Bangkok. CHINA TOWN
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 02:55
Last Update: July 2013

Bangkok´s Chinatown retains the authentic aroma of China.
Strolling through the streets or dining at one of the restaurants is as if you were in any Chinese city. The appearance, smells, atmosphere, busy traffic - everything about it evokes the origin of the resident community.
The reason for including Chinatown in the section on ´authentic Thailand´ is that, apart from its genuineness, it is a place well worth going for a leisurely browse to see what you find.


Bangkok. JIM THOMPSON HOUSE MUSEUM
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 1:57
Last Update: March 2014

Jim Thompson was an architect born in Delaware (USA) who travelled to Thailand just after the end of World War II. He fell in love with the country and decided to settle in Bangkok where he played a relevant role in the development and modernization of the silk industry.  

On 26 March 1967 he disappeared during a trip to Malaysia leaving behind an important legacy. The classic Thai architecture of the buildings is interesting as is his art collection and the household items he used in his daily life.


Bangkok. SALA RIM NAAM
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 01:58
Last Update: April 2014

On 24 May 1888, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel held a great banquet in honour of Queen Victoria, on the occasion of her jubilee anniversary and shortly after King Chulalongkorn offered a dinner in honour of Prince Nicholas of Russia, in March 1891. 

Two exceptional events in the unique history of this hotel give us an idea of its luxury and glamour. If you would like to treat yourself to a very special dinner where traditional dances are performed, this is a great opportunity. 


Bangkok. TALING FLOATING MARKET
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 03:24
Last Update: July 2015

Floating markets have been part of Thai social life right up until the mechanisation of transport and the development of roads. In Bangkok, a few have survived to the present day and even provide services to the residents of nearby neighbourhoods, such as Taling.
Our recommendation is to hire a long-tail boat, if you get up early one free morning and going there for breakfast with the locals.


CHIANG MAI. City
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 04:43
Last Update: March 2013

This welcoming city in northern Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.
By number of inhabitants, it is the second largest after Bangkok and was the capital of the Lanna Kingdom until its ultimate integration into the Kingdom of Thailand in 1939.
This chapter depicts the city and the natural setting where it is located, as well as telling you a little about its history and the various attractions that make it worth a visit at least two or three days’ long.


Chiang Mai. KHUM KHANTOKE
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 01:35
Last Update: October 2013

This restaurant combines the gastronomy of the northern part of the country with another feature of local culture, traditional dances. While sampling a Lanna-style dinner you can enjoy an oriental dance show. This is the ideal opportunity for enjoying Chiang Mai night life with friends.  


Chiang Mai. LISU CEREMON
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 08:11
Last Update: October 2012

The Lisu tribe is one of Thailand´s most popular minority groups because of their presence in areas well frequented by tourists such as Khaosan Road in Bangkok or the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai.
The Lisu maintain their animist beliefs and, therefore, their traditions closely associated with the world of spirits. In this chapter, we visit one of their villages to attend an interesting ceremony in the temple of the guardian spirit.


Chiang Mai. LOI KRATHON
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 04:12
Last Update: March 2013

The Loi Krathong festival is held in the month of November, coinciding with the end of the rainy season, when the monsoons have nourished the lands in prediction of a good harvest.
Originally it was a mixture of various beliefs, so it can be interpreted in different ways. As you can see from the footage in this video, it’s a great festival in which the whole society as well as visitors take part. Sweet memories worth taking home with you.


Chiang Mai. SONGKRAN
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 05:44
Last Update: July 2015

The Songkran festival is held throughout the whole country and it marks the New Year on the traditional Thai calendar. This is the main New Year’s festival but not the only one as they also celebrate the Chinese and western New Year. 

The two main ingredients of the celebration are water and fun, a delightful combination, precisely when the summer temperatures are at their hottest. The festival is a real boon for tourists visiting Thailand in the middle of April.


Chiang Mai. WAT U-MONG AND THE COMMUNITY OF MONKS
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 05:02
Last Update: October 2012

For centuries, Buddhist monks avoided living in cities, settling in nearby woods during the rainy season when roads became impassable.
The Wat U-Mong is a good example, a Buddhist community installed near the city of Chiang Mai, in the woods at the foot of a nearby mountain.
Their open willingness to welcome strangers is an opportunity to learn more about Buddhists, their beliefs and their way of life.


Chiang Rai. AN AKHA FAMIL
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 05:20
Last Update: March 2013

The Akha are one more of the ethnic minorities living in Thailand. Originally from Myanmar, they migrated throughout the 20th century, settling in the northernmost provinces of the country.
Spending a day in their homes and talking to them is very revealing and a great way to see the country from a more human perspective as well as an enriching experience.


Chiang Rai. GOLDEN TRIANGLE
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 02:34
Last Update: October 2012

The legendary Mekong River traces part of Thailand´s border with neighbouring Laos in the north of the country. A distant and exotic land less travelled by western explorers until recently.
A place where history combines with legend and together, in the traveller´s imagination, make it an interesting destination that you might like to visit.


Chiang Rai. LOCAL STREET PARTY
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 08:10
Last Update: October 2012

Apart from being very friendly, the Thais have a good sense of humour and do their best to enjoy life. Like everyone else, probably
Among other things, they love dancing and that happens at village street parties during popular festivals. A good and fun way of seeing Thailand close-up. By way of an example, our film shows a festival in Chiang Rai and another one in Pun Ban Noi, a village near Chiang Mai.


Chiang Saen. CASINO ON THE BORDER
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 02:39
Last Update: October 2012

A curious and somewhat paradoxical circumstance takes place on Thailand´s border with Laos. Just over the border from Laos, a country governed by a Communist political regime, there is a special economic free zone that includes a conventional casino, well not quite conventional.
Perhaps, against all odds, it may be of interest to you to reach such a remote place to spend a few hours in a casino.


COCKFIGHTS
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 11:20
Last Update: October 2012

This tradition can be found in all countries of Southeast Asia, including Thailand. While it is true that it is surrounded by controversy and perceived as cruel by one part of the public in the West, it has formed part of the country’s social life since ancient times, which is why it may be of interest for those travellers who are keen to understand Thai people more profoundly, even though this is perhaps not the prettiest side.


COOKERY COURSES
THINGS TO DO IN THAILAND
Duration: 03:16
Last Update: October 2012

Thai cuisine is one of the main attractions of the country, with an impressive pantry thanks to its tropical climate, fertile lands and more than 2000 kilometres of coastline. As far as their culinary tradition goes, the influence of India and China cuisine and later trading relations with the West have enriched it and turned it into a pleasure for the five senses.
Besides enjoying it, you might fancy the idea of learning a few of their recipes at a cookery school.


GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR VISIT TO A MARKET
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration:
Last Update: October 2012

Markets form an essential part of the urban landscape and social life in Thailand. Some are general and other specialise in certain goods, and they take place at any time and in all corners of the country.
The idea here is get the most out of your visit by starting conversations with some of the shopkeepers with the help of an interpreter.
Thai people are kind and friendly, so it´s more than likely you’ll have an interesting time and great fun.


HILL TRIBES
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 05:10
Last Update: July 2015

An extensive network of ethnic minorities live in Southeast Asia, spread across the territory in small communities. With few exceptions, they have never held dominant positions in the region, so have been forced to migrate frequently.
Many of them now live in Thailand and represent a wonderful opportunity for travellers to acquaint themselves with very different ways of thinking and living, thus enriching their own cultural heritage.


Kanchanaburi. TIGER TEMPLE
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 02:08
Last Update: October 2012

The main feature of this small zoo, still under construction, are the tigers and you can take a picture with them in a natural gorge, where they are firmly chained to the ground.
Besides the tigers, there are other species of mammals, some roaming free and other more dangerous ones in cages.
The site is part of a Buddhist monastery, so there are also monks residing on the premises.


MAE HONG SON
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 02:20
Last Update: October 2012

Mae Hong Son is a quaint, romantic village in northwest Thailand, near the border with Myanmar. Its location nestling among mountains makes it a first-rate destination for those wishing to pursue open-air activities and also for those interested in learning something about the ethnic minorities called the ´hill tribes´, as many of them reside in its mountain valleys.
It has its own airport, a quicker alternative to going by road.


MASSAGE
THINGS TO DO IN THAILAND
Duration: 03:48
Last Update: October 2012

You can learn how to give massages in Thailand if you would like to, but what you certainly cannot miss doing is to actually have one - they are a delight. There are various different types and they are not expensive.
Have a look at this film and see which one you want to start with.

MUAY THAI
CLASSICS OF THAILAND
Duration: 10:42
Last Update: March 2013

It is more than likely if you visit Thailand that it occurs to you or you are invited to attend a Muay Thai fight or a Thai boxing match. If that is the case, then this film will help you to understand what happens in the ring.
It starts with a brief introduction to the origins and features of Thai boxing and then explains some of the key points to the sport.
It is intended for those viewers who know nothing about it and would simply like to attend a fight to see this Thai tradition first hand.


Sukhothai. MONKS AT DAWN
AUTHENTIC THAILAND
Duration: 04:14
Last Update: October 2012

There is always something special about the atmosphere at night. Depending on the situation, it can cause a certain feeling of unease, although in this case, what you are about to see is fascinatingly enveloped in a compelling atmosphere of intimacy.
In the early hours of each morning, the monks go out barefoot from Buddhist monasteries to ask the public for the provisions they need to live. It is a moment of singular devotion that illustrates the close bond between ordained monks and the lay community of believers.


SURAT THANI
PLACES OF INTEREST
Duration: 02:33
Last Update: October 2013

Surat Thani lies halfway between the two coasts, that of the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman sea so it is a place that many travellers pass through.  Although it is not particularly attractive for sightseeing, it does offer a good opportunity to get to know the country’s local life. There is a pleasant walk along the Tapi River near to its mouth.  


TREKKING WITH ELEPHANTS
THINGS TO DO IN THAILAND
Duration: 05:04
Last Update: March 2013

Maybe it’s because of their size or their good-natured appearance, or because they are grass-eaters and therefore we don’t see them as a threat. Whatever the reason, the fact is that we find elephants incredibly endearing.
Elephant trekking is a fun activity for all ages.
After watching this video, if you decide to sign up for one, remember to choose a company that guarantees proper care of its animals.


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