known fact that the bulk of silk produced in Thailand is spun by hand in silk villages using traditional techniques. Pak Thong...
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Phang-Nga
Morgan Village

Located on the small island of Koh Surin Tai live the 'Morgan Sea Gypsies' - a seafaring tribe that has a number of communities in countries around the Andaman Sea (particularly Indonesia where...
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Panyi Fishing Village

Located off the coast near Phang-nga town is the island of Koh Panyi. Set amongst a series of 'Karst' (small limestone islands that have eroded away to create strangely shaped rock), Panyi is a...
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Phuket
Phuket Old Town

Phuket Old Town has a group of buildings which were reminiscent of European architecture. The beginning of the tin boom in the 19th century led to construction of many fine mansions and shops that...
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Ubon Ratchthani
Ban Pa Ao

This village is one of the oldest villages in Ubon Ratchathani. According to history, the villagers actually immigrated from Vientiane during the reign of King Siri Bunsan and settled here....
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