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Major Holidays In Thailand

Major Holidays In Thailand

Thailand celebrates a variety of holidays, some of which are based on traditional Thai culture, while others are religious or national in nature. Here’s a list of some major holidays in Thailand along with brief descriptions of how they are celebrated: 5. Asanha Bucha Day READ MORE

Phu Quoc Island- Gem we Found while Traveling in Vietnam

Phu Quoc Island- Gem we Found while Traveling in Vietnam

As we travel through Vietnam, visiting Phu Quoc Island has been on the list IF we have enough time and at the end of our time here in this beautiful country. The Universe had other plans and we changed our plans to go search for READ MORE

Weather and Seasons In Vietnam

Weather and Seasons In Vietnam

Vietnam is typically divided into eight regions, each with its own unique characteristics:(I thought it was fascinating since the country is not that astronomical in size but rather long in shape)

  1. Northern Vietnam:
    • Includes Hanoi (the capital), Ha Long Bay, Sapa, Ninh Binh, Mai Chau, and Dien Bien Phu.
  2. Northwest Vietnam:
    • Encompasses mountainous provinces such as Lao Cai, Yen Bai, Son La, and Lai Chau.
  3. Northeast Vietnam:
    • Includes provinces like Ha Giang, Cao Bang, Lang Son, and Bac Kan, known for their rugged terrain and ethnic diversity.
  4. Red River Delta:
    • Centered around the Red River Delta, including provinces like Hai Phong, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, and Ninh Binh.
  5. North Central Coast:
    • Comprises provinces along the central coast, including Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh, and Quang Binh.
  6. South Central Coast:
    • Encompasses provinces like Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nang, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Khanh Hoa, and Ninh Thuan.
  7. Central Highlands:
    • Includes the mountainous provinces of Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, and Lam Dong.
  8. Southeast Vietnam:
    • Comprises the southeastern provinces, including Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vung Tau, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Binh Phuoc, Tay Ninh, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Each region has its own unique geography, climate, culture, and attractions, making Vietnam a diverse and fascinating country to explore.

Vietnam generally experiences a tropical monsoon climate, characterized by two main seasons: the rainy season (from May to October) and the dry season (from November to April). However, due to Vietnam’s long geography stretching from north to south, there are regional variations in weather patterns.

  1. Northern Vietnam (Hanoi, Ha Long Bay, Sapa):
    • Dry Season (November to April): Generally cool and dry with occasional cold spells, particularly in December and January. Temperatures can drop significantly, especially in mountainous areas like Sapa.
    • Rainy Season (May to October): Hot and humid with frequent rainfall, particularly heavy downpours during June to August. Temperatures remain warm but can feel oppressive due to high humidity.
  2. Central Vietnam (Hue, Da Nang, Hoi An):
    • Dry Season (January to August): Hot and dry, with temperatures peaking around June and July. This period is favorable for beach activities and exploring historical sites.
    • Rainy Season (September to December): Heavy rains and occasional typhoons, particularly in October and November. Flooding can occur in low-lying areas.
  3. Southern Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City, Mekong Delta):
    • Dry Season (November to April): Hot and dry, with temperatures ranging from warm to very hot. This period is ideal for visiting the Mekong Delta and other southern attractions.
    • Rainy Season (May to October): Wet and humid with frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms, particularly from May to August. Flooding is common in urban areas like Ho Chi Minh City.

Overall, Vietnam’s climate varies by region and time of year, so it’s essential to consider these factors when planning a visit.

Here’s a breakdown of the seasons by region in Vietnam:

Northern Vietnam:

  1. Spring (Spring): February to April – Cool and dry weather, with temperatures gradually warming up.
  2. Summer (Xuân Hè): May to July – Hot and humid weather with occasional heavy rainfall.
  3. Autumn (Thu): August to October – Transition period with cooler temperatures and decreasing rainfall.
  4. Winter (Dong): November to January – Cool and dry weather, with occasional cold spells, especially in December and January.

Central Vietnam:

  1. Dry Season (Mùa khô): January to August – Hot and dry weather, ideal for beach activities and exploring historical sites.
  2. Rainy Season (Mùa mưa): September to December – Heavy rains and occasional typhoons, particularly in October and November.

Southern Vietnam:

  1. Dry Season (Mùa khô): November to April – Hot and dry weather, perfect for visiting the Mekong Delta and other southern attractions.
  2. Rainy Season (Mùa mưa): May to October – Wet and humid weather with frequent afternoon showers and thunderstorms, particularly from May to August.

These seasons can vary slightly depending on the specific location within each region, but this breakdown gives a general idea of what to expect throughout the year in different parts of Vietnam.

Here’s a general overview of temperatures throughout the year in different regions of Vietnam:

  1. Northern Vietnam:
    • Winter (November to January): Average temperatures range from 10°C to 20°C (50°F to 68°F). In mountainous areas like Sapa, temperatures can drop below 0°C (32°F).
    • Summer (May to August): Average temperatures range from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F), with occasional heatwaves.
  2. Central Vietnam:
    • Dry Season (January to August): Average temperatures range from 22°C to 35°C (72°F to 95°F), with temperatures peaking in June and July.
    • Rainy Season (September to December): Average temperatures remain similar, but humidity increases due to rainfall.
  3. Southern Vietnam:
    • Dry Season (November to April): Average temperatures range from 25°C to 35°C (77°F to 95°F), with lower humidity levels.
    • Rainy Season (May to October): Average temperatures remain relatively constant, but humidity increases, making it feel hotter. Afternoon showers and thunderstorms provide some relief from the heat.

It’s important to note that these temperature ranges are averages, and actual temperatures can vary from year to year and within different parts of each region. Additionally, mountainous areas tend to be cooler than lowland areas, and coastal areas may experience slightly milder temperatures due to ocean influences.

Weather and Seasons in Thailand

Weather and Seasons in Thailand

Thailand experiences a tropical climate, characterized by high temperatures and humidity throughout much of the year. Thailand has three main seasons: In addition to these main seasons, Thailand also experiences some regional variations. Southern Thailand, for example, may have a slightly different rainy season pattern READ MORE

Fruits of Thailand- all you need to know

Fruits of Thailand- all you need to know

Thailand is known for its diverse range of fruits, thanks to its tropical climate. Here’s a list of most fruits commonly grown in Thailand (we tried a lot of them and most of them are amazing!): This list is not exhaustive, but it covers many READ MORE

Renting a Car in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Renting a Car in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Traveling in a car has a special place for us as we travelled through Mexico , Belize and Guatemala, Sri Lanka with our vehicle or a rental – we had more freedom to visit remote places and explore way more than we would without one.

We had a scooter and a rental car in Southern Thailand but opted to have only a rental car in the North of the country since the distances where we wanted to visit were much bigger.

As we arrived to the North – it was peak season and the rentals were actually all sold out/rented out. We had to wait a few days to be able to obtain a car and only Europcar at the Chiang Mai airport was the only one that had availability at that time. The price was not ideal for us but we wanted to explore around so we rented for 6 days at this rental agency.

Here is the break down of the costs for a Toyota Vios sedan-

  • price was 1386 Thai Baht per day (total for 6 days was – 8320 Thai Baht- around 240$ US-40$US per day)
  • the deposit was 8000 Thai Baht (around 230$ US).

Process:

  • booking online was easy and we got to the car right away once we paid at the counter at the airport;
  • we walked and filmed around the car – this took the longest since the car had a lot of scratches.
  • the return process was just dropping off the car at the parking lot and going around the car to see if we had any new scratches and return of the deposit.

We can recommend EuropCar only IF the other best rental car agency does not have any cars- because we found a gem for Car Rental in Chiang Mai- called – The Budget Catcher Car Rental – the price/ quality ratio it is the best of the best. The process is also very easy and quick.

The location you can find here – The Budget Catcher – Chiang Mai .

While it is not located at the airport, they do have an option to bring/return the car at the airport as they have a Parking Space there and also – they can deliver car to you in Chiang Mai. Win win!

The prices are the BEST in town – hands down. Even at the PEAK season. I looked everywhere and even in Chiang Rai but we actually waited for the car to become available here in Chiang Mai as the prices where nothing to compare to.

The price breakdown for a 5 passenger Toyota Vios Sedan-

  • total amount paid for 15 days of rental – 12850 Thai Baht- they charge 100 Thai Baht extra for the peak season per day- otherwise it would have been 11850 THB. So total for 15 days – around 367$ US or around 24$ US per day.
  • the deposit- 5000 THB (around 140$ US)that is given to you back at the time of drop off. We dropped it off at the airport and someone was waiting for us there with the deposit money in hand.
  • Very easy process, great customer service and very worth the money. We arranged everything via Whatsapp.

If you ever in chiang Mai and need a car to rent – Budget Catcher is the way to go. The more days you rent – the better deal you get. They have also a lot of cars to choose from so book ahead of time since they are very reliable and get sold out/rented out pretty quickly especially during the peak season.

Fascinating Facts About Vietnam

Fascinating Facts About Vietnam

We embarked on a journey to explore as many countries as we can. Every country that we go to – we gather interesting facts about it – This helps us understand more how local people live, what they do and how they go about their READ MORE

4 Island Tour with kids and a baby (from Ao Nang, Thailand)-                                                                                   Hong Island, Hong Lagoon, Koh Lao La Ding, Ko Pak Ka

4 Island Tour with kids and a baby (from Ao Nang, Thailand)- Hong Island, Hong Lagoon, Koh Lao La Ding, Ko Pak Ka

There is always a reason to go to Thailand- we have learned that while spending almost 2 months there. Thailand is beautiful, mesmerizing, has a lot to offer- there is something for everybody- it has the sea, mountains, lots of islands and lots of national READ MORE

Various ways of Worldschooling

Various ways of Worldschooling

Worldschooling is an educational approach that involves learning through travel and real-world experiences, allowing individuals to gain knowledge and skills by exploring different cultures, environments, and communities. When we started our worldschooling journey – we had no idea that it was called like that or that were various ways of worldschooling. As we get to know this way of living for almost 3 years now- I would like to share te knowledge about worldschooling that I learned. This time I am sharing VARIOUS WAYS o how families can worldschool.

Here they are:

  1. Travel-based Learning:
    • Family Travel: Families may travel together, visiting different countries and experiencing diverse cultures, languages, and histories (I met families that actually do a month of travel and then go back home, or do 2 months of travel per year. I also met families where one of the parent is traveling with children while other is working at home because of the job specific location).
    • Road Trips: Traveling by road allows for a more flexible and immersive experience, with opportunities to explore various destinations along the way. We did 8 months of orad tripping in Mexico , Guatemala and Belize- it was fantastic to say the least. We had the freedom to visit what we wanted, for how long we wanted and could change the plans if we decided to. We also did a month in Thailand with a car – game changer. We had so many adventures, that we would not have been able to do if we had not been doing road tripping. We also had a car fro a month in Sri Lanka and we loved the freedom to have our own wheels.

2. Cultural Immersion:

  • Homestays: Living with local families can provide deep insights into the culture, language, and daily life of a particular region. We lived in Mexico for almost a year when we were expecting our third baby (yes, our daughter was born in Mexico), and while it was not homesteading, but we lived in a community of local Mexican people. We interacted with them on a daily basis and our kids had a great way of learning the language, play sports with locals and learn their way of living.
  • Language Learning: Immersing oneself in a new language environment is a powerful way to become fluent in a language.

3. Volunteering:

  • Service Projects: Engaging in volunteer work helps learners understand global issues, develop empathy, and contribute positively to communities.

4. Online Education:

  • Virtual Classes: Utilizing online platforms and resources allows individuals to continue their formal education while traveling.
  • Educational Apps and Platforms: Using educational apps and platforms for self-directed learning.

5. Experiential Learning:

  • Hands-on Activities: Engaging in activities such as cooking, art, music, and sports in different locations.
  • Field Trips: Exploring historical sites, museums, and natural landmarks as part of the learning experience.

6. Worldschooling Communities:

  • Connect with Other Worldschoolers: Joining or forming communities of like-minded individuals allows for shared experiences, resources, and support. We had that pleasure in Mexico and we did it quite often and it was fantastic experience.

7. Project-Based Learning:

  • Real-World Projects: Tackling projects that require research, problem-solving, and collaboration while incorporating elements of the local culture.

8. Internships and Apprenticeships:

  • Work Experience: Gaining practical skills and insights by participating in internships or apprenticeships relevant to one’s interests.

9. Culinary Exploration:

  • Cooking Classes: Learning about local cuisines and food preparation techniques in different parts of the world. This is a wonderful hands on skill learning experience that should be done while worldschooling.

10. Nature and Outdoor Education:

  • Outdoor Adventures: Learning about ecosystems, biodiversity, and sustainability through activities like hiking, camping, and wildlife observation.

11. History and Cultural Studies:

  • Visiting Historical Sites: Exploring historical landmarks, ancient ruins, and museums to deepen understanding of world history. This can also be done while worldschooling in different countries. we did it in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize,Sri Lanka and Thailand so far.

12. Financial Literacy:

  • Budgeting and Currency Exchange: Learning about managing finances and understanding different currencies in various countries. My kids love learning about the currencies of different countries and how much they are worth compared to a US dollar or Euro. Great way to build foundation about finances.

Worldschooling is highly flexible, and families may combine several of these approaches to create a personalized and holistic learning experience. I know we did it in many different ways. I have noticed that to us traveling in different countries mean a different learning experience in each and every one of them. Not only for our children, but also to us, adults. We learn so many things and skills and we are forever grateful for all opportunities of travel that come our way.

8 Epic things to do with your Kids in Pai, Thailand

8 Epic things to do with your Kids in Pai, Thailand

We spent almost 2 months in Thailand. When we were just chilling in Ao Nang, we met other homeschooling families and heard about Pai, a small village in the Northern Thailand. We were told that it is wonderful, so we decided, that if we have READ MORE

Advantages of Worldschooling

Advantages of Worldschooling

We have been worldschooling for almost three years now and are in love with it. We can have also the freedom to adjust, change, upgrade, downgrade – this is the beauty of WORLDSCHOOLING! Within a year we already new what was working for us and READ MORE

What is Worldschooling?

What is Worldschooling?

As we are approaching 3 year anniversary of full time travel, only now I can fully understand what is worldschooling. I have met with a lot of families that are doing worldschooling, may it be full time traveling with their little ones or taking a gap year to travel, or even just a month or two a year.

Here I will try to break it down what worldschooling is.


Worldschooling is an educational approach where learning takes place through real-world experiences and travel, rather than in a traditional classroom setting. It involves exploring different countries, cultures, and environments to provide a more holistic and hands-on learning experience. We (worldschooling families) often believe that exposure to diverse cultures, languages, and situations enhances a child’s education, fostering a broader perspective and a deeper understanding of the world. This approach can involve a combination of formal education, self-directed learning, and immersive experiences in various locations around the globe. Worldschooling is typically associated with families who prioritize experiential learning and seek to break away from conventional educational norms.

Worldschooling can take various forms, and families often customize their approach based on their preferences, resources, and the needs of their children. Here are different ways to worldschool:

  1. Full-Time Travel: Families may choose to travel continuously, moving from one location to another, experiencing different cultures, and integrating learning opportunities into the travel experience.
  2. Educational Tourism: Periodic extended trips focused on educational experiences, such as visiting historical sites, museums, and participating in local activities.
  3. Expat Living: Immersing in a foreign culture by living as expatriates in a particular country, allowing for a more extended and in-depth understanding of the local way of life.
  4. Cultural Exchanges: Participating in cultural exchange programs or staying with host families to gain a deeper understanding of the local community.
  5. Online Learning Platforms: Utilizing online educational resources and platforms to facilitate learning while on the move, enabling children to engage in formal coursework or self-directed learning.
  6. Unschooling: Embracing a child-led learning approach where education is driven by the child’s interests and curiosity, with little to no structured curriculum.
  7. Local School Integration: Enrolling children in local schools in different countries to experience the education system and culture firsthand.
  8. Volunteer Work: Involving children in volunteer projects or community service activities, providing hands-on learning experiences and a sense of social responsibility.
  9. Language Immersion Programs: Participating in language immersion programs or language schools to enhance language skills by learning and practicing in a native-speaking environment.
  10. Internships and Apprenticeships: Arranging internships or apprenticeships for older children to gain practical skills and insights in various fields.
  11. Boat or RV Living: Families may choose to live on a boat or in a recreational vehicle, traveling and learning while exploring different regions or countries.
  12. Culinary Exploration: Learning about different cuisines and culinary traditions by experiencing local food markets, cooking classes, and tasting regional dishes.
  13. Nature and Outdoor Learning: Exploring natural environments, engaging in outdoor activities, and learning about ecology and environmental science firsthand.

It’s essential for families to find a worldschooling approach that aligns with their goals, values, and the needs of their children. Flexibility, adaptability, and a willingness to embrace diverse learning opportunities are key elements of successful worldschooling experiences.

Worldscooling is a superb way for children to evolve (and as every child is different therefore worldschooling bring different things to the table for everyone) as worldschooling provides various benefits for children of all ages. Here are a few:

  1. Cultural Awareness and Global Perspective:
    • Exposure to different cultures, languages, and customs fosters a deep understanding and appreciation for diversity.
    • Developing a global perspective helps children see the interconnectedness of the world and encourages tolerance and open-mindedness.
  2. Adaptability and Resilience:
    • Living in different environments and facing new challenges builds adaptability and resilience.
    • Children learn to navigate unfamiliar situations, adapt to varying cultural norms, and develop problem-solving skills.
  3. Hands-On Learning:
    • Worldschooling emphasizes experiential learning, allowing children to learn through real-world experiences.
    • Visiting historical sites, museums, and engaging in local activities provides a hands-on approach to education, making learning more memorable and practical.
  4. Language Acquisition:
    • Exposure to different languages in their natural context facilitates language acquisition.
    • Children may become more fluent in multiple languages, enhancing their communication skills and broadening their linguistic abilities.
  5. Holistic Education and Life Skills:
    • Worldschooling often goes beyond traditional academic subjects, incorporating life skills and practical knowledge.
    • Children learn about budgeting, navigating public transportation, cultural etiquette, and other valuable life skills through daily experiences.

Parental involvement and support are crucial for maximizing the positive impact of worldschooling on children’s development. We have noticed this with our children and it gave us a new way as a family – we evolved TOGETHER and keep expanding and learning new things, skills and of course- learning about ourselves, how our relationships align or need work. It has been more than educational to say the least.

We hope more and more families see this way of living as a possibility and maybe, just maybe, more and more of them actually try it out. Much love. Forever grateful!

Renting a car in Thailand (Ao Nang, Krabi)

Renting a car in Thailand (Ao Nang, Krabi)

With our group of 5 slow traveling, there are instances where we rent a car to visit places on our terms rather than booking a tour agency. It is just easier with our kids being little and sometimes unpredictable. While we were staying in Ao READ MORE

Renting a Scooter in Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

Renting a Scooter in Ao Nang, Krabi, Thailand

If You are a slow traveler like we are and stay in an area for an extensive period of time, you know how important it is to get around and have a mean of transport for everyday business (to go to the store, market, pharmacy, READ MORE

Fascinating facts about Thailand

Fascinating facts about Thailand

As we are enjoying our time in Thailand since it is our first time here (and it is beautiful to say the least), as part of our worldschooling journey is to learn the most about the country we are in. We gathered some of the most fascinating facts about Thailand. Here we go.

  1. Island Nation – there are 1430 islands in Thailand (we explored some of them but would love to see even more as you definitely get addicted to the beautiful picture perfect landscapes and views of the islands- imagine – majestic rocks, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, ots of marine life and lots of reefs).
  2. Population – Thailand has more than 71.6 million people living in this beautiful country, about one tenth of it lives in Bangkok.
  3. Elephant is the national animal of Thailand.
  4. The Kingdom of Thailand has a whopping number of National Parks – 147 to be exact.Kaeng Krachan is the biggest one.
  5. Thailand is the only Southeast Asia country to have never been colonized by a European Country.

6. Pad Thai is the national food of Thailand. It is a stir fried rice noodle dish prepared with a choice of protein as well as peanuts.

7. There are around 40000 temples in Thailand.

8. National flower of Thailand is ORCHID. There are more than 1500 orchid species that grow in Thailand which makes it the largest orchid exporter in the world.

9. Thailand has the lèse-majesté law, meaning that if you commit disrespectful acts toward the King or the Royal Family , you can be imprisoned for Treason.

10. Bangkok is named to be the world’s hottest city.

11. There were around 11.5 million tourists in Thailand in 2022. The number grows every year as ore and more people discover it to be an amazing travel destination. It also makes it to be the most visited country in Southeast Asia.

12. The world’s largest snake- a reticulated python is found in Thailand (33 feet long was the biggest one ever found). The world’s largest poisonous snake – King Cobra can also be found in Thailand.

13. Thailand used to be known as Siam. Ever indecisive, Siam’s name changed to Thailand in the year 1939, before coming to be known as Siam once more between 1946 and 1948. Finally, in 1948, the name was reverted back to Thailand again, officially as the Kingdom of Thailand, which it has been known as ever since. in addition to that – Thailand holds the record for having the longest official country name in the world. Its full name is “Prathet Thai,” which translates to “The Kingdom of Thailand.”

14. Siamese cats originated in Siam. There used to be 23 types of Siamese cats, now there are only 6 left. Giving a pair of Siamese cats to a bride on her wedding day is believed to be a a sign of good luck.

15. World’s famous energy drink “red Bull” has its roots in Thailand. It is based on Krating Daeng – a drink made popular in Thailand since 1976. Red Bull was modified to suit western tastes.

16. The longtail boat, also known as “Ruea Hang Yao” in Thai, is a type of watercraft that originated in Thailand in the early 20th century. The engine block and propeller shaft can be spun around 360 degrees to enable steering, making the boats incredibly maneuverable, with the bracket mount also allowing up and down movement.

17. Thais live in the future! Ha ha. Not really, but it would seem so as for the westerners it is 2023 and in Thailand it is 2566. It is because they use a Thai Lunar Calendar.

18. Annual monkey buffet is held near the Pra Prang Sam Yot Temple in Lopburi province. Locals feed the monkeys literally tons of foods to thank them for bringing in the tourists to see them and help the village with the economy.

19. Thai National Anthem is played daily mostly everywhere (schools, churches, mosques, parks, markets etc).

20. Bangkok in native Thai language is the longest city name in the world: Krung Thep Maha Nakorn Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayutthaya Mahidol Pop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchawiwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. Locals just shorten it to Krung Thep (City of Angels).

21. In Thai culture, each day of the week is associated with a particular colour. Although the old tradition of wearing the colour of the day is not as widespread as it once was, the old custom can still be seen in some situations. Most Thai people will know the day of the week they were born and their ‘lucky’ colour:

Monday: yellow
Tuesday: pink
Wednesday: green
Thursday: orange
Friday: blue
Saturday: purple
Sunday: red

22. Throughout Thailand, you’ll find spirit houses, small ornate structures believed to house protective spirits. These are commonly placed near homes and businesses, showcasing the country’s deep-rooted spiritual beliefs and traditions.

23. Songkran marks the Thai New Year, celebrated with the famous water festival in April. People engage in lively water fights in the streets, symbolizing the washing away of the past and welcoming the new year. Chinese Lunar New Year is also celebrated by many Thais.

24. Thailand is home to vibrant floating markets where locals sell their goods from boats. Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is one of the most famous, offering a colorful and bustling experience.

25. National sport of Thailand is of course Muay Thai (Thai Boxing). They even have a day to celebrate it – March 17 is a National Muay Thai Day.

26. The world’s smallest mammal is found in the caves of the Kanchaburi province- bumble bee bats are the size of a bumble bee!

27. Rafflesia are the largest flowers in the world and can grow up to 90cm in diameter, weighing 7 kg! And yep – you can find it in Thailand.

28. Thailand is home to various indigenous or native tribes, often referred to as hill tribes due to their traditional dwelling in the mountainous regions. The six major hill tribes in Thailand are:

  1. Karen (Kariang or Yang): The Karen tribe is one of the largest hill tribes in Thailand. They are further divided into subgroups, including the Karen Proper, Red Karen (Karenni), and the Long Neck Karen (Padaung).
  2. Hmong (Meo): The Hmong people are known for their vibrant culture and distinctive clothing. They have a strong presence in the mountainous areas of northern Thailand.
  3. Akha: The Akha tribe, with their unique customs and elaborate headdresses, is primarily found in the northern regions of Thailand. Their communities often feature traditional wooden houses and terraced fields.
  4. Lahu: The Lahu people are recognized for their skilled craftsmanship and use of intricate silverwork in their traditional attire. They are found in various regions of northern Thailand.
  5. Mien (Yao): The Mien, also known as Yao, have a rich cultural heritage. They are recognized for their colorful costumes and are predominantly found in the northern hills of Thailand.
  6. ** Lisu:** The Lisu tribe has a distinct language and is known for its colorful clothing adorned with intricate embroidery. They reside in the mountainous regions of northern Thailand.

These hill tribes have contributed significantly to Thailand’s cultural diversity, each maintaining its unique traditions, languages, and ways of life. It’s important to approach visits to these communities with cultural sensitivity and respect for their heritage.

29. Thailand is home to the world’s largest solid gold Buddha statue. The Golden Buddha, or Phra Phuttha Maha Suwana Patimakon, weighs approximately 5.5 tons and is located in Bangkok’s Wat Traimit.

Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok houses the revered Emerald Buddha, a statue carved from a single block of jade. The Buddha is considered the guardian of Thailand, and its outfits are changed by the Thai King three times a year.

30. Buddhism is an integral part of Thai culture. Thais believe that when a man turns 20, he should be ordained and enter a monastery for a period of time to study dharma, the teachings of the Lord Buddha.

That is it for the facts, although there are many many more things that I could add here as this country has been so educational, different from anywhere we have ever been before. It captured our hearts. Forever grateful to have come here to Thailand!