Elevated with graceful sloping repes,
the house is prefabricated and the units are bolted together
without using a single nail.
Thai houses in all parts of the country
are invariably single story and raised on posts. The main
unit is linked to other units by a verandah, which serves
perfectly well in merit - making functions. Thai houses
are open with a free flow of space, but they slightly differ
from region to region.
In the Central Plains, houses are elevated
to avoid floods. They are often refered to as amphibious
houses. In the North, the graceful kalae that adorns the
gable indicates the houseowner's social status.
Thai houses do not only represent
Thai life, but also serve as showcases of the
fine texture of wood, elaborately and lovingly decorated
with carvings which epitomize Thai fine craftsmanship at