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 Home > About Thailand > The Land and its People > Thai House


The Thai house -- actually a group of houses joined together -- is designed to suit the Thai lifestyle and climate.

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 its best.

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