On January 27th, it was my birthday and my husband had a surprise for me. He had bought tickets for the show at Siam Niramit, a cultural show that we had last visited six years ago. The show was only 7 kilometers away from our home and we set out on the evening of my birthday to make our way there.
As we approached the theater, my excitement was palpable. I couldn't wait to see the show again, it had been such a long time since our last visit. We arrived at the door around 5:30 pm and handed our vouchers to the staff to get our arms stamped, allowing us entry into the theater.
Before going inside, we couldn't resist taking pictures with the staff dressed in beautiful Thai costumes in front. The costumes were so intricate and detailed, and it was clear that a lot of care had gone into their creation. The staff were more than happy to oblige, and we took several photos together, capturing the moment forever.
As we walked in, the inside of the theater was decorated in traditional Thai style, with intricate murals adorning the walls. One of the most striking was the mural of the heavenly city, complete with angels and fairies, it was a sight to behold. The staff, both men and women, were dressed in traditional Thai costumes, and they welcomed us warmly, inviting us to take pictures as souvenirs.
As we walked along the corridor, we couldn't help but be struck by the statues of Dutton hermits that adorned the walls. The statues were intricate and detailed, and it was clear that a lot of care had gone into their creation. I couldn't help but be fascinated by the contorted poses of the figures, which seemed to be in the middle of performing some sort of body exercise.
That the practice of contorted Ruesi is a form of exercise that uses different parts of the body to bend and manage the respiratory system. He went on to tell me that it is important for health recovery and is especially used in rehabilitation medicine to manage the respiratory system by exercising the muscles and the diaphragmatic system.
I was amazed to learn that the practice of contorted hermit is not only an art form but also good for health promotion. The statues in the corridor now held a new meaning to me and I couldn't help but feel a sense of respect and admiration for the ancient practice.
Before the show, we had some time to explore the theater and learn more about the Thai culture. We walked around the theater and discovered that it was divided into four different regions of Thailand, each representing a different rural village. The exhibits were incredibly detailed, and it was like being transported back in time to ancient Thailand. We learned about the way of life of the indigenous people, their traditions, and the customs that were practiced in ancient times.
As we walked around, we were also able to take a boat cruise and see the Thai atmosphere by the water. The evening was perfect, the sun was setting and the water was calm, it was truly a magical experience.
As we walked into the first house we visited, Ban Thai in the central region, we were struck by the traditional design of the house. It was a raised wooden structure with a thatched roof and the overall design was simple yet elegant.
As we walked around the house, we learned about the different areas of the house and their uses. The basement of the house was used for storing fishing tools and agricultural equipment, which was common in rural villages of Thailand. The main living area was on the upper level, where the family would gather for meals and spend time together.
The house was decorated with traditional Thai artifacts, such as woven baskets, pottery, and textiles. We learned about the different techniques used to make these items and how they were used in everyday life.
We also had the opportunity to meet with locals who were dressed in traditional clothes and they explained to us about their daily lives, customs and practices. They were very friendly and welcoming, and it was a great opportunity to learn more about Thai culture and tradition.
We were impressed by the attention to detail and how authentic the experience was. It was like we were transported back in time and we felt grateful for the opportunity to learn more about the way of life of rural people in Thailand in ancient times.
The upper level of the house was divided into different areas including a terrace that connected the bedroom, relaxation pavilion, and kitchen. The terrace was a great spot for enjoying the fresh air and taking in the beautiful surroundings.
The open space in front of the bedroom was designated as an area for receiving guests. The staff, dressed in traditional Thai costumes, were folding flowers from pandan leaves and graciously offered us the finished flowers as a souvenir. It was a lovely touch and added to the authenticity of the experience.
We took the flowers and continued to explore the different houses and exhibits on display. Each one had its own unique charm and offered a glimpse into a different aspect of Thai culture and tradition.
We then went to explore the bedroom, which was just an empty room with only a few interior items. The Buddha statue stood by the window, and there were mats, pillows, and mosquito nets on the floor. The simplicity of the room was striking and made us realize how little we truly need to live a comfortable life.
As we walked around the room, we could imagine the villagers who once lived here, peacefully sleeping on the mats and waking up to the morning sun streaming in through the window. The Buddha statue was a reminder of the spiritual importance of the people who lived here and how religion is deeply ingrained in Thai culture.
As we explored the kitchen, we were struck by the simplicity of it. The kitchen was small and separated into different sections. Inside, there were various utensils and pottery containers. Garlic and shallots hung from the pillars, adding a rustic charm to the room.
We could imagine the villagers preparing meals here, using the simple tools and ingredients available to them. The pottery containers reminded us of a time when people lived off the land and everything was made by hand.
The kitchen was a reminder of the hard work and effort that went into daily life in the past. It was fascinating to see how people used to live and how much things have changed over time.
The relaxation pavilion was connected to the house by a terrace, which provided a seamless transition from the indoor to outdoor spaces. The pavilion was built on stilts and had a thatched roof, providing a perfect spot to take in the surrounding scenery and enjoy the fresh air. The sound of the gently flowing water and the rustling of the leaves in the wind created a peaceful atmosphere.
As we sat in the pavilion, we could see people rowing boats leisurely along the canal, taking in the sights and sounds of the area. The view from the terrace was truly breathtaking, with lush greenery and the charming houses lining the canal. It was the perfect place to unwind and escape the busy world for a while.
Tourists can rent a boat for 20 baht (0.61$) per person. There will be staff rowing boats to take you to see the beauty of ancient Thai houses by the water.
The northern ancient Thai houses were so different from the central region. The use of vibrant colors and traditional decorations made it feel like we were transported back in time. The fabrics flags fluttered in the wind and the lanterns added a warm glow to the atmosphere. The small water jar for washing feet was a nice touch that showed the attention to detail in the exhibit.
Inside the house, there was a living room, a bedroom, and a kitchen. The living room was sparsely furnished, with only a few wooden benches and a small table. The bedroom was also simple, with only a few mats and blankets on the floor.
The kitchen was small, but it had all the necessary tools and utensils for cooking.
The barn for storing paddy and the wagon wheels for harnessing oxen were also interesting to see, giving us a glimpse into the agricultural aspect of ancient Thai life.
After exploring the ancient Thai houses in the north, we went to see the floating market. The floating market is a traditional Thai market that is set up on a boat and sailed along the canal. Here, tourists can buy various kinds of goods, such as fruits, vegetables, snacks, and souvenirs.
This house in the middle of the water is a unique experience for tourists as it combines traditional elements from different regions of Thailand. Visitors can see the traditional reception table made of large carved wood and also see how traditional elements are being blended with modern furnishings such as a fan and music player. It also showcases the traditional pottery tile work that is a staple of Thai culture. Overall, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the blend of traditional and modern elements of Thai culture.
The southern Thai house is characterized by its unique architecture and design, with a mix of Chinese, Malay, and Thai influences. The house is built on stilts, with a large veranda and a thatched roof. Inside, the house is divided into several rooms, with traditional furniture and decor, such as woven mats, wooden carvings, and colorful textiles. The house also features a small altar dedicated to ancestors, which is a common feature in southern Thai homes.
The interior was decorated with beautiful batik cloth and traditional southern Thai pottery.
There was also an area dedicated to showcasing the art of shadow puppetry, where tourists could see a live performance and learn about the history and technique behind this ancient form of storytelling.
Inside the Northeastern Thai house, you will find traditional woven baskets, pottery, and other handmade items that reflect the daily life and culture of the Northeastern people. The house is typically made of wood and bamboo, with thatched roofs and raised floors. The interior is decorated with colorful textiles and traditional artwork, such as Buddhist paintings and carvings. The Northeast is also known for its traditional music and dance, so you may also have the opportunity to see a performance of traditional music and dance. Overall, visiting a Northeastern Thai house is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of this unique and ancient civilization.
The front area is decorated with colorful Phi Ta Khon masks, showcasing the unique and rich culture of the Northeastern region of Thailand. These masks are an important part of the region's traditional festivals and are known for their intricate designs and bright colors.
Weaving is a traditional craft in the Northeastern region of Thailand (Isan), and it is common for people to weave from colorful threads and silk threads to create intricate designs and patterns for clothing, accessories, and household items. This rich cultural tradition continues to thrive and is an important part of the identity and heritage of the Isan people.
Inside the northeastern Thai house, there is minimal furniture, but one essential item is "pla ra," which is fish mixed with salt and rice bran, fermented in a jar for 4-6 months to extend its shelf life. It has a distinct, fermented taste that is appreciated in the region and used as a key ingredient in cooking.
At this hill tribe exhibit, visitors can learn about the way of life of these communities and see the clothing they wear. They also have the opportunity to try on hill tribe hats and take photos as souvenirs. The hill tribes make a living by growing silkworms and producing silk, showcasing their unique cultural heritage.
This is a great way to experience the diverse culture and traditions of different regions in Thailand. It's interesting to see how the traditional way of life has evolved and how it's been incorporated into modern living. The use of real buffaloes and the opportunity to rent a boat and explore the ancient houses by water adds to the authentic experience for tourists. It sounds like a great way to learn about Thai culture and history.
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