in Khao San Road, Bangkok
According to several sources there are about 1000 Jewish people permanently living in Thailand, the major part of them are concentrated in Khao San Road, Bangkok, but smaller communities exist in Chiang Mai, Phuket and Koh Samui. In the 17th century the so-called Baghdadi Jews from Russia first arrived here and later the Ashkenazi Jews fled from Russia to Thailand as well, prior to Russia they used to live along the Rhine river in Germany. Their community in Thailand expanded even more when Persian Jews were fleeing from persecution in Iran in the 1970s and 1980s. Nowadays they have own shops, restaurants, synagogues, schools including kindergartens and own cemeteries. (The latter one was obtained after a one year debate with the authorities.)
Technically the term ‘farang’ refers to a Western Caucasian, so some might argue, this is not the case for every Jewish individual living in Thailand, but hey, Israel even joins in with the European song contest, don’t ask me why.