Saturday, May 29, 2010

A trip to a traditional Thai house


Last Thursday I went on a trip to Khun Preeda’s house, comprising of four traditional Thai houses. The garden and interiors – even the spaces between the houses  as in the first picture- are full of beautiful and traditional objects.

Traditional Thai houses are made of teak wood, which is cooler than other woods. Their ceilings are high because heat rises. They are built on stilts (see the last photos) because during the rainy season many areas flood and because it reduces the chances of receiving unwelcome visitors (snakes.)

The fourth picture shows an opium bed. The 'pillow' is made of ceramic! In front of the bed is a marriage chest which a mother gives to her daughter for her wedding. It would contain whatever the mother is able to give.







6 comments:

Queenie said...

Maybe if you've had some opium, you think a ceramic pillow is a really good idea? Beautiful photos, JJ, of what is clearly a gorgeous and fascinating place.

Harriet said...

Daughter:
Fab Pictures mum. We should have a chest you give to me on my wedding day...haha

Talli Roland said...

Wow! Brilliant photos. So gorgeous - wish I was there!

Debs said...

It's great learning about Thailand through your blog. These photos are so beautiful. What an amazing place to visit.

HelenMHunt said...

Great photos. It's really interesting to see the differences in lifestyle.

Clover said...

Very pretty!