Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thailand Culture and Customs

The authentic culture and customs of Thailand are deeply rooted within the Thai family structure and Buddhism faith.  The following are a compilation of videos that dramatize some of the most popular Thai culture practices which aims to encourage interest and understanding in Thai culture among people of different culture and ethnic background.

This video shows that Thai people are taught in the family and in school to keep their temper at all times so that they exercise calm and patience under any frustrating or upsetting circumstances. Showing anger especially in public is perceived by Thais as mental illness or poor breeding.

Thailand is a conservative country in terms of showing affection especially in public. Some Thai couples may be seen holding hands. However, kissing in public is frowned upon in Thai society as depicted in this video. 

This video explains about “Kreng Jai” which is literally translated in English as “fearful heart”. This is regarded as popular culture among Thai people to avoid conflict or cause inconvenience to other people especially those who are in higher social status so as to show politeness and respect.

The difference in parenting style between a western spouse and a Thai spouse is depicted in this video. It highlights the western culture allowing their teenagers to get a summer job which they believe can help their child develop a sense of responsibility. On the contrary, most Thai parents don’t find it suitable for their teenagers to get a summer job.

Cleanliness, neatness and personal appearance is highly regarded in Thai culture. This video demonstrates how Thai people place a high priority on taking showers several times a day even when it means being late to a meeting or family occasions.

The great emphasis Thai people place on politeness and respect for elders, family members and those in authority is highlighted in this video.

More articles regarding Thai culture, customs and family laws are found in Thailand Family Law Center website.