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Pictures of Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand

Pictures of the Democracy Monument, Bangkok, Thailand


Pictures of Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand

Pictures of the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand


ARTS & CULTURE

Music
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CITIES & REGIONS

Bangkok
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Chiang Mai (เชียงใหม่)
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Ko Samui
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Krabi (กระบี่)
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Pattaya

DATING & RELATIONSHIPS

Bangkok Dating
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Japanese Girls in Bangkok
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Russian Girls in Bangkok
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Russian Girls in Phuket
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LIVING IN THAILAND

Costs of Living
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Dental Clinics
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Thai Real Estate

TRAVELING IN THAILAND

Budget Airlines
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Secret Destinations for Backpackers

++Indonesian Phrase Book and Dictionary++


LAND OF SMILES
ประเทศไทย / thailand
thailand // south east asia // ESSENCE OF THAILAND
THAILAND IS MORE THAN A COUNTRY, IT IS A SPIRITUAL ESSENCE, AND A QUALITY OF BEING WHICH CAN BE RECOGNIZED, BUT NEVER REALLY CAPTURED. This is the land of 13 smiles, saffron-robed monks, and golden temples galore. Elephants and stupas and pick-up trucks. Energy drinks at 7-11, and pad thai steaming on a wok.

Shaded Relief Location Map of Thailand
Thailand -- The Land of Smiles

Thailand was the first foreign country I ever visited, and I doubt that I will ever experience culture shock as intense as that again, unless I somehow make it to subSaharan Africa. It began my love affair with Asia, and served the inspiration for many subsequent visits. I have traipsed all the way from the beach resorts to the rice paddies of the central region, and up to the misty mountains of the north.

Krabi, southern Thailand, in 1994

It goes without saying that this is one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Some come for the shopping, some come for the girls. What is there not to like? The weather is great, and the costs of life affordable. Bars are open until the wee hours, and Thai food that will blow your scalp off.

Whether you are a backpacker or a digital nomad, there is something here for you. Some monasteries and retreats offer free food and board, although donations are always welcome of course! Different nationalities have their own 'hoods, too... Russians like Pattaya, while Swedes and Germans hang out in Phuket.

Cities & Regions

There are 76 provinces (จ.) in Thailand

Reconstructed Wat

I HAVE SAID it before that I consider Bangkok one of the most intense, intoxicating and infuriating cities in the world. Sure, it may be hot and surly, noisy and polluted -- but prod a little deeper, and you will find an older, more genteel world. A languid brown river snaking beneath a noontime sun -- that is the real Bangkok. A golden wat shining like a star in the humid dark. A golden wat shining in the humid dark -- that is my vision of Bangkok.

Language

THAI IS NOT an easy language to learn. It is tonal, which makes it difficult for foreigners to pronounce. On top of that, it uses a strange and complicated alphabet, with no spaces between the words. However, if you put some effort in, there are rewards to be had. While Japanese is heavy with duty, Thai is all about having fun.

Like many Asian languages, pronouns and other words change depending on the gender and social status of the speaker.

สวัสดีครับ (Sawadii Khrab) .......... Hello (spoken by a man).
สวัสดีค่ะ (Sawadii Kah) .......... Hello (spoken by a woman).
ฉัน (Chan) .......... I (for women).
คุณ (Khun) ......... You.
เขา (Khao) .......... He, Him.
เธอ (Ter) .......... She, her.
ฉันไปเชียงใหม่ (Chan Pai Chiang Mai) .......... I go to Chiang Mai (spoken by a woman).
คุณเป็นอย่างไรบ้าง? (Khun Pen Xyangri Bang?) .......... How are you?
กาแฟสด (Kafae Sot) .......... Fresh coffee.
Saya tidak mengerti .......... I don't understand.
Apa saudara dapat bicara Bahasa Inggeris? .......... Can you speak English?
Asal saya dari * .......... I'm from *.
Dari mana asal saudara? .......... Where are you from?
Di mana saudara tinggal? .......... Where do you live?
Baik, terima kasih .......... I'm fine, thank you.
Apa-apa .......... Okay, all right.
Kamu dak apa-apa? .......... Are you okay? (Malaysia)

TIME AND NUMBERS

11 .......... Sebelas.
12 .......... Dua belas.
20 .......... Dua puluh.
21 .......... Dua puluh satu.
30 .......... Tiga puluh.
100 .......... Seratus.
1000 .......... Seribu.
1/2 .......... Setengah.
Monday .......... Hari Senen.
Tuesday .......... Hari Selasa.
Wednesday .......... Hari abu.
Thursday .......... Hari Kamis.
Friday .......... Hari Jum'at.
Saturday .......... Hari Sabtu.
Sunday .......... Hari Minggu.
When? .......... Kapan?
Jam berapa? .......... What time?
Pada jam satu .......... At 1 o'clock.
Hari ini .......... Today.
Besok .......... Tomorrow.
Kemarin .......... Yesterday.
Berapa lama? .......... How long?
Sekarang .......... Now.
Nanti .......... Shortly, soon.
Jam .......... Hour.
Buka 24 Jam .......... Open 24 hours (eg 7-11).
Menit .......... Minute.
Minggu .......... Week.
Bulan .......... Month.
Tahun .......... Year.

CONVERSATIONAL EXPRESSIONS (Malaysia)

Bagus .......... Good (can also use in Indonesia.)
Tak .......... No (Indonesia use "tidak").
Di mana-mana .......... It could be anywhere.
Dia pergi ke mana? .......... Where did he go?
Ini untuk awak .......... This came for you.
Pergi! .......... Go!
Pergilah! .......... Okay, go!
Duduklah! .......... Okay, sit down!
Minumlah! .......... Okay, drink!
Baiklah! .......... It's okay!
Boleh .......... Be allowed (Indonesia also okay.)
Tak boleh .......... No, you are not allowed (eg, to kiss me).
Pergi buka pintu .......... Go open the door.
Tidak ada apa-apa .......... No problem, everything okay.
Saya juga! .......... Me too!





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