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Thailand

Thailand

The only country in Southeast Asia never formally colonized, the Thai people have a confidence that is distinguishable from their neighbors. Fighting off colonial control by the Portuguese, French and British, Thailand became an absolute monarchy under King Chulalongkorn in 1868 and a constitutional monarchy in 1932, changing its name from Siam to Thailand. Successive military coups have removed democracy from the Thai people. Theravada Buddhism, its rituals and practices, is a central tenet of Thai culture. Art, architecture, music, and literature are strongly influenced by Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Respect for ancestors, elders, educators, and monks is a pivotal aspect of social life, hierarchy, and status. Minority groups make up 34% of Thai society. They have distinct languages, traditions, dress, and cuisine. 

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Monique SkidmoreMar 25, 202132 min read
A guide to the 27 most irresistible street foods in Thailand, their fresh local seasonal ingredients & unusual regional specialties.
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Phimai: The Khmer Empire’s Most Important Outpost

Monique SkidmoreMay 6, 202010 min read
Comprehensive travel guide to visiting Phimai historical park, Thailand, the Khmer Empire’s most important outpost- museum, where to stay & what to see