Ram wong, meaning to dance in a circle, is one of the most popular forms of Thai dance. It is a Thai folk dance, and as the name suggests, men and women come together in pairs and dance in a circle. Movements are slow and graceful, and this is one of the most social forms of dance out of the six.
Traditional Thai dancing is a combination of graceful body movements in addition to elaborate costumes and music. There are a total of six different forms of Thai dance: the khon, li-khe, ram wong, shadow puppetry, lakhon lek, and lakhon. One of the most distinctive aspects of this Thai art form is the costumes worn by the performers. Though the quality of the designs have gradually declined since its beginnings some centuries ago, the outfits still remain stunning and elaborate. Gold and silver sequins are used, and even unusual adornments such as beetle wings have been used in their creation.
Kohn is the traditional Thai masked dance. In the past, it was only performed for the royal family. It is now performed outside of the royal court, however, it is still considered to be one of the highest art forms in Thailand. The performances are derived from the Thai epic, Ramakien, which is the Thai version of the Hindu Ramayana. Most of the dancers are men, and they play a number of different characters, including men, women, demons, and monkeys. In addition to masks, these performances are accompanied by narrators and a Thai piphat orchestra, which usually consists of percussion and wind instruments.