Thailex Travel Encyclopedia

Thailex is a celebration of the richness of the Orient. With over 9,000 inputs and over 11,000 pictures, it goes beyond where any dictionary or guidebook will take you. Though it initially focuses on Thailand, it has over time expanded its horizon well beyond those political borders, to the larger contiguous area of the Far East, including much of Southeast Asia, as well as South and East Asia, especially with regards to wildlife.



The Author

Thailex is entirely and single-handedly written, translated and composed by Yves Masure, who studied Thai at the Institute of Languages of the Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok, in addition to several modern and classical languages, including English, French, German and Norwegian (Bokmål). He also mastered to read and write the Devanagari script used for Sanskrit and Hindi, as well as the Lao and Khmer (Cambodian) scripts and some Chinese (Mandarin). As an independent scholar and a former student of theology with an interest in exegesis and history, he also gained an in-depth knowledge of classical and oriental literature as an autodidact, and studied Greek (Koine) at the Evangelical Theological Faculty in Leuven and Hebrew (Aramaic) at the Theologicum of the Diocesan Seminar in Antwerp, both in Flanders, Belgium. Yves has travelled and lived in Southeast Asia since 1993 and Thailex is the result of over two decades of travel, research, translation and archiving.



All lay-out, text and illustrations* in this work are the property of Thailex and Yves Masure, and protected by copyright. No part of this work may be copied, reproduced or electronically saved without prior and explicit permission of the owner. By starting the Thailex DVD or opening the supporting website, the user accepts and is bound by these conditions. *For illustrations scanned from Thai postage stamps, of which the ultimate and exclusive rights belong to Thailand Post, Co. Ltd., permission has been granted.



Important Notice


Thailex is best viewed in Windows and with Microsoft Internet Explorer. The use of any other browser may result in an incorrect display of the lay-out and/or a flawed navigation. Thailex has been designed with Windows FrontPage and to some extend with Dreamweaver, yet some of the pages, bookmarks and pictures are tagged with names in Thai script. Those are all supported and work fine when using Microsoft Internet Explorer.


To ensure correct navigation when using the Apple iPhone or MacBook it is advised to use the browser Chrome or Firefox. If browsing with Safari on MacBook the Text Encoding should be changed to Thai (Windows), which can be done in the View section on the Menu Bar, by extending the last entry of the drop down list. However, this option is not available on iPhone and when the browser is left in Default or any other setting, hyperlinks referring to bookmarks containing Thai script will only go to the page referred to and not the intended bookmark on the page. Hence, if you are experiencing any of the aforementioned problems, either change the settings or try using another browser or operation system.


Using an alternative browser or operation system may result in certain features, such as hyperlinks, not working properly, whilst some operational features, such as those needed for interactive maps, automated data-tags, and videos, may not be supported. If available, the browser's Text Encoding is best changed to Thai (Windows) if any navigation or display problems occur. Otherwise, try using Chrome, Firefox, or, for the best results, the Windows OS with Microsoft Internet Explorer, so you can fully enjoy Thailex and its content.


When using a computer with a high resolution (high DPI) display, the layout, pictures and text, especially on Windows laptops, may appear tiny and illegible due to the densely packed pixels. This can swiftly be fixed either by simply giving the command Ctrl+0, or by zooming in manually by clicking the keys Ctrl+ until the desirable size and view has been reached. For a proper text rendering the Text size in the View option of the Menu bar should be set at Medium.