Christine Koh

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I'm Christine Koh, a music and brain neuroscientist turned multimedia creative. I'm the founder + editor of Boston Mamas, co-author of Minimalist Parenting, co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast, and creative director at Women Online. Drop me a line; I'd love to chat about how we can work together!

13 Ways to Learn About Thai Culture

It's time to explore the world again! Our world tour has offered inspiration to learn about Brazilian, German, Swedish, and Polish culture. The fifth post in this editorial series with au pair agency Cultural Care Au Pair focuses on Thailand. Here are 13 ways to introduce your family to Thai culture. And as with the other posts, for my readers outside of Massachusetts, there are recommendations below that can be enjoyed from anywhere!

*** VISIT ***

1. Start to learn the Thai language at the Boston Language Institute.

2. Keep an eye on the Boston University Thai Student Association. They host an annual Thai festival with food and games.

*** SING & DANCE ***

3. Teach your children about traditional Thai folk dances including khon and lakhon.

4. Listen to traditional Thai children songs, such as the Elephant Song.

*** EAT & DRINK ***

5. My Thai Vegan Café in Boston shows that an extensive menu is no problem, even for vegans. I see spring rolls in my not so distant future! 

6. A Brighton fixture for over 15 years, Bamboo Thai offers authentic dishes at reasonable prices.

7. A repeat award winner, Montien Boston offers both Thai food and sushi.

8. Make the popular Thai classic pad thai at home.

9. This warm weather is the perfect time to enjoy a Thai iced tea!

*** CRAFT & READ***

10. Try making this pretty elephant craft.

11. Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho makes for a good bedtime picture book.

12. Another great book by Minfong Ho is Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek, which I've read countless times to Laurel and Violet!

13. The Girl Who Wore Too Much by Margaret MacDonald is a folk tale from Thailand about a young girl who is a bit spoiled and has more dresses and jewelry than she really needs. 

So fun, right? Enjoy exploring Thailand and I'm excited to share another installment of cultural educational material next month. Also, totally related: If you've been struggling to make sense of childcare options, Cultural Care Au Pair is co-hosting a childcare panel this week (May 28). Also, on June 13, enjoy a Musikgarten class!

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Disclosure: This post reflects a sponsored editorial partnership with Cultural Care Au Pair. Cultural Care Au Pair is a leading provider of intercultural childcare and educational exchange. Since 1989, Cultural Care Au Pair has placed more than 90,000 au pairs in American homes. Hosting an au pair offers many benefits, one of which includes the opportunity for your family to learn about another country's culture.

Image credits: 1) flag via Wikipedia; 2) compilation graphic by Christine Koh with images via linked sources above.


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