Insight Thainess : The Art of Andaman Batik Fabric

The dawning sun is weaving its bright light over the land filling every life with cheers and energy.  The local inhabitants of Ko Yao Noi, an island of Phang Nga province begin their day’s work early.  Some fishermen are heading back ashore, ready to trade their catch for some cash.  Both the land and the sea here offer abundant natural resources for the locals, whose simple yet graceful daily routines are depicted on local handicraft items.

As a time-honoured work of art that reflects the local way of life, batik fabric with colourful patterns has long represented the unique identity of people in Southern Thailand and the Malay Peninsula.  Inspired by the natural surroundings, batik artists sketch images of various objects; such as; flowers, sea waves and marine creatures, on the fabric. Such patterns depict the artists’ real-life experience and, therefore, vary from one area to another. Yet there is one concept that all batik pieces represent: life overflowing with happiness and merriment.

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Insight Thainess : The Riviera of the Salt Field

The Gulf of Thailand is an area full of marine resources and coastal resources, rich with shrimps, mussels, crabs, and fish. On the lowland coastal plain ranging from Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Phetchaburi province, there are local farmers who make salt from seawater.

Ban Laem district has many white fields, which is a product of the seawater of the Gulf of Thailand. Seawater is released into the pond to wait for the change to become crystallized white salt and full of nutritional value. Thai people transform locally available ingredients into processed food; it is even used as a flavoring for Thai desserts.

Bang Tabun residents bring salt to use when making some local products; such as, shrimp paste, fish sauce and other kinds of seafood products. The riviera road along the coastline of the Gulf of Thailand is always open for travelers to have new experiences.

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Insight Thainess : “Mango with Sticky Rice”

Noting can beat Mango in the mid-summer. A chorus of cicadas is the rhythm and signal of summer, as well as the time for plenty of seasonal fruits. Amphawa, Samut Songkhram is one of the Thai communities that lives a simple lifestyle among various fruit orchards. The fruits that blossom and grow here are mostly coconuts, pomelos, lychees, and mangos.


Mango is a popular Thai homegrown fruit tree for shade, and we use the mango for consumption. The Thai people use creativity to select what surrounds them to make as food. The Thais also have wisdom in wisely making good use of the fruit production. They will carefully pick the old mangos from its tree to ripen for the sweet-sour taste, which the Thais believe that they give a refreshing fragrance and are best to be served with sticky rice and coconut milk. “Mango with Sticky Rice” is best served during summertime. This is the simplest happiness you can easily find in a Thai household.
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