People and Culture in Thailand

admin July 21, 2014 0

Thailand is a country located in Southeast Asia and is the 51st largest country in the world as far as total area is concerned.  Bangkok is the capital city of Thailand and is a cultural and industrial hub of the nation.  It is bordered by Burma, Laos on the north, Cambodia and Laos on the east, Malaysia and Gulf of Thailand on the south and by Andaman Sea on the west.

Thailand is often referred to as the ‘land of the free’ which is due to the fact that this is the only Southeast Asian country which has never been colonized by a European nation or power.The total population of Thailand is around 64 million and this makes it the 20th most populous country worldwide. Let’s get into further details about people in Thailand.

People in Thailand

People in Thailand

  • Ethnic Thais make for 80% of the population of Thailand whereas Chinese comprise 10% of the total population.
  •   Apart from these, Indians, Khmers, Malays, Lao and Mon make up for the rest of the population.
  •  Not to forget the various hill tribes who live in the mountainous regions of the country.
  •  Most people in Thailand speak Thai as their mother language and practice Buddhism as their religion.  Infact 95% of Thai people follow Buddhism in Thailand.
  • Thai people, in general are considered very easy going and hospitable, both to their guests as well as strangers.
  • Thailand, being an integrated society, influences the people and from the very beginning, instills in them a strong respect for other people in the family, society and neighborhood.
  • It is a fact that approximately 2.2 million legal as well as illegal migrants in this country and many expatriates from several developed countries are now moving to this nation, thereby increasing the population of Thailand slowly and gradually. This is also the result of the improving industrialization as well as the tourism development, which has been more rampant from 1996 onwards.

Thai Culture

Thai Culture

  • People in Thailand give great importance to their culture, just like most other Asian countries.
  • The Wai is considered to be the most common form of greeting and requires one to raise both hands with palms joined together. This is a sign of respect and courtesy and is expected of juniors towards seniors and even among people in the same age group.
  • People in Thailand often greet each other with the word ‘Sawadee’ and make it a point to give greetings in the morning, afternoon and night.
  • People in Thailand also consider their family to be the center of their world and live in closely knit families, unlike in Western nations.
  • Thais give a lot of respect to Hierarchical relationships and their social relationships and associations are decided as per seniority.
  • The overall culture in Thailand can be understood better by considering it a mix of cultures of Myanmar, India, China, Cambodia and Laos.
  • Buddhism has a strong influence on the traditions and cultural values of the people living in Thailand.

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