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The missing sense of urgency & how to work with it

“What is the one thing that makes Thailand so different to your home country?” – That’s a question I hear on an almost weekly basis. Be it in interviews, conference appearances, classes or sport events. The expected answer is ‘the food’ or ‘the weather’ or ‘the friendly people’ or even ‘the culture’ in general. And while all of that is true to some extend those are all things that I was prepared for and that I was able to adapt to without much of a problem. One cultural aspect that…

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6 things to consider when celebrating Songkran

Woohooo. It’s Songkran season! Songkran is the Thai New Year and, since it is the most important festival of the year, it comes with 3 official public holidays (and more private holidays) in tow. Everybody loves Songkran and everybody knows it. Ask people what they think or know about Songkran, and not matter whether it is a foreigner or Thai, they will probably say: Water, Party, Holidays (hopefully followed by ‘Family Time’ or something nice like that). Songkran parties can be found literally everywhere. On the streets, temples, in front…

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Chakri Day

April 6 is Chakri Day in Thailand, a public holiday to commemorate the founding day of the royal Chakri Dynasty. HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the ninth king (Rama IX) while his son, the current King of Thailand, HM King Vajiralongkorn is the current monarch. On Chakri Day, the king and other members of the royal family preside over a religious ceremony honoring the previous kings. In general people in Thailand are pretty patriotic so holidays like this are still rather important. Especially with prior Kings being highly regarded as important factors…

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Songkran Festival – Thai New Year festival – Water festival

It is again the time of the year when Thailand goes crazy! The Thai New Year Festival (Songkran) is almost there and it’s time to get the final preparations done. Since I already talked a lot about Songkran over the past two years let me just give some short links to existing articles here: Brief introduction of Songkran. What is Songkran and when does it take place? Background of Songkran (Water) Festival Experiencing Songkran in Sukhothai Songkran 2011 Recap Songkran 2012 Recap For the newbies a very brief (check out the links…

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7 stereotypes about Thailand busted – with infographic

The other day I overheard some exchange students talking about Thailand and what they expect to see and experience here. Lots of stereotyping there as they just arrived here and don’t know better yet. With this in mind I went to Facebook and asked friends and followers for their thought on Thailand and the stereotypes everybody has about the Land of Smiles.   The responses came in quickly and basically didn’t leave me with any other choice than taking them on and rebuking some of the most common perceptions. So…

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Thailand ranked amongst world’s most ignorant countries

Congratulations Thailand, we did it again. Ranking top in a ranking that you don’t want to be in. After being ranked as one of the worst countries in terms of education and road safety we now also make it into the top seven most ignorant countries of the world. Ipsos Mori published its 2016 findings and ranked the most ignorant countries based on the research (see the full research results here) score obtained. The top 7 countries are: India China Taiwan South Africa United States Brazil Thailand In case you’re interested, the…

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13 of the best Thai Proverbs

Thailand, as one could guess, is full of ancient wisdom and knowledge. It’s not only the best place to dive into Muay Thai as an art form but also to learn life lessons in general. Here are some of the best Thai proverbs I heard so far. [Tweet “Old cows like to eat young grass. #ThaiProverb #Thailand”] [Tweet “Friends for a meal are easy to find, friends until the end of life are difficult to find! #ThaiProverb #Thailand”]   [Tweet “Who that keeps the company with the wolves, will learn…

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Thailand’s Media Usage & Dependency

Thailand and the media! That’s a very special kind of relationship, one that is often thought to be rather superficial thanks to the success of lakorns (soap operas) and the huge amount of following they amass. However just leaving it with ‘it’s superficial’ seems rather one dimenisional and too easy of an excuse. There is certainly more going on in the relationship between Thais and people in Thailand and the media they are using and the way they are using it. Media, in Thailand, is more than just something to…

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TNLS: Graab ’em by the car

While goofing around with a friend earlier we were talking about current news in Thailand and how some of them sound like bad movies or bad TV shows. A synonym for bad TV shows here in Thailand is, as it is widely known, ‘lakorn‘ (people who now feel offended please send your complaints to [email protected]). Long story short, welcome to my-thai.org‘s latest category: Thai News Lakorn Style or, since we’re cool and hip, #TNLS. Episode dos: Graab ’em by the car. The original news The original story goes as follows: A…

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