Thailand culture Thai Language

The crazy world of Thai nicknames

Just about every Thai person has a nickname by which they are known informally, given to them by their parents at birth. The pervasive use of nicknames in this way apparently comes from the old belief that evil spirits ( ปีศาจ...

Thailand culture

Thailand culture FAQ

Thailand culture FAQ

  • What are the basic do's and don'ts ?
  • What are Thai people like ?
  • What sort of clothes should I wear while I'm there ?
  • How difficult is to talk with the Thais ?
  • Is it okay to go...
culture Indonesia

Indonesia Culture FAQ

Indonesia Culture FAQ

What are the basic cultural do's and don'ts?

There are several main differences in behaviour that westerners should be aware of before visiting Indonesia. In the most popular tourist destinations, locals will take less offence to cultural...

Thailand culture

Thailand Monarchy

In an era of declining popularity of royalty in many countries, there's no doubt that Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej  - the longest reigning monarch in the world - and his wife Queen Sirikit stand out as extraordinary exceptions. Held in...

culture Safety Getting Around

Indonesia Travel FAQ

Indonesia Travel FAQ

Is Indonesia an easy country to travel in?

In general, it is. The country is very cheap, its people are exceptionally friendly, the transport options are plentiful (if a little slow) and limited English is widely spoken. Unsurprisingly, travel is...