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Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015 Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Uncategorized

It’s the end of the year, which means reflecting on the year gone by and looking forward to the one ahead. For many people, this includes making New Year’s resolutions. A very popular one is to learn a language, something that we know a lot about! We’re here to help our readers learn all about Thailand, its language, and its amazing culture. At the end of the year, we like to go back and see which posts were the most popular so we get a good idea of what our readers are interested in. Without further adieu, here are the Top 10 Most Popular Posts of 2015, in order with links to each of the original posts:

10. The Four Capitals of Thailand

Sukhothai - first capital of Thailand.

Sukhothai – first capital of Thailand.

There have been four capital cities in the history of Thailand thus far – Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Thonburi, and Bangkok. Learn a bit more about each of them in this post, and check out some of our videos while you’re at it:

Tour Sukhothai Historical Park in this video.

Now check out the 2nd capital – Ayutthaya.

9. The 5 Flavors of Thai

Mmm... Thai food.

Mmm… Thai food.

Did you know that every Thai dish needs at least two of the major five flavors to make it taste just right? This post teaches you more about Thai cuisine as well as the words you’ll need to talk about it.

8. Arai Means What?

This is a funny joke some Thai teachers may use on their students to confuse them. Find out why it’s funny and then some of the many ways to use the word arai (อะไร).

7. The (Real) Way to Say Hello in Thai

Of course, the first thing you’ll want to learn in any language is how to say “hello.” But what’s the real way to say it in Thai? Find out here, and then watch this video with some common Thai greetings:

6. Best Books to Learn Thai

Choosing a book to learn a language can be tricky, as there are so many options. For Thai, you definitely want a book that shows you the tones and the Thai alphabet. Get some ideas for how to find a good book, as well as a couple of recommendations.

5. The End of the World, According to Buddha

When will the world end, Buddha?

When will the world end, Buddha?

Do you remember all the hoopla surrounding the “end of the world” back in 2012? Thankfully the world didn’t end at that time, but when does Buddha say it will happen? Find out here!

4. Titles in Thai (Mr, Miss, Mrs, Etc.)

There are lots of titles that are used in Thai, as it’s important to establish who is “superior” and “inferior.” This may seem offensive to westerners, but it’s party of the culture. This post teaches you the most common titles and explains them a bit.

3. The Seasons in Thailand

Thai longtail boat.

It’s always summer, right?

Some people say that there are three seasons in Thailand – hot season, hotter season, and hottest season. Is that true? Learn all about the seasons in Thailand including the Thai names by reading this post.

2. What Year is it in Thailand?

Did you know that the Buddhist calendar begins with the death of Buddha? So, how do you figure out what year it is in Thailand? This post will teach you that and some useful Thai for talking about the New Year.

1. Creation, According to Buddha

Buddhism is a huge part of Thai culture, which should come as no surprise in a country that is 95% Buddhist. Learn about the origins of the world according to Buddha in this interesting post.

 

There you have it, folks – our most popular posts of the year. Thanks to all our readers out there – without you guys, this blog wouldn’t be much! What kind of posts would you like to see on here next year? Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions, and we’ll do our best to cover the things you’re interested in. We’ll leave you all with a Thai greeting that will be useful this week…

สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่! (sùk-sǎn wan bpii mài)

Happy New Year!

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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.