Thai Proverbs

Don’t help the elephant carry its tusks.

Don’t borrow someone else’s nose to breathe with.

The sweetness of food doesn’t last long, but the sweetness of good words does.

Wrapped within rags might be gold

(Don’t) Escape from the tiger (in order to) meet the crocodile.

To eat is human, to digest—divine.

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Thai people call Thailand “Muang Thai,” which means “Land of the Free.” Thailand has a population of about 60 million people. The region has a rich cultural history, and many long-inhabited cities and regions, many of which have had people continuously living there for over 20,000 years.

Thailand was part of the Mon and Khmer Empires from the 800s AD-1200s AD, which also marked a period of Chinese immigration to the region. Two separate Kingdoms replaced the Mon and Khmer in the 1200s. In the mid 1700s, the Burmese, who were enemies with the Thai for many years, caused widespread destruction in Thailand.

The Chakri Dynasty took over in 1782, and by the mid 1800s had established the Siam Empire. By the 1930s, the Siam Empire was named Thailand, and converted into its current government. The country’s main language is Thai. Unlike most other neighboring regions, Thailand has remained free of Western colonization throughout its history.

Themes of Thailand include Buddhism, rice, soybeans, pineapples, soccer, Thai kickboxing, kite flying, music, dancing, ceremonies, drama, porcelain, rubber, tourism, and tin production.