sexta-feira, 6 de abril de 2018

Cultural Immersion: Bangkok (Thailand)

▪ Thailand
 Located in the heart of mainland Southeast Asia, Thailand or Kingdom of Thailand encompasses diverse ecosystems, including the hilly forested areas of the northern frontier. The country has also many rare species of  trees, shrubs and plants. The country was primarily an agricultural country, however since 1960 an increasing number of people have moved to Bangkok and to other cities. (Read more)

▪ Bangkok
Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is the only multicultural city in a country of small villages and towns, it’s also a cultural and commercial centre. Located on the mouth of river of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok it was formely divided into two municipalities: KrungThep on the east  and Thon Buri on the west, the two were  united as a city-province with a single municipal government in  1971. The buildings of the city were originally modelled on Ayutthaya, and was designed to reflect the glory of the city. Home to the Royal family, Bangkok is the capital of Thailand in every sense. (Read more)

▪ Tourist Spots

▪ Dusit Palace
The Dusit Palace, originally constructed on Ko Si Chang in 1868 and moved to Vimanmek  Teak Mansion, it’s a gougeous palace in Bangkok.  This beautiful building  contais eigthy one rooms, halls and anteroons, is said to be the  world’s largest golden-teak builging, allegedly built without the use of single nail. The mansion was also the first permanet building on the Dusit Palace grounds, and served as Rama V’s residence in the early 20th century. (Read more)

▪ Lumpini Park
The Lumpini Park, the first public park in Bangkok is more than an oasis of nature, originally designed to house Thai crafts and flowers, it’s a calm place where people can run, stroll paths, take a paddle boat ride or just sit and relax with family and friends. (Read more)

▪ Chatuchak Weekend Market
Chatuchak Market also known as JJ Market, is one of the largest markets in the world, with more than 8,000 stalls peddling wares ranging from antiques to clothes, acessories and also food. Chatuchak Market also includes a wide array of tasty restaurants with the best street food in Thailand. (Read more)

▪ Wat Arun
Wat Arun also Known “Temple of Dawn” is one of the  oldest and best known tourist spots in Bangkok, situated on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River, the temple is an architectural representation of the Mount Meru, the Center of the universe in Buddhist cosmology. (Read more)

▪ Grand Palace & Wat Prakeaw
With an incradible building,  the construction of the palace was started in 1782, when the capital of Siam was moved from Thonburi to Bangkok. The palace also served as the residence of the Kings of Thailand until the misterious death of King Ananda Mahidol. Today, the palace is a famous tourist attraction, parto f the Grand Palace is dedicated to a royal temple, Wat Prakew, na sacred temple of Thailand and home to the famous Emerald Buddha. (Read more)

▪ Cuisine

▪ Pat Thai
Pat Thai is one of the most famous dishes in Thailand, is prepared with rice noodles stir-fried  with dried and fresh shrimp, bean sprout, tofu, eggs and seasonings. Tradictionally is served with lime halves and a few stalks of Chinese chives and a sliced banana flower. (Read more)

▪ Khao Pad
Khao Pad it’s  a famous food in Thailand. The recipe is  prepared with fried  rice, eggs, onion and few herbs. The secret of this pretentious dish lies in keep simple. 

▪ Yam Nua
Yam Nua is a spicy beef salad, prepared with a mix of onion, coriander, spearmint, lime, dried chili and tender  strips of beef, it  perfectly embodies  the invigorating in the  mouth thrill of all Thai salads. 

▪ Mango Sticky Rice
Sticky rice is the staple starch of northern and northeastern Thai cuisine (Isaan), and it’s also commonly used in all sorts of Thai desserts.
For Thai mango sticky rice, the sticky rice is steamed, mixed with thick coconut cream and sugar, paired with perfectly ripe yellow sweet mango, served with some extra coconut cream on the top to make it even better, and finally often some crispy yellow mung beans are sprinkled on the very top. (Check ou the recipe)

▪ Cha Yen
One of the most delicious and popular Thai drinks, Cha Yen or Thai iced tea is prepared with  orange and milky and tasty traditional tea that often proves to win many tourist’s hearts. You can also choose  to drink the Cha Yen cold or hot. 

Oliang or Black iced coffee is another traditional drink in Bangkok, the Oliang is a mix of coffee and others ingredients, can be roasted rice and caramel then roasted with coffee beans. Normally people drink Oliang cold and you can also adding milk in the drink. 

▪ Nom Yen
Nom Yen is a creative drink made of fresh hot milk mixed with green or red syroup. Very popular among kids and teenegers who not consume any kind of caffeine drinks. The drink is colorful and atractive. (Read more)

▪ Habits
Bangkok is a city with friendly people, the culture is deeply influenced by religion, the belief system and values of Buddhism play a huge  role in day-to-day life, no matter how frustreted or upset a person might feel, they always strive  to maintain a positive and friendly attitude, sense of humor and a smile. (Read more)

▪ Music
The Thai music was developed in the royal court while folk and popular music sprung up in the countryside. The traditional music of Thailand refrects its geographic position at the intersection of China and India, and also reflect trades routes that have historically inlcuded Persia, Africa, Greece and Rome. (Read more)

▪ Dance
Dance is the main dramatic art form of Thailand. Thai dance, like many forms of traditional Asian dance, can be divided into two major categories that correspond roughly to the high art (classical dance) and low art (folk dance) distinction. (Read more)

▪ Climate
The climate in Bangkok simillar to the rest of Thailand is hot all year round, between mid-November and January the weather is good, usually with clear skies. In fact, the weather in Bangkok it’s hot even  thought it’s winter, normally in February the temperatures start to rise, remains sunny, although occasionally a few thunderstomrscan develop. (Read more)

▪ Cost of living
Bangkok in the past has had a reputation of being cheap, but after years,  the city changed and the biggest surprise for many visitors is how modern the city is nowadays. The life in a city who still growing everyday can be a little bit expensive. ( Readmore)

▪ Extra