Collection: Traditional Thai and Laos Musical Instruments

Traditional Thai musical instruments (Thai: เครื่องดนตรีไทย, RTGSKhrueang Dontri Thai) are the musical instruments used in the traditional and classical music of Thailand. They comprise a wide range of wind, string, and percussion instruments played by the Thai majority and the nation's ethnic minorities.

In the traditional Thai system of organology, they are classified into four categories by the action used in playing:

  1. Plucking (plucked string instruments; เครื่องดีด, khrueang dit)
  2. Bowing (bowed string instruments; เครื่องสี, khrueang si)
  3. Striking (percussion instruments and hammered dulcimer; เครื่องตี, khrueang ti)
  4. Blowing (wind instruments; เครื่องเป่า, khrueang pao)

Traditional Thai musical instruments are also classified into four categories according to the region in which they are used.

More info can be found here on Wikipedia