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Archive for October, 2014

Thai Alphabet – Consonants Pronunciation Posted by on Oct 31, 2014

The Thai alphabet isn’t even an alphabet; rather, it’s an abugida. In this writing system, each unit is based on a consonant, while the vowel notation is secondary. We probably wouldn’t get much hits on Google if we titled this article “Thai Abugida,” though, so we’re sticking with words that we know. There are 44…

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How Much Thai Can You Learn in a Week? Posted by on Oct 29, 2014

This month I had to get out of China for a visa run, something that anyone who has lived abroad probably understands quite well. With not a whole lot of time or money on my hands, I had to give this some serious thought. There’s always the typical Shenzhen-Hong Kong border crossing, but I had…

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Chulalongkorn Day in Thailand Posted by on Oct 24, 2014

Rama V Statue in Bangkok

Yesterday (October 23rd) was a national holiday in Thailand. This day commemorates Chulalongkorn, the fifth monarch of Siam from the House of Chakri. Also known as Rama V and considered one of the country’s greatest kings, he passed away on this day in 1910. Although he was just 57 at the time of his death,…

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White Temple and Black House Video Tour Posted by on Oct 14, 2014

Tour the “Heaven and Hell of Architecture” in northern Thailand – the White Temple and Black House of Chiang Rai – in this short video.

The Heaven and Hell of Architecture in Thailand Posted by on Oct 9, 2014

As we mentioned briefly in the introduction to Chiang Rai, there are plenty of interesting things to see outside of the city. A highlight of any visit to Chiang Rai is definitely experiencing the contrasting visions of two national Thai artists at the White Temple and Black House – dubbed the “heaven and hell of…

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