Thailand - Land of smiles

Thailand - Land of smiles
15.05.2016

Thailand is washed by waters of the Gulf of Thailand South China sea and the Andaman sea. Bordered by Burma ,Laos, Kampuchea and Malaysia. The climate is tropical. The hottest months are April, may (+30...+35C), the most pleasant months (+20...+24C, the temperature of the night) - December to March: in the Afternoon the daytime temperature in these months (+30...+32C).
Voltage - 220V.
Thailand is called the land of smiles. Although the philosophy of Buddhism teaches that life is suffering and the only way out in-depth reflection and knowledge, it does not forget to enjoy life. Thai people repeat as a motto the word "sanuk," which can be translated as: "enjoy", "enjoy have fun", but actually it is the style of life with a smile," to learn which is the goal of every citizen of this country. That's probably why their smiles look really informal and not hypocritical.
Thailand - the land of Buddha and Buddhism the state religion here. 95 percent of the population professed its southern variant, the remaining 5% consists of Muslims, Christians and followers of Confucius, Clear evidence of the love of the Thai people to Buddha - countless temples built even in the almost uninhabited parts of the country, as well as a huge number of images and a whole army of monks. All Thai Buddhist male from 20 years of serving at least once in a lifetime "spiritual duty", becoming monks for a period of two weeks to three months. The hardships of austerity with a vengeance kompensiruet particularly honorable status of monks, Monks are forbidden to engage in productive labor, so they live is actually dependent on the other citizens. According to Buddhist philosophy, anyone who serves the monk, this good deed will be reckoned in the hereafter, So that both giving and accepting, even in the result and happy with each other.
Thais have great respect for the spirits, I'm afraid to make them angry and how can they have to beg for mercy. In front of the houses, gardens, hotels and institutions even before they put "the spirit house": so they lure the spirit to guard the territory, and that the watchman did not sleep and was kind, bring him food and drink, flowers and aromatic sticks.
As real Buddhists, the Thai people also respect the elders, teachers and private property. And extremely revere their monarch and members of his family. All of them are regarded as sacred personages. The day of the founding of the ruling dynasty, the birthdays of the king and Queen are celebrated as national holidays. Court etiquette suggests that the monarch can not be touched, i.e. it can not physically touch.
In the nineteenth century the countries of South-East Asia find it difficult to resist the rapid process of colonization. But despite the territorial concessions, Thailand, at that time, Siam was never anyone's colony, justifying another of its name - Muang Thai - land of the free. The name Siam, which was awarded the country neighbors, is derived from the Sanskrit "Sayama" - "dark-skinned". However, in another writing, this word means "beautiful", "blue-green", which actually appear to the eye of the traveler in the scenery of the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. (Thailand is called the country since 1949.)
The current monarch, Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX) ascended the throne in 1946. The king in Thailand - a symbol of the nation and the official head of state and a symbol of the power of the monarchy is the elephant. Rama IX himself known as an extremely versatile personality - an artist, musician, photographer, poet, yachtsman, and so on, and his personal contribution to bring the country out of a period of military dictatorships is highly evaluated.
Any in Thailand the head is considered sacred, Supreme in the literal and figurative sense, regardless of whether or not it adequately serves its purpose. According to Thai legend, in my head sits the spirit guarding a person's life. So to touch someone else's head and even affectionately mess up your hair - so that the bottom is no reason to insult the man. You cannot push someone with your foot - bottom and, therefore, a despicable part of the body.
For Thais a good tone - a low tone. No familiar Pat on the shoulder or raising of the voice: such treatment is the resident of Thailand is a feeling of unease. If you are dissatisfied with something, it is better to keep your emotions in check and calmly figure it out. Don't speak loudly - you just won't hear! Thai language is similar to the quiet singing or, more precisely, for tweet. Try to tweet along with them - will see what will have fantastic success with partners and staff.
Pretty severely Thais to shoes: it's supposed to remove before entering not only the temple but a private residence. If you are invited to visit and politely say "may not take off your shoes", you still leave your shoes at the door.
To sit cross-legged (as in Central Asia or in India) somewhere in the village - Thai traditions absolutely unthinkable, even for men: it will be perceived as an insult to others.
In Thailand all smiles. Understated style, the accepted behavior, is not contrary to the spirit of joie de vivre.
In all other respects the Thais are quite tolerant of other people's faults people, at least very considerate. They are very welcoming and welcome foreigners, especially that the tourism brings the country considerable income.