A great video showing the early days in Samui, from first settlers through to the making of the first roads...
The fact that children as young as five and six years old begin their careers in such a violent sport has obviously been a source of controversy.
However in recent times, especially in tourist areas, Thai people have become very forgiving if the Wai is not performed correctly. They appreciate the fact that you have made an attempt to be polite and are respectful of their culture.
Even though historical relics of Samui have been discovered dating back more than 1,200 years, it was not until the late 1800’s that Samui, started to become known, even to the Thai people themselves.
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