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Greetings: Sawad Dee Kha (Woman) Sawad Dee Krub (Men) (gesture = WAI) Nong Inpanbutr (In –Pan- Buit) (Bhali and Sansakrit root) * [email protected] Thank you for your mission… for helping Thailand Khob Khun Kha = Thank you! Points to cover from Susie Minding our Manners – – – – – Greeting and meeting people Sharing meals Important courtesies we may not know or understand Appropriate dress in Na Toey, Bangkok, Chaing Mai Roles of women & men & family How Buddhism impacts Thai culture Politics, the Emperor and the people THAILAND, LAND OF THE FREE [In Thai = PRATHET THAI] Thailand is one of the few countries in the World that was never colonized by a western country or even an Asian power. • It is a kingdom with a long tradition of benevolent kings. • 2006 is 60th anniversary of the enthronement of one of the most popular and well respected kings we ever had, Bhumibol Adulyadej. •He is the 49th king in the 700-years long history of Thailand. Yellow is the color to show your loyalty/support to the king! Related to the Tsunami, loss of the princess’s son in Phuket In the old time…The people… kind and gentle…., with rich culture Westernized tourist cities in Bangkok, and other – Building – Food – How people dress – Etc… Besides ethnic Thai, the 62 million that inhabit Thailand includes strong communities of Chinese, Malay, Indians and other ethnic groups from Asia. Over 95% of the people are devout Buddhists Thai elephant was selected as the national animal because it has maintained close link with Thai history and custom, it has a long life, and it is closely related to the livelihood of Thai people (in the past). Cultural Influences Religion – 95% Buddhist Do not believe in euthanasia Government – Elephants & Politics: The National Animal – “They are symbols of the king's divine right to rule, of good luck, even religious icons” – Only 1 private elephant camp in Thailand – Poor country Ratchaphruek or Golden shower is widely known to Thais because it can be seen anywhere throughout the country. It bears beautiful clustershaped flowers in summer. The color of flowers is shining yellow, and yellow is the color of our national religion ‘Buddhism'. Sala Thai architecture can be seen throughout the public buildings of Thailand. It is a reflection of out culture. It is different from architectures of other countries, and that is one way visitors can tell they are in Thailand by looking at the ‘Thai-ness of the Sala Thai buildings. Governance Monarchy Democratic, Parliament Election Military Coup/every 4 years since 1976.. Thai culture Strong family tie Respect the elderly, seniority and Women Very polite and considerate people (too much… not direct when you ask them something…) Roles of women & men & family Equal More between women and men than 30% of women elected to government office Culture The body---The Head.. You cannot touch the had of the elderly The younger people have to show respect to the elders by WAI – When you greet – When you thank FOOD Lots of Rice! Amazing fresh fruit Many vegetarian dishes Best only to eat cooked vegetables and no sushi, wash/peel all fruit Try something new! – – – – – – Squid on a stick Galangal Banana roti Mango sticky rice Insects Fruit! Food/ my practice Drink bottled water/Thai beer (Singha) Cooked vegetable Fresh vegetable (only if you know the place well, good hotel…, but I have always been very careful) Sea food/cooked INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: THE THAILAND ELEPHANT EXPERIENCE Einav Elitsur (VME II) Simona Rikh (VME II) Lauren Murphy (VME II) Organized by Dr. N Inpanbutr in collaboration with Chiangmai University CVM, Thailand Hill tribe people (Karieng) = Karen People TRANSPORTATION BANGKOK CHIANG MAI PLANE OR NIGHT TRAIN AROUND CHIANG MAI – Red cabs- cheapest and most convenient – Tuk-tuk- more expensive, not as accommodating – Motor Bike- not safe unless you know how to ride one, but great for convenience – Kind motorist!!- just don’t tell your mom! Smokin Ride! Hope I don’t get that wind blown hair! Transportation: By plane: • Very convenient and reasonable • Around 1 hr. to Chiang Mai, • Every hour 96:00 AM-10:00 PM) By train By bus (not recommend) Driving on the left side DRESS (according to my students) At work: long pants, tennis shoes, scrub top In temples: no pants, long skirt, shoulders must be covered Around town: cool, comfortable clothing, no shorts, no spaghetti strap shirts LANGUAGE National language is Thai Many educated people know English Taxi drivers do not Learn simple phrases, numbers, types of food Psss…. This is actually a police station! Common terms Wat = Temple Gin Kow = have a meal gin = eat Kow = rice Thank you for your mission…. …For helping Thailand Khob Khun Kha = Thank you! Let me know if I can be of any help. And good luck to all!