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Thailand's culture is unlike any other. Travelers attempting to fully immerse themselves in all that this tourist destination has to offer find it essential to become culturally sensitive. Thailand Tourism gives readers an indispensable overview of this remarkable land of contrasts. This invaluable text reveals the Southeast Asian country, its history, its culture, and its people's fun-loving perspective of life. The importance of Thai symbols and their meaning, icons, and social practices, its proud history of ...

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Overview

Thailand's culture is unlike any other. Travelers attempting to fully immerse themselves in all that this tourist destination has to offer find it essential to become culturally sensitive. Thailand Tourism gives readers an indispensable overview of this remarkable land of contrasts. This invaluable text reveals the Southeast Asian country, its history, its culture, and its people's fun-loving perspective of life. The importance of Thai symbols and their meaning, icons, and social practices, its proud history of its constitutional monarchy, and its numerous religious temples are examined in detail. This book offers tourists and students of tourism an informative, realistic view of the people, food, entertainment, and scenery of one of the most exotic lands in the world.

Thailand Tourism offers a rare, in-depth look at this unique country and provides the information travelers need to know to easily move about and make their trip memorable. The guide includes helpful typical tourist itineraries illustrating what to expect when booking plans. The Thai viewpoints on sexuality, marriage, and societal changes are analyzed in detail. The issue of violence is discussed, including its ingrained presence in everyday life. Helpful tables detail demographic information from several countries to shed light not only on where travelers originate, but also to study the contrasts with the Thai culture. The book also presents a primer on the semiotics of tourism, and then discusses significant signs and symbols infused in Thai culture including Thai smiles, the royal kingdom of Thailand, Buddhist monks, Buddha statues, and Wats (temples).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789031846
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Dr. Darunee Hirunruk     ix
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xix
Tourism in Thailand
Tourism, Travelers, and Thailand     5
Definitions of Tourism     6
Tourism As Adventure     9
Kinds of Tourism     11
Uses and Gratifications of Tourism     14
Tourism and the Libido     15
People on the Move: Statistics on Tourism in Europe and Asia     16
Tourist Arrivals to Thailand by Nationality     18
World's Top International Tourism Earners     19
World's Top Fifteen International Tourism Spenders     20
Vacation Days Per Year in Selected Countries     21
What Tourists Spend in Thailand     21
Typical Tourist Itineraries in Thailand     25
The Classic Tours of Thailand     25
Commonalities of the Four Tours     26
A Suggested Tour of Thailand by a Thai Tourism Student     27
Intrepid Tours in Thailand     31
The Snake of Terrorism in the Paradise of Thailand, and Other Problems     33
Images of Thailand in Travel Literature     37
John Gunther's Siam     37
The Lonely Planet Guidebooks     38
Three ThaiConcepts     41
Pico Iyer on Thailand's Complexities     42
Slogans     44
Violence and Marriage in Thailand: Two Aspects of Thai Character, Culture, and Personality     47
The "Happy-Go-Lucky" Thais and the Burmese     47
Violence in Thai Society     48
Marriage in Thailand As Reflected in Thai Comic Books     50
Cultural Explanations     51
Semiotic Siam
A Primer on the Semiotics of Tourism     57
Saussure on Signs     57
Peirce's Semiotics: Icons, Indexes, and Symbols     58
Roland Barthes's Empire of Signs     59
Signs and Symbols in Thailand     61
The Thai Smile     61
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand     64
Bangkok, "City of Angels"     67
The Buddhist Monks of Thailand     69
Buddha Statues     72
Elephants and the Thai Psyche     77
Ethnic Tribes     81
Wats (Temples)     88
The Thai Wai     93
Thai Food     96
Thai Prostitutes and the Sex Industry     99
Thailand and America: A Study in Otherness     102
Thailand on My Mind
Notes from My Thailand Journal      111
Arrival in Bangkok     111
Cultural Clash     113
Chiang Mai Adventures     113
The Pleasure of Chance Encounters     114
Notes on Signs and Symbols of Thailand     115
On the Night Ferry to Ko Samui     116
Speculations on Typical Touristic Activities     116
Exotic California: High School Subcultures in California     117
The Night Market at Hua Hin     119
A Journey of Ten Thousand Miles Ends with a Step     123
Thailand As a Monoculture     123
Ian Buruma on Thai Identity     124
The Tourist As Amateur Anthropologist     126
Thailand As a Text     127
Thailand and the Human Spirit     129
References     131
Index     135

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