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Meet Prim: An Exchange Student from Thailand
Debra Butterfield
Sunday, January 12, 2020

Hello my name is Prim Kangwansupaphan. I’m an exchange student from Surin, Thailand. 

I choose to come to America because my cousin used to be an exchange student in America, and he had a very great experience and a lot of fun. I also want to practice my English skills and learn more about American culture.

Living here is pretty different from my hometown. Back home, I have to wear a uniform to school, stand in line, show respect for the nation while singing the national anthem every morning. In most of the high schools in Thailand, you have to choose a program to study such as Science-Math, Language-Arts,Arts-Math, Arts-Society and so on. The subjects you will study depend on the program that you choose.

I really love the environment here, with a lot of trees and everything seems pretty to me. I’m also excited about colored leaves in fall and snow in winter. 

Now, let me tell you about my home. Thailand is in Southeast Asia. It’s about 8614 miles far from America and 12 hours ahead of us. It has mountains in the North, plateaus in the North East, lowlands in the Central and surrounded by sea in the South. The weather is warm and humid. The average temperature is around 64-93 (no snow!!). 

The capital city is Bangkok. Its full name is also the longest city place-name in the world, which is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit”,

 

My hometown is in Surin province (North-East of Thailand). Elephants are very popular there. My province is known for having very good trainers. Often families teach younger generations how to become trainers. It has an elephant village to train elephants and elephant fair which is held in November of every year. The picture on the right below taken by my father was a parade going right in front of our house.

     

My favorite festival is Songkran Day or Thai New Year. It is in April 13, but it is usually celebrated between April 13-15.  It is a great opportunity for family members to gather together and give value to the Buddhist religion which is most Thai people’s religion. The activity that people are looking forward to the most is splashing water to each other because water is a symbol of abundance, and they believe that it’ll make the rain come.  Agriculture is very important to Thailand,

       

Thai food is a great attraction for foreigners to come to Thailand. Due to its uniqueness and deliciousness, Thai restaurants are built around the world. Thai food is consisted of rice in almost every meal. One of the reasons that rice is so popular is because Thailand is a large rice producer and exporter.  From the record Thai Hom Mali won World’s Best Rice 2016 and 2017. Moreover, Surin province is also the important rice producer in Thailand.

Thai food is special and different from others because there’s a blend of flavors, in other words,  you can taste sweet, sour, spicy and salty at the same time. The ingredients in Thai food are healthy and have many medical values such as lemon grass in curry can be used as a pain reliever and help the digestive system. Thai traditional food is usually made exquisitely by using a carving technique. 

   

If you are interested in swimming, sunbathing, diving or walking along the beach, I recommend you visit Lee Peh island.

Lee Peh island is known as Maldives of Thailand. It is in Satun province. It’s famous for clear water, white sand,  beautiful coral, and sea animals. You can go diving, watching the sun set, eating seafood, kayaking and of course relaxing.

   

Traditional Thai musical instruments are the musical instruments used in the traditional and classical music of Thailand. They comprise a wide range of wind, string, and percussion instruments.

They are classified into four categories, by the action used in playing: plucking (plucked string instruments), bowing (bowed string instruments),striking (percussion instruments and hammered dulcimer), blowing (wind instruments).

 

This is an example of Thai musical instruments: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXIPQFL6VOY

It’s wonderful to be an exchange student in America, and I hope you can visit Thailand.

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