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Best Posts of 2017 Posted by on Dec 13, 2017 in Beginner, Culture, Travel, Videos

Another year has come and gone, as we get ready to say ลาก่อน (laa gònto 2017 and สวัสดี (sà wàt dii) to 2018. It’s always nice to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year to come. Here are some of our best posts in 2017. Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you’d like to learn about Thai language and culture in 2018 at the end of the post.

The Ancient Capital of Ayutthaya

An amazing place to explore.

Those interested in Thai history should plan a short trip to Ayutthaya (อยุธยา a-yút-tá-yaa) . The ruins of this former kingdom are easily visited on a day-trip from Bangkok, making them the most accessible for those with time constraints. Learn all about this ancient city in this post, and check out this video while you’re at it:

Valentine’s Day in Thailand

Valentine's Day in Thailand

Image by maf04 from flickr.com.

While Valentine’s Day (วันวาเลนไทน์ wan waa-layn-tai) isn’t exactly a traditional Thai holiday, that doesn’t mean it isn’t celebrated. Learn some useful words and phrases about love as well as a Thai love song in this romantic post.

A Guide to the Thai Alphabet

It looks intimidating, but give it a shot.

Learning the Thai alphabet (well, it isn’t really an alphabet – it’s technically an abugida) seems like a daunting task. Never fear, because we’re here to help! Follow this post and you’ll have a much better understanding of it.

Pad Thai

Pad Thai

Perhaps the most famous Thai dish.

Thai food is popular all around the world, and perhaps the most ubiquitous dish of them all is Pad Thai (ผัดไทย pàt tai). Learn about the history of this famous dish and then follow the ingredient list and a recipe to try and make it yourself.

The White Temple

The White Temple

The amazing White Temple.

Wat Rong Khun (วัดร่องขุ่น) – also commonly referred to as the White Temple – is unlike any temple you’ve ever seen. Here’s a brief introduction to this dreamlike complex, starting with the artist and his purpose. See more of it in this short video:

Clothing Vocabulary

Learn Thai - Clothing Vocabulary

Cool shirt and hats in Chatuchak Market.

Is your New Year’s Resolution to learn Thai? If so, then you should start building your vocabulary right away. This post teaches a bunch of clothing vocabulary, so next time you go to Chathucak Weekend Market you can buy your clothes in Thai!

Thai Street Food

Video Tour of Thai Street Food

Mmmm.. street food.

Street food is such an important and unique part of the culture. To honor the street food culture, here are some of the most common dishes that you can enjoy on plastic stools in a crowded Bangkok street. Your mouth will surely be watering after reading this post and watching this video.

King Bhumibol’s Funeral

King Bhumibol was beloved by Thai people.

Thailand officially bid farewell to its beloved King Bhumibol this year. On the final day of an elaborate 5-day funeral ceremony, his ashes and bones were brought to their final resting place. Here’s a closer look at King Bhumibol’s funeral.

Seasons and Weather in Thai

It’s nice and hot on the islands!

Some like to joke that Thailand only has three seasons – hot, hotter, and hottest. Learn lots of useful vocabulary for talking about the seasons and weather in Thai in this easy post.

One Month in Thailand Itinerary

One Month in Thailand Itinerary

So much to do in Thailand!

Many visitors are granted 30 days visa-free on arrival, so why not take full advantage of that and spend an entire month exploring Thailand? This epic post details what you can do with one full month exploring this amazing country. Watch all three videos to see more and get excited for this amazing trip.

 

There you have it – our best posts of 2017! What would you like to learn about next year? Leave a comment and let us know and we’ll try to get a post up about it. To all of our readers, we’d like to wish you a…

สวัสดีปีใหม่!
Happy New Year!

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.