The Yaksha Protector
The Thai landscape is filled with many unique and distinctive sights. One of these sights is the giant Yaksha figure. The Yaksha is a significant part of architecture and temple art in Thailand, and they can be seen everywhere. There is even a huge one at the airports to welcome the arrivals.
The Yaksha are thought to be guardian warriors who are there to keep away the bad and the evil. They are referred to as Yaks, and when children are taught the alphabet, just like we learn that C is for cat and D is for dog, the Thai children learn that Y (Yau) is for Yak.
Buddhism Is the Main Religion
The people of Thailand don't underestimate their religion, which takes a significant part of their life. More than 90% of the population practice Buddhism, which is felt wherever you go. No matter where you choose to go, the landscape is filled with Wats — traditional Thai temples.
Alongside those, you will find endless Buddha statues, most coated in dazzling gold. After China, Thailand has the second largest population of Buddhists in the world, with a whopping 64 million people who practice it. It plays a considerable role in their way of life. The majority of them cannot imagine their life without it.
It Is a Non-Stop Party
If you are always in the mood for a party, Thailand will be the perfect place for you. There is always something going on, a reason to celebrate, and the skies are always lit up for a reason. Ok, maybe not always, but it certainly feels that there is never a dull moment. If you plan to visit Thailand, check out what local holidays are coming up, as you will not want to miss out.
Thailand has various national holidays; each region has its own celebrations, too, and something fun and exciting is always happening. Songkran, the Thai New Year, and Loi Krathong, the festive of lights, are the two you cannot go without.
Most people around the world assume that chopsticks are used for eating all over Southeast Asia, however, this is untrue. Chopsticks exist in Thailand but are used mainly for fishing and eating noodles in soup. One of the many pieces of cutlery used by the Thai people is a spoon.
They use the spoon in their dominant hand and add a fork just to pile it on. The food in Thailand is so delicious, and the spoon makes the textures and shapes much easier to handle. According to a survey, Thai food is the preferred Asian cuisine in the Western world, apparently even more than Japanese.
In past years, logging, not only in Thailand but worldwide, was not supervised, and whoever wanted it just helped themselves to some timber. Years later, the awareness of the impacts of climate, natural habitats, and lots more became a significant issue, and logging these days is authorized and regulated.
Following the broad impact on natural forests and the growing environmental movement in Thailand, in 1989, logging became illegal. Thailand still has remarkable natural parks scattered all over the country, and as they take their rules and regulations seriously, it will stay like that. These days, the Thai people think highly of their green spaces and consider the natural habitats as sacred.