Bangkok Culture (Part Two)

Posted on 05. Oct, 2015 by in Culture, Travel, Videos

Dive into Bangkok's culture.

Dive into Bangkok’s culture.

In Part Two of our journey through Bangkok’s culture, check out the BACC – a hub of art, music, film, design, and more. Then, head to Sanam Luang around sunset to chill on the lawn and fly a kite. Finally, take in the epic Siam Niramit performance.

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Thai Fruit Vocabulary

Posted on 28. Sep, 2015 by in Culture, Travel

Thailand is a country with abundant and delicious fruit (ผลไม้ – pŏn-lá-máai). Whether you’re having a fresh fruit shake for breakfast, sipping out of a coconut on a beach, or enjoying mango and sticky rice as a dessert, fruit lovers will certainly be in paradise in Thailand. Hit a local market early in the morning just about anywhere in Thailand, and you’ll be able to stock up on tons of fresh fruit without breaking the bank. Rather than try to use English or just pointing, why not learn the Thai words for the various fruits on offer? Here are some of the most common fruits you’ll find across the country in Thai:

Bangkok market, by Andrea Schaffer from

Bangkok market, by Andrea Schaffer from

  • mango (มะม่วงสุก – má-mûang)

  • young coconut (มะพร้าวอ่อน – má-práao-òn)

  • pineapple (สับปะรด – sàp-bpà-rót)

  • banana (กล้วย – glûay)

  • papaya (มะละกอ – má lá gor)

  • durian (ทุเรียน – tú rian)

  • mangosteen (มังคุด – mang kút)

  • rambutan (เงาะ – ngór)

  • longan (ลำไย – lam-yai)

  • rose apple (ชมพู่ – chom-pôo)

  • guava (ฝรั่ง – fà-ràng)

  • dragonfruit (แก้วมังกร – gâew mang-gon)

  • pomelo (ส้มโอ – sôm oh)

  • tamarind (มะขาม – má kăam)

  • jackfruit (ขนุน – ka-nŭn)

  • strawberry (สตรอว์เบอร์รี่ – sà-dtror-ber-rêe)

  • lychee (ลิ้นจี่ – lín jèe)

  • watermelon (แตงโม – dtaeng moh)

  • starfruit (มะ เฟือง – má feuang)

  • persimmon (ลูกพลับ – lôok-pláp)

Durian by Hafiz Issadeen from

Durian by Hafiz Issadeen from

If you’ve never heard of a lot of these fruits, don’t worry – many of them are unique to this part of the world. I never knew what durian was until my first trip to Thailand, but it’s one fruit I’ll never forget now. Durian is known for its rather pungent and offensive odor, which is so strong it’s even banned on public transportation! If you want to learn more about Thai fruits, this is a great guide for beginners.

For a little pronunciation practice, follow along with this short video from Thai Language Hut School:

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Bangkok Culture (Part One)

Posted on 23. Sep, 2015 by in Culture, Travel

Get your culture on in BKK.

Get your culture on in BKK.

Explore the vibrant culture of Bangkok in this 2-part short video series. Visit shrines, museums, and even modern shopping malls to see both sides of Bangkok’s culture – traditional and modern.

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