Thailand offers travelers a rich history, culture, tradition, and beautiful architecture and wilderness. You can experience the Literature, Food, Art, or take a virtual tour with volumes of Travel Writing and Photography!

Literature

Thai Ramayana

King Rama I, retold by M. L. Jumsai

Thai Ramayana

The masterpiece of Thai literature retold from the original version written by King Rama I of Siam. Thai Ramayana is the story of the reincarnations of the God Narai on earth. He was sent down from Heaven by Shiva in order to fight the power of evil as embodied in the race of giants under the leadership of the wicked Totsakan, the ten-headed giant. The story was also depicted in frescoes on the walls of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in the Grand Palace of Bangkok.

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Anna and the King of Siam

Margaret Landon

Anna and the King of Siam

Anna Leonowens, a proper Englishwoman, was an unlikley candidate to change the course of Siamese (Thai) history. A young widow and mother, her services were engaged in the 1860's by King Mongkut of Siam to help him communicate with foreign governments and be the tutor to his children and favored concubines. One of her pupils, the young prince Chulalongkorn, was particularly influenced by Leonowens and her Western ideals. He learned about Abraham Lincoln and the tenets of democracy from her, and years later he would become Siam's most progressive king. Weaving meticulously researched facts with beautifully imagined scenes, Margret Landon recreates an unforgettable portrait of life in a forgotten exotic land.

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Food

Quick and Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes

Nancie Mcdermott

Quick and Easy Thai: 70 Everyday Recipes

Now busy home cooks can bring the fantastic flavors of Thai cuisine into the kitchen with a simple trip to the grocery store. Nancie McDermott, experienced cook, teacher, and author of the best-selling cookbook Real Thai, presents this collection of 70 delicious recipes that focus on easy-to-find ingredients and quick cooking methods to whip up traditional Thai. With McDermott's highly practical array of shortcuts, substitutions, and timesaving techniques, anyone can prepare home-cooked authentic Thai meals -- as often as they like.

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Thai Vegetarian Cooking

Vatcharin Bhumichitr

Thai Vegetarian Cooking

The recipes and culinary wisdom in Thai Vegetarian Cooking introduce Westerners to an ancient cuisine that is right in step with the way we want to eat today. It will appeal to vegetarians looking for new and flavorful dishes, and anyone interested in trying a different cuisine with notable health benefits.

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Art and Music

Thai Puppets and Khon Masks

Natthapatra Chandavij

Thai Puppets and Khon Masks

Elaborately, gilded masks worn by dancers performing in the popular Ramayana dance drama are enduring symbols of Thai culture. Since their introduction in the late eighteenth century, many hundreds of thousands of masks have been produced by skilled craftsmen. Less well-known as an art form, the history of Thai puppetry dates back to the 17th century Ayutthaya when large, metre-high puppets were used to relate popular folk tales. This volume has over 200 colour images from a variety of collections to bring this aspect of Thai culture to the reader.

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Origins of Thai Art

Betty Gosling

Origins of Thai Art

This richly illustrated, very readable book presents a survey of early Thai art within the context of recent art research. These extraordinary glimpses into Thailand's once hidden past have remained hidden and disconnected until recently. Here in one volume is a comprehensive survey over three and a half millennia of art that has led toward the formation of the modern Thai nation.

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Travel Writing and Photography

Thailand: The Golden Kingdom

William Warren and Luca Invernizzi

Thailand: The Golden Kingdom

From the beaches of the south to the mountains of the north, Thailand is a beautiful and diverse land. Thailand: The Golden Kingdom encapsulates Thai history, culture, and art in one compact volume. It gives an endearing portrait of Thailand's multi-ethnic population, the people's beliefs and ways of life and sets it in an historical and cultural context. Over 140 stunning color photographs illustrate the clear, insightful text about all aspects of one of Asia's most fascinating places.

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A Field Guide to Wild Orchids of Thailand

Nantiya Vaddhanaphuti

A Field Guide to Wild Orchids of Thailand

This elegant Thai and English compendium of the world-renowned orchids of Thailand features 685 species in full-color photographs. With its detailed information on the locations, flowering seasons, and distinctive features of the kingdom's spectacular wild orchids, it is an indispensable companion for both professional and amateur naturalists, as well as for nature lovers on their forays into the national parks of Thailand. The volume includes a species index of Thai and scientific names.

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