Bamboo in Thailand and how it is used in day to day life.

Bamboo in Thailand – ไม้ไผ่ ในประเทศไทย

My favorite country in Southeast Asia in Thailand and we thought we would share some facts about bamboo in Thailand with you!

Did you know that there are over 35 different species of bamboo in Thailand and it’s used in a variety of ways. It is one of the most important plants in the country and also very common in and around the countryside, the villages, the towns and the cities’. If you walk around Chatuchak Market or more commonly known as JJ Market in Bangkok you can find  a huge array Thai handicrafts made from bamboo, it’s a bamboo lovers paradise!

Everywhere you go in Thailand you will see bamboo being used in one or another. Bamboo is used in construction for scaffolding, building houses and rafts, bamboo’s high tensile strength is ideal for these purposes. On many occasions walking around in a Thai village or even in Bangkok I have bamboo scaffolding being used, at the time I didn’t know how strong it was!

Bamboo in Thailand uses

Bamboo in Thailand can be used for furniture and tools, many websites have bamboo home ware products made from bamboo. Try Dragonfly Bamboo for some authentic home ware items crafted by hand from bamboo. Food is prepared with bamboo shoots and the canes are sold to other countries to boost the economy.

The bamboo stems or culms have a wide variety of uses in Thailand, they can be used for pillars, walls, beams and the roofs of hill tribe huts. Bamboo is also used for making furniture, garden tools, household tools, tooth picks, tooth brushes, craftwork, chopsticks, baskets and paper making. Bamboo fibers are used in the process of making clothes and bedding in Thailand.

Bamboo in Thailand, Bamboo baskets at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok

Bamboo baskets at Chatuchak Market, Bangkok

Bamboo house – บ้าน ไม้ไผ่

I have stayed in a rural house in Northeast Thailand and all around the building were bamboo plants used as windbreakers and general landscaping. Some are some fantastic reviews of bamboo houses and how you can build on the internet, if you are interested, this article in Thai Visa forum is very helpful.

Bamboo in Thailand, A Bamboo house in Thailand

A Bamboo house in Thailand

Bamboo shoots – หน่อไม้

Bamboo is a staple ingredient of Thai cuisine, I have many dishes in Bangkok with bamboo shoots, very tasty. The bamboo shoots can be prepared raw, cooked or pickled, the shoots are high in vitamins A, B1, B2 and C. There are some excellent Thai recipes online for using bamboo shoots as part of a dish, you should try Pork and Bamboo stir fry, very tasty!

Bamboo in Thailand, Spicy Bamboo Thai style

Spicy Bamboo Thai style

Summary of bamboo in Thailand

I hope you enjoyed our bamboo in Thailand article? Let us know if you would like to know more about bamboo and its uses

Bamboo in Thailand

Jennifer Miller

Chief editor here at Everything Bamboo, I'm a proud mother of three passionate about the environment and ways to live healthier!

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Lee-Anne - January 29, 2016

Bamboo is an amazing all rounder. I think that some of the bamboo fabric is wonderfully cool and soft. I also think that some the bamboo is exported to Australia for use in sustainable timber floors.


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