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Chiang Mai’s People And Their Unique Culture

Posted on November 12, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

The culture of Chiang Mai is deep-rooted in traditionalism, yet in sync with modernity. Chiang Wai is completely different with compared to most of the other Thai provinces, especially it a very different culture. Chiang Mai province is centered within a highly mountainous area, covered in thick dense forests, which made the overland communication very difficult. As a result, the Chiang Mai people have developed over the years their own customs. Thus the people and culture in Chiang Mai vary from one valley to another.

chiang mai cultureChiang Mai Province has a population of nearly 1,600,000 of which about 172,000 live in Chiang Mai city. People of Chiang Mai are of mixed origin. The Mon was first the first group of traders that joined the inhabitants of Chiang Mai, and founded a new region. By the 13th century, Tai became the dominant ethnic group in the region. Further, Burmese came to Chiang Mai in 16th century and brought in their culture and traditions. Later Europeans came to Chiang Mai. Also, in the latter half of 19th century, a number of Chinese and Muslims also migrated to this city. Thus, people of Chiang Mai are a mixture of various world cultures.

The ethnic language spoken here is kham muang. Theravada Buddhism Theravada Buddhism is the main religion followed by the people of Chiang Mai. Also, Islam and Christianity are also openly followed by certain ethnic communities in the city.

Thai people respect each other; it is shown by performing the wai where respect is shown to superiors. Foreigners are not expected to use the wai. Wai is done by pressing your palms gracefully together, fingers pointing upward and tilt your head forward. According to the Thai’s the head is the most important part of the body. According to them it’s a part of body where the spirit stays. Thus touching the head is not appreciated also the hats are treated with respect. The feet are the least important and should not be used to point at anything.

Thais are direct when they speak and they do refer to a foreigner as a Farang. Thais like people who behave in a polite manner both in verbal and non verbal communication. Thus you are about to meet a Thai dress smartly. Speak in a quiet voice and do not raise your voice. When in Chiang Mai use the right hand for eating and for receiving and giving gifts. Do not walk over animals or other people, walk around.

Thai house are constructed at a little height due to the danger of the floods. A Thai housechiang mai people has a veranda with an overhanging roof provides for the protection from the sun, and windows and high ceilings help in cooling. According to the Thai’s the correct method which must be determined before construction by an astrologer and a ceremony held to appease the spirit occupying the land. The entrance should be to the south and the bedroom at the northern end.

Most Thais will prefer to take you to a restaurant rather than their house as they are very private people. If you do enter a Thai house take off your shoes. It is normal to be taken to one room and not shown around the house. Also, Gifts are appreciated such as flowers or chocolate and make sure they are well presented.

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