Online Mission Trip to Thailand – Questions and Answers (F)

Dear Students and Teachers,

School Outreach-Guiburi35

LHM Thailand staff sharing the story of Jesus with children

Welcome to another day of questions and answers from our Online Mission Trip to Thailand.   I’m happy to know that you’re so interested in my country and culture.  Please continue to visit my blog.  I’ll be answering more questions in the days ahead.

God’s blessings to you,

(Prajaow Ouay Praporn – พระเจ้าอวยพระพร)

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Leticia Navarro What hobbies do the students have?

Some like to collect stamps, others enjoy listening to music, reading books, playing guitar, singing or dancing.

dodge4 Do they read many books?

Many Thai children like to read Harry Potter books or comic books.

lions What kind of candy do the kids eat?

Most of them love eating chocolate.  Some like to eat fruit-flavored candy or nut candy similar to peanut brittle.

Dylan Teut Why do they all have to look the same?- Immanuel Belvidere Kindergarten

In Thai culture it’s important to learn how to be part of a group.  Wearing uniforms is one way to identify individuals as members of a group.  Even adults often wear uniforms from the place where they work.

Katrina ‘Kois’ Thomas What are your holiday traditions? from 3rd grade at Immanuel in Broken Arrow

For holidays Thai people usually get together with their extended families (including aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins).  This often means that they have to travel from a big city back to their hometown or village.

napa Why do the children have to wear uniforms, and do they all have to have the same haircuts?

Please see my answer above about uniforms.  The children don’t all have to have the same haircuts, but many of them look similar when so many have short haircuts.

lhm Do the students go on field trips?

Thai students love going on field trips.  Sometimes they visit a temple or a museum.  Other times they visit a national forest or the beach or a farm.   

lhm What do they do for fun?

They play computer games, watch television or videos, play sports, sing. 

lhm What kind of holidays do they celebrate?

National holidays include New Year’s Day, the King’s birthday (which is also Father’s Day), the Queen’s birthday (which is also Mother’s Day), Children’s Day, the Buddha’s birthday, his first sermon, when the Buddha reached enlightenment, Thai New Year’s Day, Constitution Day and others.

lions Do the kids get weekends off of school in Thailand?

Yes, they only go to school Monday-Friday.

Cindy Engelhard Do the children have desks at school?

Usually they have desks, but sometimes several students share a table.

Cindy Engelhard Do the children eat at school or do they bring their lunch?

In primary grades 1-6 inthe government schools, the government provides free lunches for the students.  In junior high schools and high schools they have cafeterias with small stands where people sell different kinds of food that the students can buy.

albany Do you have school for 5 days per week?

Yes, Monday-Friday.

belvidere117 Are there more girls or boys?

The number is almost the same for girls and boys.

belvidere117 How many schools do you have?

There are more than 36,000 schools in Thailand.

dodge4 What restaurants do they have?

We have many different types of Thai restaurants (noodle shops, family restaurants, seafood restaurants, food stalls in markets and along the street, hot pot restaurants), many Western restaurants (McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Subway, pizza places, Italian restaurants and others) and many restaurants from Japan, Korea, Vietnam and other Asian countries. 

luxem From St. Paul in Luxemburg, WI: Do they celebrate Halloween?

No, Thai people don’t know about Halloween.

Marissa Engelhard What kind of technology do they have at school? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

Many Thai schools in villages, small towns and rural areas have some computers.  In the cities many schools have access to the internet.  The government is trying to provide I-Pads for the schools.

Cheryl Talsma Who is the most popular singer?

The most popular Thai singer is “Bird” Thongchai.

Shellie Kosmerchock Zion Pierce Why is the King and I banned in Thailand?

Because it makes the king look foolish and weak.  The Thai people love and respect the current king and the former kings and always want people to think of them as wise and strong.

luxem From St. Paul in Luxemburg, WI: Is school 5 days a week? Is there a weekend?

Yes, children go to school Monday-Friday and have the weekend off.

Shellie Kosmerchock Zion Pierce Do they learn handbells in school?

No, but they learn some Thai traditional instruments.  The Ankalung is similar to handbells, but made from bamboo.

belvidere117 What kind of ice cream do you have?

Baskin-Robbins, Dairy Queen, Swensen’s and Coldstone have many different flavors, including flavors not common in North America like mango, jackfruit, corn, durian, green tea, taro and others.

Cheryl Talsma Are there many horses? How are they used?

Not too many horses.  Some are used for farming or for children to ride at amusement parks.

belvidere117 Are there special flowers there?

Orchids, lotus, jasmine are very common.  Ratchaphruek (Golden Shower Tree) is the Thai national flower.

merrill7 What sports do you play?

Soccer is the most popular, but we also play badminton, volleyball, takraw.  Many Thai children also enjoy swimming.

LHM How do you train the monkeys to get the coconuts?

There are special trainers who do that.  They train the monkeys at an obedience school.

Marissa Engelhard Do they have soda in Thailand? Is it the same flavors as here? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

Yes, we have the same flavors of soda as you do, like Coke, Coke Light, Coke Zero, Sprite, Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Root Beer, Red and Green and Orange Fanta and others.

Painesville What is the average income in Thailand?

This is difficult to answer, because salaries are very different for people in different jobs and with different education and training.  Maybe it will be helpful for you to know that the minimum wage in Thailand is 300 Thai Baht per day, which is equal to $10 per day.

tinley1 Do they have movie theaters? Do they show American movies?

In the bigger cities we have movie theaters.  They show American movies, Korean movies, Thai movies and movies from India.

Marissa Engelhard Do they have recess in Thailand? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

Yes, they have a short recess.

stpaul We just did ” The King and I ” as our fall ,musical. Why is it banned in Thailand?

Please see my answer above.

Cheryl Talsma (Ft Lauderdale) what are the different levels of school? Middle schools included?

We have two levels of school – Grades 1-6 and grades 7-12. 

rapids4 Are there earthquakes?

Yes, but not very strong ones. 

racine7 What kind of music do they listen to? What is the number one instrument?

We listen to Western pop music, Thai pop music, Korean pop music, Chinese and Indian music, Thai country music.  The number one instrument is probably the guitar.

Charlotte Fritsch Do dogs run stray like in Belize?

We have some street dogs.

Heather Biermann What traditional instruments do they have in Thailand?

Angklung, Khim, Phin, Ranat Ek, Saw Duang, Glong Yao, Khlui

clearwater Is there pizza in Thailand?

Yes, we have Pizza Hut, Pizza Company and some local pizza places. 

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior, Do you have one flag or many?

We have one country flag, one Buddhist flag, one flag for the king, one for the queen and one for the royal family and some others.

merrill3 What type of animals do you have ?

We have elephants, monkeys, crocodiles, large snakes, dogs, cats, rabbits, cows, water buffalo, some tigers and others.

Cheryl Talsma What temple is considered most sacred by Buddhists?

The temple in the Grand Palace, called Wat Pragaew, is probably the most sacred.

Marissa Engelhard Do they have chocolate in Thailand? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

We have many kinds of chocolate, such as candy bars, boxes of chocolate, chocolate milk, chocolate ice cream, chocolate cake and chocolate cereal.

luxem From St. Paul in Luxemburg, WI: What sports are played in Thailand?

Please see my answer above.

racine7 What kind of music do they have?

Please see my answer above.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior, Do you celebrate Easter?

Many Christians celebrate Easter and some even celebrate Good Friday.

belvidere117 Why do Buddhists put the green sticks on their head when they worship?

They believe that the green sticks will bring them good luck.

tinley1 Do they have a lot of English speaking/American singers on the radio?

Yes, especially in the Bangkok area there are several English language radio stations that play American music.

Marissa Engelhard What is a typical school lunch? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

A typical school lunch is steamed rice with some vegetables and maybe a little meat. 

rapids2 How tall do trees grow in Thailand?

The tallest trees in Thailand can grow to be about 40 feet tall.

Marissa Engelhard Do they eat pineapple or other fruits we have? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

Thailand is quite famous for growing pineapples.  We also grow a lot of bananas, watermelons, oranges, strawberries, grapes, apples and pears.

racine7 How well do Thailand and the US get along?

Thailand and the US have been good friends for a long time.

Margaret Leapley Beautiful Savior, What is your population? How many days a year do you have school?

The population of Thailand is about 67 million.  Children go to school between 180-200 days a year. 

tinley1 Do they have all the same subjects as we do?

Yes, plus Thai children study Thai language.

belvidere117 Do you like pizza?

I like pizza if it has a very thin crust and spicy meat.

napoleon Are all of the statues we see “Buddha?” and why do they look different?

Some of the statues are of mythical beings.  Some of the Buddha statues look different because they are showing different aspects of his character.

dodge4 When do they get out of school for summer break?

One school break is from mid-March until the end of May and another is from mid-October until mid-November.

Marissa Engelhard Do they have Nickelodeon or other TV shows that we would watch? 2nd Grade, Redeemer, Pittsburgh, PA

Families that can afford cable television can watch Mickelodeon, Disney and other TV shows that you watch.

belvidere117 How many types of candy do you have?

I don’t know, but we have lots and lots of types of candy.

racine7 How much does food cost?

We can get a meal for about $2.00. 

belvidere117 Do you have chocolate?

We have many kinds of chocolate.

tinley1 Do women wear make up there?

Yes, Thai women like to look nice, so they wear make up and often have their hair done at a beauty salon.

Cheryl Talsma (Fort Lauderdale) How much is $1 worth?

$1 is worth about 29.5 Thai Baht.

overland What kinds of jobs do people have?

About 65% of Thai people live in rural areas, so many of them have jobs connected with agriculture.  Many other people have government jobs, others work in business or work in stores.  Of course many are teachers and doctors and lawyers.  A lot of people work in factories.

Zion-Concord L.S. Do they have the Disney Channel?

Only families who can afford to have cable television are able to watch the Disney Channel.

tinley2 What else do they eat in Thailand other than rice?

Thai people enjoy eating noodles.  We also eat a lot of vegetables, seafood, fish, chicken, pork and beef.

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