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From great kingdoms of the past to becoming a newly industrialized country today, Thailand is a place of fascination and delight. On this virtual voyage through Thailand, learn about the country’s past, present and future.

Travel and Adventure

Thailand Country Overview by Rustic Pathways
Learn about the country’s culture and history, local language and foods.

Q&A: Going to Thailand with Rustic Pathways
Our Thailand Country Manager answers the most frequently asked questions about travel to Thailand.

Dos and Don’ts in Thailand Learn about proper etiquette in Thailand.

Thailand’s White Temple
Wat Rong Khun is a symbol of Thai art for a modern world.

Hot Topics

Student Protests
An overview of recent protests in Thailand and calls for major democratic reforms.

LGBTQ and Trans rights in Thailand
Thai society has long been tolerant of those identifying as LGBTQ, but public sentiment doesn’t always mirror the image framed by lawmakers and ambassadors promoting Thailand to the global community.

Pop Culture

The Cave Movie
This Hollywood adaptation of true events tells the story of the Tham Luang Cave rescue in 2018, where a soccer team of young boys got stuck with their coach in a cave after high rains. They ultimately spent 18 days in the cave while the rescue mission became an international story.

Thai Funk Playlist on Spotify
Modern and ancient sounds mix in this funky Thai playlist.

Rustic in Thailand

Photos from Rustic travelers

Rustic Programs in Thailand


Cha yen (Thai iced tea)
Thai tea is strongly brewed tea with milk and sugar. Condensed milk and sugar may also be mixed with the tea before it is poured over ice and then topped with evaporated milk. You can usually find it in restaurants that serve Thai food.

Som Tam (Spicy Green Papaya Salad)
Learn how to make one of the most popular dishes in Thailand!

Khao Soi Noodles
Khao Soi is a coconut milk noodle dish served widely in northern Thailand as well as Myanmar and Laos.

Street Food in Bangkok
Episode 1 on Netflix Street Food: Asia showcases street food in Bangkok, Thailand. Watch a street food chef make tom yum soup and crab omelets.

Try it Out

Count to 10 in Thai
Like most Asian languages, Thai is tonal. Learn to say 1-10 in this short video.

Say Hello and Bow in Thai
Saying hello and bowing the correct way is an important etiquette in Thailand.