Thailand: Culture and Food

Known for its gorgeous terrain, amazing cuisine and laid back culture, Thailand is the next best holiday destination for you and your friends to have a unique and surreal experience away! 

With our range of fascinating facts about Thailand’s customs, traditions and beliefs, you’ll be set to fly on over to the “Land of Smiles”! 


TRADITIONAL CUSTOMS

There are many traditional customs embodied in Thai culture. Whether it is learning how to greet locals, or what not to do when visiting sacred sites. 

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  • Greet others with the Wai – In Thailand, locals greet each other using the Wai, as a sign of respect. Place your palms together at your chest and bow your head. 
  • Do not touch anyone on the head – The head is considered sacred, and therefore it is looked down upon to touch someone’s head. It is also disrespectful to point your feet at others. 
  • Do not mention the king – It is a serious offence to disrespect the king’s name. In fact, it’s best to not talk about the King at all as Thai people can be very sensitive. Don’t stomp on a coin rolling away or a banknote either, as it contains the Kings image. 
  • Cover up – When visiting sacred temples, wats, monasteries or palaces, it is important to cover up your elbows and knees. 
  • Gift giving – If you’re planning to give a gift to someone, don’t wrap it in black, blue or green. These colours are used in funerals and associate with mourning. Instead, opt for red, which is an auspicious colour that symbolises good luck.

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DINING ETIQUETTE

Thailand is known to be the land of friendliness and hospitality. Foreigners aren’t expected to effortlessly master the complex world of Thai etiquette, however, it is good to have a basic understanding on what is acceptable and what is frowned upon!

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  • Eat off your spoon, not from your fork – It is considered crude and unrefined to eat directly off your fork. Instead, you should use your fork to push the food onto your spoon. Hold your spoon in your right hand, and fork in left!
  • Use your fingers to eat rice – Whether you’re dining at a restaurant or in someone’s house, you should always use your right hand to eat sticky rice – using your fingers! 
  • Don’t leave any food on your plate – Try not to leave any food on your plate, particularly meat and vegetables from main meals. When finished eating, nestle your spoon and fork together to indicate that you are full. 
  • Share your food – When eating with a group of people, it is polite to share the range of dishes provided with everyone. Don’t take the whole plate of food either, it’s better to take one-two spoonfuls of each dish at a time. 
  • Napkin or toilet paper? – In Thai food culture, napkins and toilet paper are basically the same thing. Sometimes you’ll find a piece of toilet paper sitting on your plate – but rest assured, it’s completely fine to wipe your hands with it! 

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SUPERSTITIONS AND BELIEFS

The Thai people are incredibly superstitious. There is an endless lift of strange, but incredibly fascinating beliefs that to someone from a different culture will find quite unfamiliar. 

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  • Geckos – It is believed that if you hear a gecko before you leave your home, it is a warning that something bad will happen and you should, therefore, stay home. 
  • No haircut on Wednesdays – Most hairdressers are closed on Wednesday as it is believed to be bad luck to have your haircut that day. This superstition stems back to the royal family who would often get a haircut on a Wednesday, and therefore common people where prohibited to do so. 
  • Don’t call a baby cute –  Legends say that if you say your baby is cute, an evil spirit will hear and snatch your baby away. It is also believed that if a pregnant women attends a funeral, her baby will be haunted by the spirit of a dead person once it is born. 
  • Ghosts will tell you your next winning lottery numbers – Ghosts are mentioned largely in Thai culture and belief, so much that they are believed to predict your future in the form of lottery numbers. Most of the times it will be the last two numbers, but you must ask the ghost. 

7 Thai Street Foods you must try!

Thailand is not only renowned for its breathtaking beaches and culture but also for its mouth watering cuisine.

A common way to enjoy a meal, either alone or with friends, is at the street food stalls. The food stalls are set up along the streets and showcases Thailand’s plentiful and diverse dishes.

After you order your meal, find your dining spot at one of the plastic tables and chairs nearby!

Keep reading to see our top picks for Thai Street Food.

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 1. Pad See Eiw

Pad See Eiw is a Chinese-influenced dish consisting of flat rice noodle stir fried in dark soy sauce and light soy sauce. Chinese broccoli, egg and either chicken, pork or beef is also added to the dish.

2. Thai Roti

Thai Roti has a Muslim origin but is a staple with street food vendors. The flat bread is commonly eaten as a dessert as it is filled with bananas, condensed milk and even chocolate.

The main objective for the food vendors is to flatten the Roti as much as possible. Order one and watch as they flatten it and fill it up with your favourite toppings!

3. Khao Niew Ma Muang

Also known as Mango Sticky Rice, this Thai dessert is made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk. The rice absorbs the coconut milk, leaving behind a mild sweet taste.

This dessert is also consumed in other parts of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia!

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4. Kluay Tod

You might mistakenly identify Kluay Tod as fried chicken!

This snack is deep fried mini-bananas, coated in a flour batter mixed with coconut and sesame seeds. Eat it fresh or at room temperature – either way is delicious!

5. Luk Chin Ping

Luk Chin Ping is Thai meat balls prepared on bamboo skewers. The juicy meatballs are  tossed into several herbs and spices and grilled right in front of you!

The result? A smokey taste.

6. Pla Muek Yang
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Thai grilled squid skewers can be found at just about every food market place in Thailand.

The road side favourite is served with Thai hot sauce so be cautious if you’re not a lover of spicy foods.

7. Kai Jeow

Kai Jeow is a Thai style omelet served over rice.

Being one of the easiest and cheapest dishes you can order, Kai Jeow is prepared differently from its Western counterpart. The egg is deep fried in oil and fish sauce, and topped with fresh chilli or chilli sauce. The outside should be golden and crispy, while fluffy on the inside!


Satisfy your Thai food cravings now! Book your trip and head over to Aabode.com to find your accommodation. Or click here to see our Thailand accommodations!

 

7 Thai Street Foods you must try!

Thailand is not only renowned for its breathtaking beaches and culture but also for its mouth watering cuisine.

A common way to enjoy a meal, either alone or with friends, is at the street food stalls. The food stalls are set up along the streets and showcases Thailand’s plentiful and diverse dishes.

After you order your meal, find your dining spot at one of the plastic tables and chairs nearby!

Keep reading to see our top picks for Thai Street Food.


 1. Pad See Eiw

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Pad See Eiw is a Chinese-influenced dish consisting of flat rice noodle stir fried in dark soy sauce and light soy sauce. Chinese broccoli, egg and either chicken, pork or beef is also added to the dish.


2. Thai Roti

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Thai Roti has a Muslim origin but is a staple with street food vendors. The flat bread is commonly eaten as a dessert as it is filled with bananas, condensed milk and even chocolate.

The main objective for the food vendors is to flatten the Roti as much as possible. Order one and watch as they flatten it and fill it up with your favourite toppings!


3. Khao Niew Ma Muang

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Also known as Mango Sticky Rice, this Thai dessert is made with glutinous rice, fresh mango and coconut milk. The rice absorbs the coconut milk, leaving behind a mild sweet taste.

This dessert is also consumed in other parts of Southeast Asia, including Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia!


4. Kluay Tod

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You might mistakenly identify Kluay Tod as fried chicken!

This snack is deep fried mini-bananas, coated in a flour batter mixed with coconut and sesame seeds. Eat it fresh or at room temperature – either way is delicious!


5. Luk Chin Ping

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Luk Chin Ping is Thai meat balls prepared on bamboo skewers. The juicy meatballs are  tossed into several herbs and spices and grilled right in front of you!

The result? A smokey taste.


6. Pla Muek Yang

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Thai grilled squid skewers can be found at just about every food market place in Thailand.

The road side favourite is served with Thai hot sauce so be cautious if you’re not a lover of spicy foods.


7. Kai Jeow

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Kai Jeow is a Thai style omelet served over rice.

Being one of the easiest and cheapest dishes you can order, Kai Jeow is prepared differently from its Western counterpart. The egg is deep fried in oil and fish sauce, and topped with fresh chilli or chilli sauce. The outside should be golden and crispy, while fluffy on the inside!


Satisfy your Thai food cravings now! Book your trip and head over to Aabode.com to find your accommodation. Or click here to see our Thailand accommodations!

What are the Best Places to Visit in Koh Samui, Thailand?

In celebration of Aabode.com’s accommodation expanding to yet another region in Thailand, we have put together a vacation guide for all our readers who would love to or are planning a holiday to Koh Samui, the gorgeous Thai island. Here are our top picks for everyone looking to head to Thailand but aren’t quite sure of where to go:

In celebration of Aabode.com’s accommodation expanding to yet another region in Thailand, we have put together a vacation guide for all our readers who would love to or are planning a holiday to Koh Samui, the gorgeous Thai island. Here are our top picks for everyone looking to head to Thailand:


Angthong Marine Park

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When you visit Koh Samui, you can’t leave without witnessing the stunning sea views of Angthong Marine Park! Take a boat around the beaches and indulge in the holiday vibes and beautiful natural sights around the marine park. Get the perfect tan and spend summer lounging around the beaches of Angthong Marine Park!


Chaweng Walking Street

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Test your bargaining skills and purchase some hand-crafted goods you won’t find anywhere else at Chaweng Walking Street! Stock up on some cute souvenirs to take back home, sip on cocktails and enjoy a stroll down the street while being surrounded by the light-hearted atmosphere, or better yet, listen to some live music performances and experience Thai culture to the fullest!


Wat Phra Yai Temple

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Wat Phra Yai Temple is a must-visit for travellers looking to learn about Thai culture and religion. Famous for the golden Big Buddha, the statue is a grand sight that is sure to leave you breathless. While exploring the temple, be sure to visit the small amulet stalls for some unique souvenirs!


Wat Plai Laem

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Wat Plai Laem is a relatively new temple site in Koh Samui, Thailand, attracting travellers to pay their respects to both Buddha and Guanyin everyday. Surrounded by a lake, the temple is both beautiful and religiously significant for the Thai people. Pay the site a visit and marvel at the 18m tall Guanyin statue with your own eyes!


Ladyboy Cabaret Shows

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Put Thailand’s trademarks – exotic shows and ladyboys – together and you get unforgettable comedy, song and dance performances! Support LGBTQIA+ inclusion and watch these grandiose performances live while sipping on some delicious drinks throughout the night!


Lamai Walking Street

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Every Sunday from 5PM onwards, thousands visit Lamai Walking street to get a whiff of authentic Thai culture and cuisine! With stall owners all selling a variety of unique goods (from bags to cosmetics) and countless food stands giving away free food samples, Lamai Walking Street is a must-visit for shopaholics!


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