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Learn about Thai food and the national sports of Muay Thai and Sepak Takraw.
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Guide to the Attractions of Thailand
Thai lifestyle encompasses a love of food, the ancient art of Muay Thai and the sport Sepak Takraw.
Any description of Thailand would not be complete without mentioning the food. For many people, Thai food is highly evocative of the country. Its spicy flavors blend with the country’s humidity, the hint of sweetness like the pleasant smiles of locals and the scent of frangipane in the air.
Thai cuisine is well known for being hot and spicy and for its balance of five fundamental flavors in each dish or the overall meal; spicy hot, sour, sweet, salty and the optional bitter. It is known for noodle and rice dishes as well as spicy fish recipes and for its fresh zingy flavors.
Curries are popular in Thailand and spicy peanuts sautés are specialty. Flavors such as lime, chili, crisp bokchoy and sweet prawns ensures that Thai food is never dull and never the same.
Although popularly considered as a single cuisine, Thai food would be more accurately described as four regional cuisines each sharing similar foods or derived from those of neighboring countries. The southern curries for example tend to contain coconut milk and fresh turmeric while northeastern dishes often in clear lime juice. The cuisine of northeastern Thailand is heavily influenced by Laos.
Thai food is known its enthusiastic use of fresh rather than dried herbs and spices such as chili and ginger as well as fish sauce.
Markets in Thailand are a popular way to shop. Fresh produce is available to people early in the day and it enhances cooking flavors.
Muay Thai is a form of hard martial art practiced in large part of the world including Thailand and other Southeast Asian countries. Muay Thai has a long history in Thailand and it is the country’s national sport. Traditional Muay Thai practiced today very significantly from the ancient art and uses kicks and punches in a ring with gloves similar to those used in western boxing.
Muay Thai boxers have a strict training routine including a focus on a healthy diet and also conditioning and massage. It has become so popular that foreign tourists even take Muay Thai classes and gets wild on holiday.
Muay Thai is referred to as the art of eight limbs as the hands, chins, elbows and knees are used extensively. A practitioner of Muay Thai thus has the ability to execute strikes using eight points of contact as supposed to two points the fist in western boxing and four point’s fist and feet using the primarily sport oriented forms of martial arts.
In order to increase fitness and learn a new skill, Muay Thai fights are spectacle. They include music and performance as well as the fight.
One of Thailand’s most popular sports is Sepak Takraw. Sepak Takraw resembles volleyball except it uses a rattan ball and only allows players to use their feet, knees, chest and head to touch the ball. It is a popular sport in a variety of other countries including Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.
In Thailand they game a simply called “Takra”. The game is played on a court of similar size to badminton and the net similar to volleyball. Takra has grown in popularity throughout the world especially when an American University student discovered the game and set up a business devoted to manufacturing Takraw balls.
Early as historical evidence shows that the game was played in the 15th century. It is mentioned in the famous Malay historical test when the son of Sultan Mansur Shah was accidentally hit with the rattan ball in a Sepac rugged game.