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Khon is a now a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage with Thailand’s most famous cultural dance, representing a significant point in the country’s history. This was its maiden accolade from the global body with regards to heritage prowess. The nation’s cultural ministry celebrated the occasion the following week with a sequence of Khon-themed activities. The festivities encompassed live performances, exhibitions, animation films, children’s books and the inception of a digital database to imprint the traditional artwork onto the timeless reaches of the interwebs. First things first: What is Khon exactly? Khon is a classic Thai dance that traces its roots back to the 15th century and is an expressional and speechless form of storytelling. It is heavily inspired by the tales of the Ramakien and borrows a leaf from the Indian Sanskrit epic Ramayan. It comes off akin to a Shakespeare play with masked dancers unveiling the plot in pantomime fashion …

Friendly to visitors, accepting in nature due to Buddhist beliefs, and splendidly original, part of the beauty of Thailand is, without doubt, the warmth, hospitality, and wonderful quirkiness of the Thai people. Promising relaxed vacations and an intriguing culture, the real riches of a truly Thai experience come with understanding the nuances of long-held customs and traditions. Even saying, ‘hello’ in Thailand comes with its own subtle yet defined rulebook, and understanding how the ‘wai’ Thai greeting works is a great way to feel connected to Thailand beyond its allure as a vacation destination, as well as create a bond with the Thai people.  What is a Wai? A wai is a form of communication and a customary greeting in Thailand. Essentially, the palms of the hands are momentarily pressed together in a prayer-like gesture with fingers pointing upwards, usually close to the chest, and the head slightly bowed. While …

Muay Thai, or Thai Boxing, captures the essence of sporting discipline, control, and strength. It is the artistic expression of the power of the body along with spirituality and tradition. Powerful and unique, with its roots in Thailand, Muay Thai is a martial art that resonates way beyond sporting prowess, straight to the core of Thai culture and the belief in strengthening character and the inner self. With strikes and clinches, the essence of Thai Boxing is to become an effective and super-efficient fighter and it is no surprise that Muay Thai fighters are so incredibly fit, fast, and flexible. The Art of Eight Limbs Whilst traditional boxing in the West is all about fist action and kickboxing is about using the hands and feet, the classic sport of Muay Thai encompasses eight points of contact; the hands, the knees, the shins, and the feet. The body acts as a …